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

George Dealey

(Jan. 20, 1829 - March 31, 1891)

 
 
George Dealey Marker (restored) image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 16, 2015
1. George Dealey Marker (restored)
Inscription. Born in Liverpool, England, George Dealey moved to Galveston in 1870 with his wife, Mary Ann (Nellins) Dealey (1829-1913), and their nine children. Dealey was a deeply religious man, who engaged in many charitable activities. In 1878 he persuaded Mrs. E.M. Arnold to help him organize a home for orphan children. He rented a house at 8th and Broadway, and on Oct. 20, 1878, opened the Island City Protestant Orphans Asylum.

Several clergymen quickly gave their support to the endeavor, and Galveston citizens donated funds. After one month, the orphanage moved to a 2-story building, owned by Mrs. John Hibbert, at the corner of 11th and Market Street. In 1879 Dealey turned control of the institution over to a board of directors headed by Judge Charles L. Cleveland. In January 1880, the home was chartered and moved to facilities on this site, where it continued to grow and gain support from the community. Renamed the Galveston Orphans' Home, it still follows admittance standards drawn up by its founder, George Dealey.

Dealey died in Dallas, where his family moved in 1889. Two of his sons, George Bannerman (1859-1946) and James Q. Dealey (1961-1937), later became well-known as publisher and editor of the "Dallas Morning News."
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
George Dealey Marker (vandalized) image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. George Dealey Marker (vandalized)
Number 7428.)
 
Location. 29° 17.849′ N, 94° 47.325′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on 21st Street near Avenue M, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Galveston Orphans Home (here, next to this marker); Galveston Children's Home (a few steps from this marker); Franklin-Wandless House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reedy Chapel A. M. E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweeney-Royston House (approx. ¼ mile away); William J. Killeen House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding George Dealey. This historical home and Orphanage has become a grand museum of Texas history. I urge anyone who's interested in Texas history or early weapons, saddles, spurs, explorers, people, documents, letters, Buffalo Soldiers, paintings and more to visit this wonderful museum.

Though it's described as "The...home to the world’s largest collection of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the Southwestern United
Galveston Children's Home image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
3. Galveston Children's Home
States," it's mostly Texas history.

Maybe it's because I went with low expectations, but it knocked my socks off!

See links for more description.
 
Also see . . .
1. Galveston Children's Home. Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Bryan Museum Website. (Submitted on August 16, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Article introducing The Bryan Museum. (Submitted on August 16, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
George Dealey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
4. George Dealey Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 547 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on August 16, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   4. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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