Richmond in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
On Labor No. 1 of Mexican land grant to William Morton, 1822 settler in advance party of Austin's "Old 300" colonists; founded 1825 when Morton buried Robert Gelaspie (Gillespie), a brother Mason who had met with foul play. Later he erected a handmade brick tomb, the first known Masonic landmark in Texas.
In an 1833 Brazos flood, Morton himself met death and his body was lost. His widow Nancy inherited Labor No. 1 and sold it to Handy & Lusk, promoters of the Richmond townsite. In 1854 the parcel of land encompassing the cemetery was acquired by Michael DeChaumes. In the 1890s Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M., gained possession of "DeChaumes Cemetery" and operated it as Richmond Masonic Cemetery until the early 1940s. It was then turned over to the newly-formed Richmond Cemetery Association, which later was retitled Morton Cemetery Association, probably to have its name conform to "Morton Cemetery" -- the name in use ever since the era of Lodge ownership.
The cemetery has become a memorial to its founder.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee
Location. 29° 35.187′ N, 95° 45.761′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Horton Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Commerce Road, Richmond TX 77469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John's United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The McFarlane House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Constantine W. Buckley (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Bend County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Home of Randal Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Fort Bend (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the Home of Mirabeau B. Lamar (approx. one mile away); Dismounted Texas Cavalry (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Additional keywords. Santa Anna, Battle of San Jacinto
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