St. Vincent Cemetery

ST. VINCENT CEMETERY

ST. VINCENT CEMETERY By George E. Wolf Jr.

St. Vincent's Cemetery is located at 2400 block of Navigation. 1853-1927, next to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1913). The present building was built in 1923. St. Vincents is the oldest Catholic cemetery in Houston. St. Vincent de Paui, first mass in 1842. Church was located at Franklin and Caroline. Church purchased tract of land from the Kennedy estate. John Kennedy was murdered outside of the Kennedy Corner Building which now has been torn down after a fire. John Kennedy and family is buried in the St. Vincent Cemetery. Many unmarked graves. Burials from the 1867 yellow fever epidemic. The City of Houston Condemned the cemetery in 1871. The hurricanes of 1900 and 1915 damaged many markers.

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BOYS HELPING RENOVATE HISTORIC CITY CEMETERY by Karen Elliott (Date unknown,1960's?) Houston Chronicle

Houston's oldest Catholic cemetery, St. Vincent's, is being renovated and plans are to open it for visitors. The historic cemetery founded in 1853, contains the graves of heroes of the Texas Revolution and pioneer Houston settlers. The gate is now locked. Four boys from Project Impact, began cleaning the cemetery and fixing headstones last week. The work is expected to take two more weeks.

"We are fortunate that these boys want to help in our cemetery," said the Rev. Anton J. Frank. The cemetery is maintained by the Houston -Galveston diocese.

"Our big problem is getting anyone to do the work," Father Frank said.

Families of those buried here had an association once but the survivors are so far away they can no longer keep it up. An arch was erected over the entrance in 1947 to mark the cemetery's name and historical significance. "St. Vincent's Cemetery, burial place of Dick Dowling, Hero of Sabine Pass; Samuel Paschal, Hero of San Jacinto and other Houston pioneers."

In 1949, a monument of Texas granite was erected inside the cemetery. "In memory of the fallen hero's of San Jacinto and Sabine Pass, who lie buried here." Santa Anna was defeated at the BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO in 1836. During the Civil War Lt. Dick Dowling turned back the northern Navy in 1863 as it tried to invade Texas through Sabine Pass near Port Arthur.

The names of other hero's of these battles who may been buried there have been obscured by time and inadequate records.

The cemetery was last used in 1927 when a Polish count was buried.

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This is a incomplete listing for St. Vincent's Cemetery.

Susan Arto b 5-18-1858 d Sept. 14,1866

Theodore F. Arto b 5-2-1864 d 10-7-1865

John Arto, Sr. age 54 d Sept. 29,1873

Dick Dowling 1838-1867

Samuel Paschall 1815-1874

Josephine Addell, wife of P.W. Schwander b in La. Jan. 29,1843 d Dec. 23,1873

Homer Lee Branham, Jr. b Dec. 12,1884 d Dec. 15,1884

Emma M. Breitling, daughter of F.A. & J. Breitling b June 14,1853 d Oct. 9,1879

Edward Burke b Oct. 31,1839 d Jan. 11,1882

Mary Burke b Jan. 13,1841 d May 23,1904

John Butts b Jan. 23,1856 d Nov. 13,1901

John Bergin b Sept. 13,1848 d Oct. 9,1867

Michael Buckley d July 22,1887

Margaret Calahan, wife of Peter d July 15,1886 age 80 years

Peter Calahan, native of Swanenbar Co.,Caven, Ireland d July 2,1879 age 35 years

John Calahan, native of Caven,Ireland d Sept. 3,1867 age 35 years

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