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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Richmond, Texas

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Richmond is the county seat for Fort Bend County
Richmond is in Fort Bend County
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1 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8970 — Booth
Freeman Irby (F.I.) Booth came in 1885 to Richmond, where he met and wed Mildred Ryon Wheat in 1889. They purchased land and built a home here. In the 1890s, Booth brought 30 families from South Carolina to work the land, planting cotton, corn, . . . Map (db m158432) HM
2 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8983 — Calvary Episcopal Church
This congregation grew out of Episcopal Missionary efforts that began soon after Texas gained its independence from Mexico. In 1859, through the effort of Judge W.E. Kendall, the first church building was erected and the church became a parish. . . . Map (db m158436) HM
3 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 18098 — Church of The Living God, Pillar and Ground of Truth
The Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of Truth was the first of its kind and denomination in Richmond, established in 1918 by evangelist Isom Ford. The first church was built in 1923 on Fourth and Travis Streets in the Freeman Town area. . . . Map (db m206016) HM
4 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9059 — City of Richmond
Area was settled in 1822 by members of Stephen F. Austin's colony, who first called their community "Fort Settlement." Earliest known burial was made by Wm. Morton, who donated land for Morton Cemetery. Town was formally laid out 1837 by land . . . Map (db m126518) HM
5 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8981 — Constantine W. BuckleyTexas Confederate Legislator — (1815 - 1865) —
Came to Texas from Georgia, 1838. Clerk, Republic of Texas State Department. Prominent Fort Bend County planter, lawyer, district judge and legislator. Served as one of the speakers of Texas House of Representatives in critical Civil War . . . Map (db m126513) HM
6 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — Deaf Smith
The Texas Spy Died Nov. 30, 1837Map (db m158530) HM
7 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8989 — Dismounted Texas Cavalry
The 95,000 men of military age in Civil War Texas, unaccustomed to walking, preferred the daring and mobility of the cavalry used to scout the enemy, screen troop movements and make lightning attacks. 58,533 Texans joined it, riding their own horses . . . Map (db m27748) HM
8 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8990 — Early Courthouse Square
This square was deeded in 1838 to Fort Bend County by Robert E. Handy and William Lusk, founders of Richmond. It was site of 1850-1871 and 1888-1909 courthouses. Completed here 1888 was a two-story brick Victorian courthouse with bell tower . . . Map (db m126515) HM
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9 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9065 — Erastus ("Deaf") Smith(April 17, 1787 - November 30, 1837)
Most famous scout in Texas War for Independence. Obeyed Gen. Sam Houston's strategic order, then raised San Jacinto Battle Cry: "Fight for your lives! Vince's Bridge has been cut down." A native of New York, Smith settled in 1821 in San . . . Map (db m126519) HM
10 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8994 — Fort Bend County Courthouse
This classical revival building is the fifth courthouse for Fort Bend County, which was organized in 1837. The structure was designed by C. H. Page of Austin and dedicated in 1909. The contractor was the Texas Building Company, also of Austin. . . . Map (db m122796) HM
11 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8995 — Fort Bend County Jail
Completed in 1897, this structure was the third jail building in Fort Bend County. Built to communicate strength and justice to the area's lawless elements, the imposing Romanesque revival style structure features terra cotta decoration and massive . . . Map (db m129330) HM
12 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — Fort Bend War Memorial
In memory of all who died in the defense of our Country Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars American Legion Disabled American Veterans of Fort Bend County Texas November 11, 1990 Paid for by Citizens of Fort Bend County . . . Map (db m213746) WM
13 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 13291 — Foster Community
The Foster Community began in the fall of 1821 as a permanent campsite settled by Randolph Foster (1790-1887) on what was then one of the largest single land grants in Texas (11,601 acres). The John Foster grant, deeded by Stephen F. Austin, came . . . Map (db m157742) HM
14 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8615 — H. Schumacher Oil Works
Henry Schumacher (1832-1901), a native of Germany, opened one of the first cottonseed oil mills in this region in 1873, assembling the machinery with only the aid of an old encyclopedia. The oil works produced cottonseed oil, meal, and cake, and . . . Map (db m126532) HM
15 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9006 — Jane Long Boarding House
Born in Maryland in 1798, Jane H. Wilkinson moved to Mississippi (1811) and became the ward of her famous relative, Gen. James Wilkinson, field commander of the United States Army. Jane married Dr. James Long in 1815 and later followed him on a . . . Map (db m126517) HM
16 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 12960 — John Foster
John Foster was born on May 25, 1757, in South Carolina to William James and Mary (Hill) Foster. Family history indicates he may have served with his brothers in Charleston against a British attack in June 1776. He married Rachel (Gibson), and . . . Map (db m156722) HM
17 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8797 — John Foster Land Grant
John Foster (1757-1837) came to Texas in 1822 as a member of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" Colony. He received a grant of about 12,000 acres of land from the Mexican Government. Following his death the land was divided among his ten . . . Map (db m157733) HM
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18 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9008 — John McNabb
Member of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841 Born in Scotland Died April 27, 1894Map (db m126525) HM
19 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 22453 — Mamie and A.P. George
Both descendants of early Texas settlers, Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Davis (1877-1971) and Albert Peyton George (1873-1955) supported and served Richmond and Fort Bend County through a legacy of ranching and philanthropy. After they married in 1896, . . . Map (db m225747) HM
20 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9009 — McNabb House
Phillip Vogel, a German merchant, built this residence in the 1850s. It reflects the simple Greek revival style popular at the time. A. D. McNabb, owner of a saddlery shop, bought the property in 1887. He married Charlien Gloyd, daughter of . . . Map (db m129331) HM
21 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 15563 — Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar • The Father of Education in Texas • Born in Georgia August 16, 1798 • Founded the Columbus Enquirer • Came to Texas in 1836 • He commanded the cavalry at the Battle of San Jacinto • Served successively as Secretary of War, . . . Map (db m126864) HM
22 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9011 — Moore Home
Occupied by three generations of the Moore family, this house was built in 1883 by John M. Moore (1862-1940) for his bride Lottie (Dyer). A prosperous rancher, Moore served in the State Legislature and from 1905 to 1913 in the U.S. Congress. He . . . Map (db m158525) HM
23 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9012 — Morton Cemetery
Burial place of illustrious pioneers, including 1838-1841 Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar (1798-1859) and one of State's first women settlers, Jane Long (1798-1880), known as "The Mother of Texas." On Labor No. 1 of Mexican land . . . Map (db m126485) HM
24 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — Morton Cemetery 1822
Resting place of many Texas pioneers and heroes. Placed by Texas Society Daughters of American Colonists March 7, 1966Map (db m158444) HM
25 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — Morton Cemetery Veterans Flag Pole
This flagpole is dedicated to the memory of all the men and women buried in Morton Cemetery who have served in the Armed Forces of our Country from the War for independence from Mexico to the present. It is because of their gallant service . . . Map (db m213749) WM
26 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9050 — Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M.
Organized in 1850, the Morton Masonic Lodge was chartered on January 24, 1851. Named for "Old 300" colonist and Mason William Morton, the Lodge began with twenty charter members. The first lodge hall, located on Jackson Street, was replaced in 1855 . . . Map (db m126524) HM
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27 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9051 — Morton-McCloy House
"Old 300" settlers William Morton and his family operated Morton's Ferry here in the 1820s. Hand-hewn braced-frame construction suggests that at its core this house was built by the Mortons in the mid-1830s. Altered to its present appearance . . . Map (db m208114) HM
28 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9005 — Mrs. Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long
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29 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 12725 — Randolph Foster
Born in the Natchez District of Spanish West Florida on March 12, 1790, Randolph Foster was the son of John and Rachel (Gibson) Foster. After service in Captain Randal Jones' Company during the War of 1812, Randolph hunted and explored throughout . . . Map (db m156724) HM
30 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 18385 — Randon & Pennington Grant of 1824
In 1821, Stephen F. Austin was granted a permit from the Mexican government to act as empresario for 300 families to settle in Texas. That summer, he and the settlers, known as the Old Three Hundred, began crossing into Texas. From 1823 to 1824, . . . Map (db m209258) HM
31 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8993 — Site of Fort Bend
Built in November 1821 by William Little, William Smithers, Charles Beard, Joseph Polly, and Henry Holster. - Its name was given to the county when created in 1837.Map (db m126486) HM
32 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9004 — Site of the Home of Mirabeau B. Lamar1798-1859
Father of Texas education. President of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1841. He lived here from 1851 to 1859.Map (db m126512) HM
33 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9001 — Site of the Home of Randal Jones1786 - 1873
. . . Map (db m126487) HM
34 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9074 — Site of Thompson's Ferry
Where a part of the Mexican Army under command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna crossed the Brazos on April 14, 1836 en route to an engagement with the Texans • This occurred one week later at San Jacinto Erected by the State of . . . Map (db m158527) HM
35 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9064 — St. John's United Methodist Church — United Methodist Church Registered Historic Site No. 106 —
While Methodist missionaries had served the Richmond area as early as 1824, this congregation was organized January 22, 1839, by the Rev. Jesse Hord. Early members included some of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" colonists. The congregation built this . . . Map (db m122795) HM
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36 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8986 — The Darst-Yoder House
This 14-room Classical Revival structure of cypress and pine has 11-foot ceilings, four fireplaces; built in 1908 by R.H. Darst (1859-1938), grandson of an 1829 Texas pioneer, direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Here Darst and his wife Pearle . . . Map (db m225837) HM
37 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8987 — The John H. Pickens Davis House
Built by son of Kinchen Davis, who escaped death by drawing a white bean in famous Ordeal of Texans in 1842 Mexican Conflict. As a "Jaybird" leader, builder J. H. P. Davis (1851-1927), prevented lynchings in Jaybird-Woodpecker War of the 1880s. . . . Map (db m225748) HM
38 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9007 — The McFarlane House
A native of Scotland, Isaac McFarlane (1840-1900) served with Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War and later became a successful merchant in Richmond. This home was constructed for his family in the early 1880s by local builder Thomas Culshaw. . . . Map (db m122759) HM
39 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9055 — The Peareson-Winston House
Col. P.E. Peareson, a Civil War veteran and lawyer whose firm practiced in Richmond almost a century, moved this house to this site in 1869. The builder is not identified, and there have been Victorian additions, but the house retains great dignity. . . . Map (db m225346) HM
40 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9066 — Thomas Jefferson Smith
Born in Virginia 1808, reared in Georgia. Fought in Texas War for Independence, 1836, under James W. Fannin at Refugio Mission. Captured at Goliad, was spared to repair guns for Mexican Army. Escaped during Battle of San Jacinto. Settled in . . . Map (db m126526) HM
41 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 8982 — Walter Moses Burton(August 9, 1840 - June 4, 1913)
Born a slave in North Carolina, Walter Moses Burton was brought to Texas about 1860. At the end of the Civil War, he purchased land from his former owner, Thomas B. Burton, from whom he had also learned to read and write. Walter Burton became a . . . Map (db m126527) HM
42 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — William Morton
This marker was dedicated January 27, 2001 on the 150th anniversary of Morton Lodge No. 72 A.F. & A.M. honoring the memory of William Morton, a Masonic brother who was one of the first settlers of Richmond. He acquired this labor of land (177 . . . Map (db m158448) HM
43 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 18114 — Williams Family
The southeastern road into Richmond is named Williams Way Boulevard after the Williams Family who shaped the area's history. Joseph Crawley Williams, Sr., born in the 1838 in Louisiana, came to Fort Bend County in 1860 after earning a law degree in . . . Map (db m225480) HM
44 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond — 9010 — Wyly Martin
Scout under Gen. Wm. Henry Harrison, 1813 Served under Gen. Andrew Jackson, War of 1812 Alcalde, San Felipe de Austin Delegate to the Conventions of Texas, 1832-33 Member of the Consultation, 1835 Captain of A Company in the Army of Texas . . . Map (db m212056) HM
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45 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Agriculture
Cotton and corn were the primary crops grown on the plantation. Plowing of the fields began in January, planting of crops in February and March, and cultivation shortly after the plants broke the surface. Cultivation involved thinning the . . . Map (db m235368) HM
46 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Cisterns
Lamar's home was furnished with a cistern, an underground tank used for the mass storage of fresh water. By attaching a series of gutters to a structure, falling rain water could be captured and diverted into a water storage tank. In the absence of . . . Map (db m235350) HM
47 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Fort Bend
Fort Bend was a log structure cabin or blockhouse built in a large bend of the Brazos River in what is now Richmond, in order to provide protection against Indian raids. It was erected in 1822 by an agent of Stephen F. Austin's first colony, "The . . . Map (db m235338) HM
48 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Fort Bend County
American Stephen Fuller Austin in 1821 contracted with the Spanish colonial government to bring in 300 families of settlers to the fertile bottom lands of the lower Colorado and Brazos rivers. Among his original "Old 300" colonists were the . . . Map (db m235371) HM
49 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Lamar Moves to Richmond
Lamar acquired two town lots in Richmond in 1838, but his public service and extensive travels kept him from settling permanently. Following his marriage to Henrietta Maffitt in 1851, the couple toured the South, and a daughter, Loretto Evalina . . . Map (db m235354) HM
50 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Lamar's Last Years in Richmond
Lamar was 54 when he retired to Richmond with his new family, and wrote of his new-found bliss: "Like yon declining sun, my life Is going down, all calm and mild- Illumined by an angel wife, And sweetened by a cherub child." While living . . . Map (db m235345) HM
51 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Mirabeau B. Lamar
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (1798-1859), a Georgia native, first visited Texas in 1835 when he supported a declaration for Texas Independence from Mexico and helped to build a fort at Velasco. He returned during the Texas Revolution, enlisting as a . . . Map (db m235369) HM
52 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Natural tributes of the Site
The soil here is "Miller fine sandy loam" and was created when a fine layer of sediment was deposited over a deeper layer of clay during the flooding of the river. Prior to settlement, such soil would have supported a forest of pecan, ash, oak, elm . . . Map (db m235366) HM
53 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — Pioneer Artifacts
The age of some artifacts found at this site suggests that occupancy may date from the late 1830's. Household items include fragments of ceramic dishes, sewing thimbles, and buttons made of porcelain and brass. Two musical instruments known as Jew's . . . Map (db m235343) HM
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54 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — The Lamar Slaves
Prior to the Civil War and emancipation, Fort Bend plantation owners commonly utilized slaves to provide agriculture and domestic labor. By 1855 there were 105,186 slaves in Texas, 1,746 of which were in Fort Bend County. Male slaves here would have . . . Map (db m235346) HM
55 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — The Old Fort
Fort Bend was built in a large bend of the Brazos River approximately 450 yards northwest of this location. River erosion eradicated the fort's original site.Map (db m235295) HM
56 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Hillcrest Circle — The Second Mrs. Lamar
Lamar's first wife, Tabitha Jordan, died in 1830, followed by his son, John Burwell in 1831, and his daughter, Rebecca Ann, in 1843. His second wife, Henrietta (1827-1891), was the daughter of John Newland Maffitt, Sr., renowned Methodist minister, . . . Map (db m235353) HM
57 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Pine Hill Ranchettes — 13288 — Oak Hill Baptist Church
In 1915, eighteen African American residents met under the leadership of the Rev. A.C. Ray to organize Oak Hill Baptist Church. Former members of Richmond's Pleasant Green Baptist Church, they constructed a brush arbor on the oaken hill at this site . . . Map (db m225485) HM
58 Texas, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Pine Hill Ranchettes — 13492 — Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery Established 1918 Historic Texas Cemetery * 2004Map (db m225488) HM
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Nov. 29, 2023