“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pearland in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Settler's Cemetery

(0.2 miles west)

Old Settler's Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 31, 2008
1. Old Settler's Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Settlement of this area began as a result of railroad development through north Brazoria County in 1882. First known as Mark Belt, the townsite was platted in 1894 and named Pearland because of the abundance of pear orchards in the vicinity. An advertising campaign featuring favorable farm conditions brought many settlers to the area in the 1890s. Although some were discouraged by storm and freeze damage to their homes and crops in the early years, many remained and established permanent homes.

A community graveyard was begun with the burial of pioneer Echolean C. Ackerly, who died August 11, 1894. Four years later her burial plot and the surrounding land was officially dedicated as a cemetery. Six Civil War veterans are interred in the graveyard. The cemetery contains many types of burials. The early practice of scraping the earth over graves was followed by cement paving, gravel cover, and bricking. Styles of gravestones range from simple stone markers to tombstones featuring elaborately carved decorations.

Old Settler's Cemetery remained the primary community burial ground until 1936. It continues to serve as a reminder of Pearland's early history.
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9593.)
Old Settler's Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 19, 2006
2. Old Settler's Cemetery Marker
29° 34.633′ N, 95° 17.188′ W. Marker is in Pearland, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of Halik, on the right when traveling west on Halik. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pearland TX 77581, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Home and First Family (approx. 5.8 miles away); Fig Preserving Plant (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cecil and Frances Brown House (approx. 6.1 miles away); First Business (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 6.2 miles away); Friendswood Postal Service (approx. 6.2 miles away); Oldest Structure Remaining (approx. 6.2 miles away); Quaker Academy (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Old Settler's Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 19, 2006
3. Old Settler's Cemetery Entrance
Nice Arch
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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