City Cemetery II

By George E. Wolf Jr. 1984-2011

Located at Girard at Elder, Houston,Texas.
Under the old Jefferson Davis Hospital and other city buildings. Cemetery 1840-1904, Confederate graveyard within cemetery now under firestation.
Only gravestones showing are the Super family.
At one time was a very large city cemetery.
Mrs. W. M. Super
wife of D. Super
May 28, 1853
October 12, 1871

Mary Super
born January 2, 1848
died August 4 1863
Gravestone of Mary Super.................

In Memory of
Charles August Super
born November 11, 1851
died September 27, 1869


James Robert Padgitt
born 1818
died 1834
aged 36 years

Mary Jane Padgitt
born 1828
died 1850
aged 31 years

James Robert Padgitt
born 1844
died 1856
aged 12 years

Mary Padgitt
born 1859
died 1850
aged 6 months
Robert Williamson
A Native of Scotland
died February 15, 1871
Aged 30
Beneath this stone a comrade lies,
Whose memory fills my breast;
This love of mine cannot combine
With his eternal rest.
In Memory of Francis Karcher, born Oct. 7, 1830 died Aug. 7, 1874
Sacred to the Memory of
Confederate Soldiers
Who Died in Their Country's Service
Rest in Peace
Birth: Sep. 20, 1802
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: 1848
Harris County
Texas, USA

Moseley (Mosley) Baker, pioneer legislator and soldier, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 20, 1802, the son of Horace and Rebecca (Moseley) Baker.
On November 4, 1848, Baker died in Houston of yellow fever. He was first buried in what became known as the CITY CEMETERY II in that city, but his body was later removed to the Episcopal Cemetery. (Some souces state GLENWWOD CEMETERY) On September 17, 1929, his remains and those of his wife were reinterred in the State Cemetery in Austin.

General Moseley Baker
Commanded Co. D. First Regiment of Texas Volunteers at San Jacinto. A member of the 1st and 3rd Congresses of the Republic and later a Brigadier General of Militia
Born in Virginia
Sept. 29, 1802
Died in Houston, Texas
Nov. 4, 1848

His Wife
Eliza Ward Baker
Died in Houston, Texas
Feb. 4, 1849

Erected by the State of Texas

Flat Marker:
In Memory of Our Father Mosley Baker and Our Mother
Eliza Ward Baker (Died Feb. 4, 1849)
Who Sleeps Here
Mosley Baker Captain Co. D., Texas Volunteers Battle
of San Jacinto Member of Congress Republic of Texas
1836 & 1838 Died Nov. 4, 1848
Repaired by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas 1899



"What Type Of Epitaph Would Best Honor The Deceased?"

"This Site Available" "Utility Hookups Included"
"Call For Info"
MARGULIES, 1986 Houston Post.

In 1840, Founders Cemetery became full. A new cemetery was created on a 5 acre tract near White Oak Bayou.
There was four sections. Potters field, black, the rich, and all others.
Victims of yellow fellow were burial here.
By the 1870's the cemetery was almost full.
Last burial's around 1904. In the 1920's the City of Houston and Harris County constructed the county hospital named later as JEFFERSON DAVIS HOSPITAL. Theoma Smith,73, stated "They are out there digging up peoples graves and just throwing the bones out!'' Joseph M., 80, remembers when they were building the hospital, there were putting bones in nail kegs or crates.
Were they reburied?, no one knows for sure.
In 1968, bones were discovered when the Fire Department maintenance facilities was built.
These bones were reburied in the MAGNOLIA CEMETERY in Houston.
On Sept. 6,1986 the City of Houston dug a 20 foot tench near Girard St. and uncovered 20 or more graves from the 1840 City Cemetery. Bones were taken from graves by workers.
There are still more graves out there. Why was something not done about this historical cemetery from the beginning. Houston,Texas should be ashamed of itself.

By 1840, Houston first cemetery Founders Memorial Cemetery located at what is now 1217 W. Dallas, was about full. The city council purchased a five acre wooded tract near White Oak Bayou, about a mile north of downtown. The land cost $750.

The new cemetery consisted of four parts: a potters field for criminals and persons of infamous character such as suicides and persons killed in duels, a section for blacks, a section for all others not otherwise provided for and a section of subdivided lots for sale to the highest bidder.

Council also set aside smaller sections of the cemetery for burial of Odd Fellows and Masons.

The City Cemetery received many of the victims of the yellow fever and cholera epidemics that ravaged early Houston. Among these victims were Union soldiers serving in occupying forces after the Civil War and Confederate veterans.

Towards the end of the 1870's, most of the space in the cemetery had been used up but there are records of burials as late as 1904. The cemetery at that time was closed by the city.

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