“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Washington Cemetery

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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
1. Washington Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The Deutsche Gesellschaft von Houston, founded in 1875, established the German Society Cemetery in February 1887 by purchasing this property, then located outside the city limits, from the heirs of John Lawrence and Thomas Hart. Twelve-space family lots were sold to Society members for $10 and to the public for $25. It was renamed Washington Cemetery in 1918 due to anti-German sentiment during World War I.

Though headstones of reinterred persons show birth dates as early as 1800 and death dates as early as 1855, the earliest known burial is that of three-year-old Pauline Ottilie Zeitler, on March 31, 1887. As least 15 citizens of the Republic of Texas and immigrants from more than 20 nations lie at rest here. Eighteen lots are owned by fraternal, labor, or veteran groups. More than 7600 persons are interred here, with more added each year.

Also buried here are more than 300 veterans of nine wars, from the Black Hawk War of 1832 to Vietnam, including more than 135 Confederate and Union veterans. Sarah Emma Evelyn (Edmonds) Seelye, aka Franklin Thompson, is noted for writing a book about her service as a man in the
Washington Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
2. Washington Cemetery Marker
Federal Army, 1861-63.

After the last charter expired in 1947, the superintendent's widow and her housekeeper tried to maintain the cemetery, but they did not have the resources needed. By the 1970s, it was badly overgrown. Concerned Citizens for Washington Cemetery Care (CCWCC) was founded in 1977, cleared away the jungle-like growth, and cared for the cemetery over the next 22 years. In 1997, CCWCC became the first group in Texas legally granted the authority to "restore, operate, and maintain a historic cemetery" under a 1995 Texas law; that authority was transferred to adjacent Glenwood Cemetery in 1999.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2012

Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18068.)
Location. 29° 45.897′ N, 95° 23.3′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Custus Street, on the right when traveling east. The main entrance into Washington Cemetery from the street is no longer open. The cemetery can be accessed through the adjacent Glenwood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2911 Washington Avenue, Houston TX 77007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellis Benson (within shouting distance of this marker); Gustav August Forsgard
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen (about 400 feet away); Edwin Fairfax Gray (about 400 feet away); Archibald Wynns (about 500 feet away); William Gammell (about 500 feet away); Irvin Capers Lord (about 700 feet away); Eugene Thomas Heiner (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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