Episcopal Cemetery

“Sacred to the memory of R. Wallace, [died] September 8, 1858. Age 25 years.”

“[In] memory of Dr. B.C. Dewey. Formerly a resident of Coldwater, Mich.; died in Houston, October 13, 1858. Age 35 years.”

“Abraham Payne, died January 11, 1840.”

“Catherine Cartright Payne. Died 1841. Age 22 years.”

“Mrs. Hannah Payne, native of England. Died November 10, 1870.”

[One] vault bears the following inscription:

“Here lies the remains of Remi Miville De [?], born Quebec, Canada, May [20, 17??]. Died 1860.”

“[?] J.B. Anderson, born New York, October 15, 1807. Died September 1, 1858.”

“James B., W.P. and Hellen Massie. Died October 8, 1859. Age 5.” In the [same] lot is a shaft on which is carved the [square] and the compass, with the inscription, “William P. Massie, died March 7, [?], age 50.”

“In memory of Sarah E. J., wife of Dr. [?] Earl Hartridge, who departed this life [?], 1855. Age 28.” Also “Luzetta, [?] 2 years, died 1858.”

“[?] A. Harris –” the rest illegible, the [?] being shattered and very old.

“Anna Marie, only daughter of U. and S. [?], born February 6, 1851; died January [?], 1856.”

“[?] loving memory of Kate, daughter of [?] and H.T. Rottenstein. Died November [?], 1850. Aged 4 years.”

“[?] M. Duval, born December [?], 1779. Died April 30, 1860.” The inscription is [?] a massive vault, now partially uncovered.

“Sacred to the memory of Dr. John S. [Duval], born October 19, 1829. Died November 14, 1858.” This record is likewise [?] a large vault slab, but it is in a fair state of preservation.

“[In] memory of W.D. Smith, died February 13, 1858, in the fifty-second year of his [life].”

“Sacred to the memory of John Dawson, native of Northumberland, England. Died [October] 1849, aged 27 years.”

“In memory of Daniel M. Cutter, born October 21, 1790. Died April 26, 1866, aged 75 years.”

“James W. Oats, born 1797, in Sampson county, North Carolina. Died in Houston March 5, 1870.”

“George Morgan, infant of G.A. Jones. Died 1850.”

“Sacred to the memory of S.H. Skiff. Died October, 1859.”

“Alberta Foster, died 1857.”

“Agness, daughter of L.S. and H.B. Perkins, died August 6, 1846.”

“This mortal must put on immortality. In memory of Leonard S. Perkins, aged 49. Died October 22, 1858.”

“Sarah M. Perkins, wife of Rev. J.W. Tays, died at Oxford, N.Y., September 24, 1870. Eunice, daughter of A.S. and F. Perkins, died November 13, 1859. They rest in hope.”

An old iron fence bears the inscription, “J.N. Dupree, 1857.”

On what is perhaps the largest shaft in the grounds is the following: “Sacred to the memory of Captain D.C. Farmer. Called from labor to reward August 4, 1870.”

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“Mason, Holland lodge No. 1, A.F. and A.M.
Who wears the square upon his breast does in the
Sight of God attest and in the face of man
That all his actions will compare with the
Divine, the unerring square, that square
Great nature’s plan.

Over the River company Fifth Texas regiment, Hood’s brigade.
On Fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.”

Near the entrance of the cemetery is a shattered shaft bearing the following:

“Henry Benchley, died February 24, 1867, age 46 years. Erected by the Houston and Texas Central Railway company as a tribute of respect to an upright man and a faithful officer.”

“Enter rest eternal, the kindest husband and most indulgent father, the truest friend and the most generous man.”
Williamson Simpson Oldham (1813-1868) — Born in Franklin County, Tenn., July 19, 1813. Member of Arkansas state legislature, 1838; justice of Arkansas state supreme court, 1842; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1846; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1848; candidate for Texas state house of representatives, 1853; candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas, 1859; delegate to Texas secession convention, 1861; Delegate from Texas to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Senator from Texas in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died of typhoid fever in Houston, Harris County, Tex., May 8, 1868 (age 54 years, 294 days). Original interment at Episcopal Cemetery; reinterment in 1938 at Brookside Memorial Park.