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

Pillot Cemetery

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By Brian Anderson, April 11, 2021
1. Pillot Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The earliest known settler on Willow Creek was Frenchman Claude Nicholas Pillot (1793-1862), whose family immigrated to the United States in 1832 and to Texas in 1837. He and his wife, Jeanne, established a home and farm in the area, and soon other French settlers joined them. Church services and school classes were held in private homes until permanent structures could be built.

This cemetery began as a family burial ground upon the death of August Pillot, 21-year-old son of Claude and Jeanne, in September 1844. The Pillots also provided burial spaces to their friends and neighbors, but the Pillot family plot remains the focal point of the graveyard. The large monument in the center of the plot was manufactured in France and shipped to Cypress for transportation to the cemetery. Although Claude Pillot died in New Orleans after a business trip, Jeanne died at home in 1866 and is buried in the family plot.

Although there were a few burials over the next several decades, for the most part the graveyard was untended. In 1959, efforts began to re-establish the site as a community cemetery, and the last known burial took place
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in 1997.

There are approximately 70 graves in the Pillot Cemetery, including three veterans of the Civil War. Through its burials and tombstones, the cemetery is an important reflection of the area's history.

Incise in base: Sponsored by Chaparral Genealogical Society
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12830.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1844.
Location. 30° 3.864′ N, 95° 36.235′ W. Marker is near Tomball, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Holderrieth Road. Marker is located near the rear of the Carmen/Nelson/Bostick Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tomball TX 77375, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Texas Railroads, C. S. A. (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tomball (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pillot Family (approx. 2.6 miles away); Griffin Memorial House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Amos Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Spring Creek County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Peter Wunderlich Home (approx. 4.1 miles away); Wunderlich Farm (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tomball.
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By Brian Anderson, April 11, 2021
3. Pillot Cemetery Monument
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.

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May. 12, 2021