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

Bayland Orphanage

(Site 1/2 mi. SE)

 
 
Bayland Orphanage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2012
1. Bayland Orphanage Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1866 by Texas Confederate veterans for children of deceased soldiers. Had capacity for 250. Rev. Henry F. Gillette was first superintendent. C.S.A. Col. Ashbel Smith, diplomat, soldier and statesman, was staff doctor. Trustees included leading citizens.

Donations from Harris and Galveston counties started the home, but later gifts came from as far away as New Orleans.

After the Confederate children grew up, home and school were opened to others. Bayland was forerunner of the De Pelchin Faith Home, of Houston.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10609.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 29° 42.785′ N, 94° 59.611′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in Bayland Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bayland Guards (here, next to this marker); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek
Bayland Orphanage, The Bayland Guards and Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek Markers image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. Bayland Orphanage, The Bayland Guards and Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek Markers
The small marker on the right is Bayland Orphanage
(here, next to this marker); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ashbel Smith M.D. (approx. 2 miles away); K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 2.1 miles away); Morgan's Point Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Homesite of William Scott (approx. 2.7 miles away); Humble Oil & Refining Company (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
 
Also see . . .  From Fold3 Military Records. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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