Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The first permanent settlers in this area were Dr. John Magee and his wife, Alief, who came from Ellis County in 1896. The community originally was known as Dairy, but was renamed in 1897 for Mrs. Magee, the town's first Postmistress. By 1899, there was a small but growing community here, with most families involved in ranching and farming.
In 1900, the need for a cemetery became evident, and this property was deeded for use as a graveyard by Francis I. Meston to Dr. John Magee, Newton Gentry, and Hardy Price. Many of the early settlers are buried here, including Alief Magee (1851-1899) and cotton farmer John D. Cook (1867-1954). About one-half of the approximately 100 graves are those of babies, pointing to the hardships resulting from childbirth and infant diseases.
The 1900 hurricane caused much property damage in Alief, and many families became discouraged and left the community. Most of them later returned to help fight the problem of area flooding, including organization of the first Harris County Flood Control District.
Although little evidence of the original community remains, the Alief Cemetery stands
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10589.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 29° 42.191′ N, 95° 36.286′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of South Dairy Ashford Road and Bellaire Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on South Dairy Ashford Road. The marker is located 100 feet south of the front gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6900 S Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston TX 77072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dairy (Alief) (approx. one mile away); Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. (approx. 3˝ miles away); Moore Log House (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hodge's Bend Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away); Stafford's Point (approx. 5.6 miles away); Sugar Land Independent School District No. 17 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Sugar Land Refinery (approx. 6 miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . Alief Texas. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on November 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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