It has been a cherished purpose of the George B. McClellan post G. A. R. ,(Grand Army of the Republic), of Houston to remove the remains of their comrade, Mrs. Seelye, who was buried at a lonley spot by the seaside near LaPorte about three years ago, to their burial lot in the German Cemetery, (now known as Washington Cemetery), where it could be cared for and decorated on Memorial days. The preceding paragraph was the opening paragraph of an article titled, "She Rests In Houston", that ran in the Sunday Morning edition of the Houston Daily Post on June 2, 1901. After receiving permission from the family of Sarah Emma Edmonds (Mrs. Linus H. Seelye), the George B. McClellan post of the GAR moved Emma's body from to LaPorte to Houston on Memberial Day, 1901. ["She Rests in Houston", Sunday, June 2, 1901, Houston Daily Post, Sunday Morning Edition, Houston, Texas].
Mrs. S. Emma Edmonds Seelye is buried in the plot owned by the George B. McClellan Post of the Grand Army of the Republic that is located in plot #26, Section G, [The plot is to the right of the
Osler gravestone and just before you come to
Osler, you will see a large Oak tree as shown in the photos below.], of Washington Cemetery, that is managed by Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Emma has a Civil War style military gravestone that reads,
Emma E. Seely-Army Nurse. The other veterans who were members of the George B. McClennan GAR Post that are buried in the same plot are: G. W. Gage, John Froehlich, S. (Stephan) K. Feeks, E. P. Paine, Judge J. J. Reagan, Ben Guire/Dwyer, Henry Joseph Mostow/Marston, William M. Eastland, and Abram O. Bennett.
Emma's gravestone is the third headstone from the left on the back row in the 2nd photograph above
On February 13, 2010, the Sisters of the Sarah Emma Edmonds Detached Tent #4, with the assistance of the Brothers of the Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lee U.S.N. Camp #2 of Houston, Texas of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Sisters of the Sarah Emma Seelye Auxiliary #1 of Houston, TX, Ladies' Auxiliary to the Lt. Edward Lea U.S.N. Camp, placed a GAR Marker at the grave of Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye. [The marker was removed temporaily in order to determine if there was a way it could be permanently placed]
The Allied Order Members in group photo are from L to R: Front row-Members of the Sarah Emma Seelye Auxiliary #1 are: Linda LaBrot, Jana Marsh, Patriotic Instructor/Secretary; Paige Anderson, Junior Auxiliary member; Vali Reyes, President; and Members of the Sarah Emma Edmonds Detached Tent #4 are: Martha Class, President/Registrar/Webmaster; Marilyn Sigler, and Patricia Wood, Chaplain; and Members of the Lt. Cmdr Edward Lea U.S.N. Camp #2 are: Sam Hampton, SRV Commander; and Michael Lance; Middle row just behind the American Flag- Betty Hampton, member of the Sarah Emma Seelye Auxiliary #1; Members of the Sarah Emma Edmonds Detached Tent #4 are: Shari Muller, Historian; and Susan Salm, PTP/Tent Council; and Back row- Members of the Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea U.S.N. Camp #2 are: David LaBrot, Camp Commander; Gary White, Secretary-Treasurer; and Jim Hackett, PCC.
If you are interested in paying Emma's grave a visit, the Washington Cemetery's address is 2911 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77007, but since the Washington Cemetery has now under the managment of Glenwood Cemetery, the office for this cemetery is through the entrance at 2525 Washington Ave
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