Friends Church Cemetery

Friends Church Cemetery (HMZW0)

Location: Friendswood, TX 77546 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 31.614', W 95° 11.95'

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In 1895, six families left the disbanded Quaker settlement of Estacado in the Lubbock area and moved to Galveston County. Here, they established the community of Friendswood, named in honor of their faith and association with the Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers.

By November 1895, the settlers needed a burial ground when a falling tree killed young Newton Knode while he cut firewood with his father-in-law. His grave is the earliest marked burial at what became Friends Church Cemetery, adjacent to the Friends church and school building on property owned by community founders T.H. Lewis and F.J. Brown.

A church appointed committee has cared for the cemetery throughout its history, arranging for maintenance and establishing criteria for burial. The cemetery was open to all community residents for several decades, but when the town's population boomed in the late 20th century, new restrictions then required church membership or early town residency to qualify for burial. The cemetery today is a link to the early community and its religious founding.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2006
HM NumberHMZW0
Marker Number13583
Year Placed2006
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 2:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 286869 N 3268380
Decimal Degrees29.52690000, -95.19916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 31.614', W 95° 11.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 31' 36.84" N, 95° 11' 57.00" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 664-698 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX 77546, US
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