Wicomico Cemeteries Project

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HOUSTON CEMETERY

Jill Pevear, one of the most prolific cemetery data transcribers for Wicomico County, has come through again! Thanks, Jill, for all your hard work.

Here's what Jill has to say about this cemetery, located on Commerce Street, south of Route 50 (Salisbury Parkway):

This is the cemetery on the other side of the road from Salisbury Cemetery. The book "Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico" by John Jacob lists both sides of the road as the same cemetery. However, there is a plaque at the far side of this cemetery (away from the road) that reads: "Houston Cemetery 11 Nov 1996 Dedicated by Spirit of Democracy Auxiliary Unit 145 American Legion, Salisbury, Maryland". I only found one gravestone that was listed in Jacob’s book on this side of the road. The grass had been cut and the grounds were well mantained. Two people who live in Salisbury told me that they believed this cemetery (or cemeteries) was/were used at one time as a "potter’s field". That might explain why at least one third (or maybe even one half) of the graves were either unmarked or had broken or unreadable stones. Be that as it may.

Ed. note: The 1877 Eastern Shore Atlas contains a map of Salisbury which clearly shows a single larger cemetery divided into 2 sections. The larger section is labeled simply as "cemetery", and the smaller section as "cold cem." I do not know whether this division coincides with the way the two grave areas are apparantly currently divided by Commerce Street.




Lula Johnson 1876 - 1944
Slemons Johnson 1872 - 1941

(3 sunken holes)

(Stone fence, half buried, no readable stones)

Wa--- Pusey d 12 Dec 1908, age 19 yrs

James ---herbury (Leatherbury??) age abt 68 yrs (stone broken)

John H Laws 1888 - 1952 (stone toppled off base)

Charles W Williams 3 Oct 1848 - 4 Apr 1906 Erected to his memory by the Dorman family

Lula Jane Lemon 1876 - 1955

Mary Pitts 10 Jun 1865 - 7 May 1944 At Rest

William D Winston 1861 - 1942

(3 unmarked vaults)

(4 fence posts with Mary E Gunby on 2 of them, no stones inside)

Mother M Jane Jones 1838 - 1925 At Rest

Phoebe E Dashiell 185? - 1935 (toppled stone, looks like a child’s stone, but the dates don’t work for a child)

Harriette, wife of James(?) M Elzey 4 Mar 1863 - 1 Aug 1917

(unmarked vault)

(Inside iron fence, BIG stone BUTLER LANGSTON (maybe 2 last names?))
Julia U Langston 11 Jul 1940 (single date)

Geo. West Co. G. 19 U.S.C. INF. (no dates)

(4 stone posts, no marked graves)

Laura Francis Houston, beloved wife of Wm Perry Parker 27 Feb 1860 - 13 Feb 1913, age 52y, 11m, 16d

Emily Hearn, wife of George E Hearn, d 10 Apr 1908

Charlotte, wife of Samuel Jones d 5 Jun 1884 age 60 yrs (this is the only one that is in Jacob’s book)

George(?) Ward Hearn 4 Dec 1843(?) - 27 nov 1901

(unreadable small stone)

John Fowler 3 Aug 1846 - 11 Jul 1901

(Large stone inside fence HOUSTON)
Solomon T Houston, son of Levin and Easter (that is the correct spelling) Houston 27 Oct 1832 - 12 Jan 1918
Annie Maria, beloved wife of S T Houston 18 Jul 1837 - 10 Oct 1907
Levin D Houston, son of Levin and Easter Houston 15 Feb 1830 - 24 Mar 1910

Frederick (???) Slemons(???) son of ------ 1 Jun 1914 - 22 Jan 1925(?)

Hariette Gordy, wife of Thomas Gordy 15 Mar 1845 - 15 Mar 1916(?) age 71y

Catherine G Handy, wife of William Handy d 22 Jun 1910, age 77y

Harriette Dixon d 19 Dec 1908, age 90y

Lena Miles Brooks 11 Apr 1893 - 9 Jun 1922

George Birckhead 1861 - 1929

John ???? 1 Sep 1864 - 14 Jul 1906(?)

Ellen, wife of Lewis Wailes(???) and dau of George & ??? Howard(?) 1 Mar 1862 - 1 Aug 1905

(WOODEN marker) CLEMLEO (??) son of George --- d Dec 1905(?) (that is the first wooden marker I ever saw)

Randolph, son of George and Mary Ann Dashield 25 Sep 1858 - 1 Mar 1904 (?) age 41y, 5m, 3d

Mary A Jones 1 Jan 1820 - 2 Feb 1906 age 77y, 1m, 1d

My Dear Brother Richard Dashield son of George and Mary Ann d 2 May 1909 age 13(?)y, 2m

(unreadable stones)

Clara A Henry 1 Mar 1827 - 28 Feb 1920

Sylvia Rider 1803 - 1890

Josephine Rider 13 Jun 1869(?) - 12 Jun(?) 1905

Annie B, dau of Levin and Mary Rider 8 Aug 1871 - 13 Sep 1909

Grayson, son of ---- & H Parsons 1 Mar 1871 - 25 Apr 1910

Sydney Wilson 1878 - 1926

Leonard N Parsons 1846 - 1919

In memory of (rest buried)

Mary, dau of Leonard and Harriette Parsons & wife of Columbus Horsey 1867 - 1908

Winetta Byrd 10 Jul 1876 - 6 Jan 1943

Howard O Pinkett 1 Dec 1878 - 2 Oct 1918

Christine W Leonard 17 Mar 1895 - 17 Aug 1936

Ulyses Grant Winder b 22 Jun 1877 (rest buried)

Olivia Ellen Winder 10 Dec 1855 - 18 Aug 1922 age 66y, 8m, 8d

----- Ballard(?) d 15 Apr (?) 1890

----- (maybe Howard) (unreadable)

John L Birckhead 7 Dec 1868 - 1 Jan 1921 age 52y, 8m, 24d

Adell M, wife of James Collins 10 Aug 1902 - 21 Feb 1934

Charlotte --IRBIN(????0 1857 - 1932 At Rest (stone flat on ground)

Rosie Bivans 1 Jan 1836 - 23 May 1939 age 103y

Charlotte Perry Rider, wife of Noah Rider 4 Jul 1836 - 24 Feb 1923

--E O Ward Selby 20 Apr 18--- (stone broken)

Anthony B King 1880 - 1921

George Leatherbury d 6 Jun 1914 age 53y

Infant of Wesley and Hellen Slemons 10 Aug 1904 - 10 Aug 1904

(Fence area)
In Memory of Our Mother Mary E Leatherbury 1841 - 22 Dec 1919
Lena A Jones 1881 - 1946

Margaret Ann, wife of Andrew Leonard 31 Mar 1823 - 1902

Andrew Leonard, husband of Maragaret 15 Mar 1839 - 1903 (half buried)

Harley J W Leonard, son of John W and Leah Jane Leonard 13 Mar 1885 - 9 Dec 1903

Lillie S C Leonard, dau of John W & Leah Jane 13 Jan 1882 (rest buried)

Charles H, son of John W & Leah Jane Leonard 4 Sep 1876 - 12 Jun 1903

Rufus A Brown 1891 - 1933

John W Leonard 1846 - 1912
Leah Jane Leonard 1855 - 1945

Adam J Deshield, husband of Emma M Deshield 6 Oct 1872 - 10 Jun 1905

James M James 1825 - 1 Apr 1907

Rhoda Hester, wife of James Jones 1842 - 1907

Ernest Leonard 7 Nov 1858 - 18 Jan 1917

Howard Taylor 11 Nov 1892 - 13 May 1931

Louis G (unreadable)

(fenced area - one stone)
Inez Causey 1890 - 1927
Roxie Hearn 1870 - 1938

Leah Brewington 1873 - 1937

---- EAMM, husband of Alice E Smith 1865 - 1924 (half buried)

Rev Charles Pullett 16 Feb 1817 - 13 Jan 1908

James L Johnson d 18 Jun 1948

(unreadable)

Husband Rev(?) Peter M Laws 14 Jul 1856 - 20 Dec 1928

Mary A Parker, wife of James Parker d 22 Jan 1916 age 70y

Mary L Brown 1873 - 1953
Charles E Brown 1872 - 1943

Bessie Leonard 1883 - 1940

Annie Leonard Lee 1860 1942

Andrew J Lee 1857 - 1920

William Samuel Robbins, husband of Anne F 18 May 1856 - 16 Sep 1938

Hampton O’Neill 1 Aug 1868 - 8 Sep 1941
Julia E O’Neill 26 Jan 1872 - 6 Mar 1978
Neva L O’Neill 23 Sep 1902 - 24 Aug 1971

Rasco P Jones 14 Jun 1891 - 31 Jul 1908

Richard Jones 6 Feb 181 - 1906

My Mother Lillian Moore 1882 - 8 Oct 1945

Minnie L Fassett 7 Mar 1874 - 16 Jul 1947

Henry L Fassett 17 Mar 1873 - 1 Sep 1945



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