Old Settler's Cemetery

Old Settler's Cemetery (HMXUC)

Location: Pearland, TX 77581 Brazoria County
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N 29° 34.633', W 95° 17.188'

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Settlement of this area began as a result of railroad development through north Brazoria County in 1882. First known as Mark Belt, the townsite was platted in 1894 and named Pearland because of the abundance of pear orchards in the vicinity. An advertising campaign featuring favorable farm conditions brought many settlers to the area in the 1890s. Although some were discouraged by storm and freeze damage to their homes and crops in the early years, many remained and established permanent homes.

A community graveyard was begun with the burial of pioneer Echolean C. Ackerly, who died August 11, 1894. Four years later her burial plot and the surrounding land was officially dedicated as a cemetery. Six Civil War veterans are interred in the graveyard. The cemetery contains many types of burials. The early practice of scraping the earth over graves was followed by cement paving, gravel cover, and bricking. Styles of gravestones range from simple stone markers to tombstones featuring elaborately carved decorations.

Old Settler's Cemetery remained the primary community burial ground until 1936. It continues to serve as a reminder of Pearland's early history.
Year Placed1988
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 11:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 278516 N 3274121
Decimal Degrees29.57721667, -95.28646667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 34.633', W 95° 17.188'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 34' 37.98" N, 95° 17' 11.28" W
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Area Code(s)281, 832, 713
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1616-1698 N Main St, Pearland TX 77581, US
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