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

William Gammell

(October 18, 1812 - April 10, 1869)

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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
1. William Gammell Marker
Inscription.  William Gammell was born in Ayshire, Scotland. He and his parents immigrated to the United States, settling in Lowell, Massachusetts. Gammell arrived in Texas during the spring of 1836, where he enlisted in the Texian Army on April 5. He served in the army under Captain Alfred Henderson Wyly and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Gammell also served as a gunsmith for the new Republic of Texas, rebuilding firearms for the army in the summer of 1836. In the summer of 1837 he served under Captain John Bowyer in the “Mounted Gun Men”, a volunteer group established by the Republic of Texas for the protection of the northern frontier from the Indians.

Gammell married Jane McDaniel, a native of New York, on July 19, 1839 in Houston. The couple had no children. In 1842 Gammell was again called to defend his new homeland and enlisted in Captain James Gillespie’s company in the spring of that year to defend San Antonio against an invasion by the Mexican army. Gammell again took up arms in September of 1842 and fought under Captain Jesse Billingsley against the Mexican army at the Battle of Salado Creek.

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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
2. William Gammell Gravesite
traveled to California during the Gold Rush, but returned to Texas to settle on 390 acres just outside the city limits, now situated under Highway 59 at Lyons Avenue in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Gammell opened a gunsmith shop on Congress Avenue in Houston circa 1851 and operated the business until his retirement in 1866. Gammell died unexpectedly from pneumonia in 1869 and was buried in Houston’s Masonic Cemetery. In 1900 he was reinterred in the Deutsche Gesellschaft (German Society) Cemetery, which is now Washington Cemetery.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15757.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 45.981′ N, 95° 23.325′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue. William Gammel is buried in Washington Cemetery, Section A, Lot 036. Washington Cemetery is 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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eugene Thomas Heiner (about 500 feet away); Washington Cemetery (about 500 feet away); James Robert Cade
William Gammell Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
3. William Gammell Grave Marker
(about 700 feet away); Gustav August Forsgard (about 700 feet away); Darius Gregg (about 700 feet away); Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen (about 800 feet away); Archibald Wynns (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Texas Centennial Marker Placed at Incorrect Gravesite
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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