Donnellan Grave Vault

DONNELLAN GRAVE VAULT

By George E. Wolf Jr.
(Buffalo Bayou's Famous Bottle Neck Hasn't Been Cleaned Out Since 1866, Houston Chronicle, May 31,1936)
"A couple of years later,(after Civil War) two of the Donnellan boys - sons of Thuse Donnellan, then a famous artist in Houston-- were playing around the bayou. The water was so low one could wade across anywhere. They found one of those bombs and began working on the detonator cap to remove it. The bomb exploded and blew the two boys to bits....."
"We gathered what we could of the remains and placed them in a coffin, which we buried in the bayou banks under what is now the Franklin Ave. Street bridge. So far as I know, that tomb still is there."
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Donnellan, Tim, buried in 1849.
A brother of Thuse Donnellan, who was killed by accidental explosion of bomb in 1866, and Mrs. Emily Donnellan, who died in 1867.
All buried in an old and forgotten vault in the bayou bank at the intersection of the Franklin Ave. and Louisiana St. Bridge; The remains removed Dec. 3,1901 to Glenwood Cemetery by Wall & Stabe Undertakers.
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I have been to this site and it is still there under the Franklin St. Bridge. A large brick vault with a small door that is boarded up with timbers.
It's very creepy to see this, what a place to be buried! (George E. Wolf Jr., 1990)

The Donnellan Grave Vault under the Franklin Street Bridge......


 

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