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

Crenshaw Family Cemetery

Crenshaw Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, October 4, 2020
1. Crenshaw Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Virginia native and Civil War veteran James A. Crenshaw wed Henrietta Barker Elliott in Kentucky in 1870. Two years later, with their first child, they moved to Bolivar Peninsula and constructed a two-story house in this vicinity. James, a successful farmer, transported his produce across the water to Galveston markets using his fleet of nine sailboats. The couple eventually had ten children; two young daughters died, one in 1875, the other in 1882, and the family buried them here in a grove of oak trees close to the house.

The family's home survived the 1900 Galveston Hurricane; after the storm, the J.A. Crenshaws left the peninsula. Two sons remained, and daughter Helen Crenshaw wed Dr. Newell W. Atkinson in Edna, Texas, in 1907. The land containing the burial ground remained in family hands, but the iron fencing around the cemetery gradually disappeared except for a portion imbedded in a tree. In 2003, two descendants of Helen and Newell Atkinson donated land, including the burial ground, to the Galveston Independent School District, which maintains the historic cemetery as a link to early Bolivar settlers.

Crenshaw Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, October 4, 2020
2. Crenshaw Family Cemetery
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Texas Cemetery - 2004

Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13814.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 25.633′ N, 94° 41.433′ W. Marker is near Port Bolivar, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on State Highway 87 west of Helen Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 State Highway 87, Port Bolivar TX 77650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Bolivar (approx. 1½ miles away); Bolivar Point (approx. 5.8 miles away); Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (approx. 5.8 miles away); Fort Travis (approx. 5.8 miles away); Fort San Jacinto (approx. 7.4 miles away); SS Selma (approx. 8.2 miles away); Galveston: Gateway to Texas (approx. 8.2 miles away); Galveston Quarantine Stations (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Bolivar.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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