February 3, 2017

John H. Smith

Born in Northfield, New Hampshire in 1810, John Smith arrived at Velasco, January 28, 1836 on the schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited in New Orleans by Captain Amasa Turner for the army of Texas. He was a member of Captain Turner's Company B, 1st Regiment Regular Infantry at San Jacinto, but with the promotion of Captain Turner to lieutenant colonel, the men of his company were transferred to Company A, First Regiment of Regular Infantry. On June 21, he was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant on the staff of Lieutenant Colonel Millard, and shortly afterward promoted to captain and put in command of Company A, stationed on Galveston Island. There are no records of where or when he died, only that he was laid to rest in the City Cemetery in Houston.

Unmarked. Founders Memorial Park, originally founded in 1836 as Houston's first city cemetery, was rapidly filled due to a yellow fever epidemic and closed to further burials around 1840. The cemetery became neglected over a period of time, often vandalized and was heavily damaged by the 1900 hurricane. In 1936, despite a massive clean up effort, a century of neglect had taken its toll. The vast majority of grave markers were either destroyed or missing and poor record keeping prevented locating individual graves. Several cenotaphs were placed in random areas throughout the park in honor of the more high-profile citizens buried there, but a great number of graves go unmarked to this day. John Smith's is one of them.

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Founders Memorial Park

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