December 30, 2016

Edward M. Tanner (1815-1867)

Born in 1815, Tanner came to Texas in 1827 with his family, likely settling in what is now Liberty County. In 1835, he was elected to the Committee of Safety for the municipality of Liberty, the first of many future city appointments. During the Revolution, he enlisted in the Texican army on March 6, 1836, and was assigned to Captain William M. Logan's Company of Liberty Volunteers, with whom he fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. Discharged that following June, he returned to Liberty and once again involved himself with local government and politics. On March 26, 1855, he was appointed the overseer for Precinct II, Liberty County, by the County Commissioners. In 1862, during the Civil War, he tried to enlist in the regular army, but was declared too old, and instead became attached to Wheat's Company A, Texas State Troops, a support unit. Tanner died some time in 1867 and buried in Boothe Cemetery in north Liberty County.

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Boothe Cemetery
Tarkington Prairie

December 27, 2016

John Arledge (1906-1947)

Johnson Lundy Arledge was born on March 12, 1906 (his grave marker is incorrect) in Crockett, Texas. After studying at the University of Texas, he started his career in vaudeville for two years and stock with David Belasco before transitioning to film. He kickstarted his acting career in various films such as Young Sinners (1931), Heartbreak (1931) and the remake Daddy Long Legs (1931) with Janet Gaynor. He also appeared in Week-Ends Only (1932), the sports drama Huddle (1932) with Ramon Novarro and Olsen's Big Moment (1933). He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in Flirtation Walk (1934) with Dick Powell, the Charles "Buddy" Rogers musical Old Man Rhythm (1935), the Dick Powell musical Shipmates Forever (1935) and Devil Dogs of the Air (1935). Toward the end of his career, he continued to act in Twelve Crowded Hours (1939), the Vivien Leigh box office smash dramatic adaptation Gone With the Wind (1939) and the drama Strange Cargo (1940) with Joan Crawford. He also appeared in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and the James Cagney drama City For Conquest (1940). His final film was Dark Passage (1947) with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Arledge died later that year and was buried in his hometown. Source

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Evergreen Memorial Park

December 23, 2016

Elijah Votaw (1817-1890)

Elijah Votaw was born in Saint Louis County, Missouri, on February 1, 1817 and came to Texas via Arkansas with his parents in April, 1835. The Votaws settled early in what is now Grimes County. He served in the army from March 1 to July 1, 1836 and was wounded at San Jacinto while a member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company. Votaw moved often after he left the army, first settling in Oakville, then Cotulla where he remained until 1885 when he moved to San Antonio. He died there at his home on November 17, 1890 and buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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Odd Fellows Cemetery
San Antonio

December 20, 2016

Elliott McNeil Millican (1808-1860)

Elliott Millican, pioneer physician and legislator, the son of Nancy Jane (McNeil) and Robert Hemphill Millican, was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, in 1808. In December 1821 he arrived in Texas as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists with his parents, eight brothers, and two sisters. He received title to a sitio of land adjoining his father's grant on March 31, 1831. He was appointed constable of Washington County in 1839 and was elected sheriff of Navasota County in 1841. When the Congress of the Republic of Texas formed Brazos County in 1843, Millican was appointed sheriff. In elections held in Brazos County in March 1839 he was elected to the office, which he held until 1844, when he was elected representative for Brazos County to the Ninth Congress of the republic (1844-45). When Austin was chosen to replace Washington-on-the-Brazos as capital, Millican signed a resolution protesting the move. He was elected representative from Brazos County to the First, Second, and Third Texas legislatures. He was elected senator from Brazos County to the Fifth and Sixth legislatures. He resigned from the Senate during the sixth session because of a widespread epidemic; as one of the few physicians resident in Brazos County, he thought he was needed there. He devoted himself to his medical practice until his death. Millican married Elizabeth Clampitt, a member of Austin's second colony and daughter of Susanah G. Clampitt, on June 14, 1827, at Fort Tenoxtitl├ín. They had four sons and three daughters. After Elizabeth's death Millican married Marcella Elizabeth Boyce Triplett, who had a young son by a previous marriage. The couple had four more sons. As members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Millican and his first wife donated 1½ acres of land for a church building; the Millican United Methodist Church still occupied this land in 1990. In 1859, when the Houston and Texas Central Railway extended its line to his community, Millican sold land to the railroad for its right-of-way; the tracks were still in use in 1990. Millican's home was known as the Log Cabin Inn and served as a popular hotel and restaurant. Millican died at his home in Millican during a cholera epidemic on October 13, 1860. Source

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Weaver Cemetery

Margaret Julia Trigg (1964-2003)

Margaret Juliet Trigg was born May 30, 1964, in Bastrop, Texas, to Kleber and Minifred Trigg. She graduated from Bastrop High School in 1982 and Stephens Womans College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1985 with a B.A. Degree in Literature and Dramatic Art, then spent her junior year at Oxford University in England. After graduation, she lived in Dallas and briefly in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 1989 where she worked tirelessly writing her own stand up comedy routines. A skilled comedian, her popularity took off  after performances at Caroline's Comedy Club, The Comic Strip, The New York Comedy Club and others. She appeared on several television shows and won a starring role as alien mother Cookie Brody in Aliens in the Family on ABC. She began accepting roles in movies, and starred in two low budget films, R.O.T.O.R. and Dream House. It was around this time that she became heavily addicted to plastic surgery, mostly on her face to fix issues that weren't there. Margaret quickly went bankrupt from spending every dollar she earned on imaginary flaws. In 2003, she died of a heart attack triggered by extreme amphetamine abuse.

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Fairview Cemetery

December 16, 2016

John Edward Lewis (1808-1892)

John Edward Lewis, Republic of Texas Veteran, was born on October 3, 1808, to Joseph and Mary Lewis, one of three children. Lewis arrived in Texas in March 1834, where he settled in Stephen F. Austin's fourth colony, present-day Fayette County. At some point, Lewis returned to New York, because he married his wife, Anna Scott, of Albany. During Texas' fight for independence, Lewis fought with Captain William J.E. Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers, where he participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. According to his service record, Lewis served in the army from February 28 to May 24, 1836. After the war, Lewis received 320 acres of land for his service, which he later sold. He received another 640 acres for taking part in the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1883, the Lewis family moved from Fayette County to Austin, where John, a member of the Texas Veterans Association, died on April 1, 1892. Anna died at age 84 on May 24, 1896. Together, John and Anna had 13 children: William, John, James, Jacob, Alfred, Lettie, Phebe, Emily, Mary, Annie, Nellie, Jesse, and Betty. After their deaths, Emily had her parents' remains moved to the Texas State Cemetery, where the State of Texas erected a monument over their grave.

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Republic Hill
Texas State Cemetery

December 13, 2016

Edward Theodore "Fred" Link (1886-1939)

Born March 11, 1886, in Columbus, Ohio, Edward Theodore "Fred" Link was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season. He debuted on April 15, 1910, for the Cleveland Naps, playing in 22 games before he was traded to the St. Louis Browns, but only played three games before he was released. His last Major League appearance was on August 25, 1910. He quit baseball and worked 19 years as a clerk in the general offices of the Texas Company in Houston. Link died in Houston on May 22, 1939, of cancer.

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Section 12
Rosewood Park Cemetery

December 9, 2016

David Grieves (?-1837)

Outside of military records, there is no biographical information about David Grieves. He was born in Scotland, enlisted in Company I, Regiment of Regular Infantry, on February 20, 1836 and was a member of Captain Henry Teal's Company at San Jacinto. He rose through the ranks quickly; appointed Quartermaster Sergeant May 9, 1836, and when discharged on May 31, 1837, he was a 2nd Lieutenant. Grieves died shortly after, on June 15, 1837 while living in Houston and buried in the city cemetery.

Note: This is a cenotaph.  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.

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Founders Memorial Park

December 6, 2016

Karla Faye Tucker (1959-1998)

Tucker was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the youngest of three sisters. The marriage of her parents was very troubled, and her parents divorced when she was 10. By age 12, she had begun taking drugs and having sex; at age 14 she dropped out of school and followed her mother into prostitution. When she was in her early 20s, she met a man named Jerry Dean who introduced her to a man named Daniel Garrett, whom she started dating. After spending the weekend using drugs, Tucker and Garrett entered Dean's apartment around 3 a.m. on June 13, 1983, intending to steal a motorcycle he was restoring. During the burglary, Dean awoke, and Garrett struck him numerous times with a hammer before leaving to carry more motorcycle parts out. Tucker picked up a three foot pickax and began striking Dean before Garrett returned and dealt him a final blow to the chest. When Garrett left the bedroom again, Tucker noticed a woman who had hidden under the bed covers. The woman, Deborah Ruth Thornton, had gone to a party with Dean and ended up spending the night. Tucker proceeded to hit her repeatedly with the pickaxe, then embedded it in her heart. Tucker would later testify that she experienced intense multiple orgasms with each blow. Five weeks after the killings, police investigation led to the arrests of the two. In September 1983, they were indicted for murder and tried separately. Tucker entered a plea of not guilty and was jailed awaiting trial. Shortly after being imprisoned, she became a Christian and later married her prison minister, Dana Brown. Though the death penalty was hardly ever sought for female defendants, Tucker was sentenced to death in 1984. Between 1984 and 1992, requests for a retrial and appeals were denied, but Tucker requested that her life be spared as she was under the influence of drugs during the murders. Her plea drew support from abroad and also from some leaders of American conservatism, but the board still rejected her appeal. On February 2, 1998, Tucker was flown from the holding prison in Gatesville to the Huntsville Unit. The next day she was executed via lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. She was the first woman executed in Texas in 135 years, and the second woman executed in the United States since 1976. Source

Note: Coordinates withheld.

Acacia Section 14
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery

December 2, 2016

Matthew Winston Cartwright (1815-1884)

Born January 22, 1815, in Washington County, Alabama, Matthew arrived in Texas December 22, 1832 after his father Peter bought some property there. He took part in some early engagements of the Texas revolution, notably at the Storming and Capture of Bexar, (December 5 - 10, 1835) as a member of Joseph L. Bennett's Company. He left the service on December 24 and returned to his father's farm in what is now Montgomery County. he and his brother William enlisted in the Texas army on April 12, 1836. Nine days later, as a member of William Ware's Company, both William and Matthew fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. The two left the army on the same day, June 13, 1836. Cartwright died December 4, 1884 and buried in the Cartwright family cemetery. The State of Texas erected a monument at his grave in 1936.

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Rabon Chapel Cemetery