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Near West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Phillips Family Cemetery

 
 
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By Gregory Walker
1. Phillips Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Zeno Phillips, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" colonists, acquired land here in 1829. Zeno and his brothers John Clark, Sidney, and James Ray (J.R.) Phillips, served in the Republic of Texas Army. The cemetery began with the burial of Zeno and John C. Phillips in 1835. J.R., who inherited part of the property (known as Waverly Place), and members of his family are buried here. Descendants of J. R. Phillips sold the land in 1887. According to local tradition at one time Phillips Cemetery contained about a dozen large granite tombstones, a number of smaller grave markers, and an iron fence.
 
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9588.)
 
Location. 29° 9.204′ N, 95° 42.44′ W. Marker is near West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1301 and County Route 376, on the right when traveling south on Road 1301. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, 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. W. H. Abrams Well No. 1 (approx. 2 miles away); Home of George B. McKinstry
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By Gregory Walker, July 27, 2016
2. Location of Phillips Family Cemetery Marker
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Columbia (approx. 3.6 miles away); Columbia - The First Capital of The Republic of Texas (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Capitol of the Republic of Texas (approx. 3.7 miles away); Columbia United Methodist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Columbia Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Columbia Rosenwald School (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
 
Additional comments.
1. Daughter of Zeno Phillips (1802 - 1835)
In the description on the historical marker for the Phillips Family Cemetery, there is mention of various Phillips family members who are buried there. Just wanted to point out that Zeno Phillips' (1802 - 1835) only daughter, Sarah Olivia Phillips (1835 - 1841), is also buried in this cemetery. Zeno only knew her for less that nine months before he passed away.

Olivia came into this world as a Mexican citizen, died as a citizen of the Texas Republic, and is now lays to rest in the United States of America. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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