Morton Cemetery

Morton Cemetery (HMF11)

Location: Richmond, TX 77469 Fort Bend County
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N 29° 35.187', W 95° 45.761'

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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 grant to William Morton, 1822 settler in advance party of Austin's ""Old 300"" colonists; founded 1825 when Morton buried Robert Gelaspie (Gillespie), a brother Mason who had met with foul play. Later he erected a handmade brick tomb, the first known Masonic landmark in Texas.

In an 1833 Brazos flood, Morton himself met death and his body was lost. His widow Nancy inherited Labor No. 1 and sold it to Handy & Lusk, promoters of the Richmond townsite. In 1854 the parcel of land encompassing the cemetery was acquired by Michael DeChaumes. In the 1890s Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M., gained possession of ""DeChaumes Cemetery"" and operated it as Richmond Masonic Cemetery until the early 1940s. It was then turned over to the newly-formed Richmond Cemetery Association, which later was retitled Morton Cemetery Association, probably to have its name conform to ""Morton Cemetery"" — the name in use ever since the era of Lodge ownership.

The cemetery has become a memorial to its founder.
HM NumberHMF11
Year Placed1972
Placed ByTexas State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 8:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 232394 N 3276149
Decimal Degrees29.58645000, -95.76268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 35.187', W 95° 45.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 35' 11.22" N, 95° 45' 45.66" W
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Area Code(s)281, 832, 713
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151 Commerce St, Richmond TX 77469, US
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