Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Brenham Masonic Cemetery
Numerous gravestones dating from the early 1840s indicate that this burial ground was in use well before December of 1847, when it was formally deeded to the Graham Masonic Lodge #20 by Chauncey B. Shepard (1812-1892). Brenham's citizens buried many loved ones here in the latter part of 1867 as an epidemic swept through the area; the site has been commonly known as the Yellow Fever Cemetery ever since. Laid to rest here are: Pioneers; Veterans of the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution and the Civil War; State and Local Lawmakers and Officials; Educators; and many others who formed Washington County's heritage.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2002
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War of 1812 • War, Texas Independence • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 11.042′ N, 96° 24.098′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Old Masonic Cemetery Road (County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Deye Owings (a few steps from this marker); Lest They Be Forgotten (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Brenham Maifest (approx. ¾ mile away); Giddings-Wilkin House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Giddings Wilkin House Museum 1843 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Masonic Academy (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); First Christian Church of Brenham (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
Also see . . . Yellow Fever. Yellow fever created mass panic as it took lives, caused a concentration of deaths in only a few weeks, and brought commercial transactions to a standstill. Although other diseases, especially tuberculosis and smallpox, killed more people, yellow fever was dreaded as it brought horrible effects, and no one knew what caused the disease, although there was much speculation. Texans were aware that yellow fever flourished in the summer and ended with the first frost. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.