To preserve and improve the McDaniel Street Cemetery for the benefit of descendants and the surrounding community.
In the 1850s, Richard Westcott bought 696 acres of land and established a homestead. After his wife Almira's death in 1869, he began to give parcels from that property to his children. The land on which this cemetery is located was given to Jennie Gammon Westcott Kendall in 1889 and included the Westcott family homestead cemetery. Kendall formally dedicated the 1/4-acre Westcott family cemetery for community use in 1893. Over time, Kendall sold land from her parcel to a small group of intermarried neighboring families, including the McDaniel, McDonald, Cours, Farmer, and Schuller families. All of the property around the cemetery was eventually sold, creating the current east, north, and south boundaries. John Farmer, who owned the land just west of the cemetery, retained a portion of that property for cemetery, establishing the current western boundary. The southern boundary is the north edge of McDaniel Street and south edge of an unpaved right-of-way, which includes the original cemetery boundary. Farmer sold other land that he owned to raise money for the overall cemetery's upkeep. The cemetery became inactive in the 1960s but was maintained by volunteers until at least 2005. At some point thereafter, it fell into disrepair. Today McDaniel Street Cemetery is maintained by the Westcott Cemetery Association and neighborhood volunteers.
Westcott Cemetery Association's vision is for the cemetery to be rehabilitated as a passive greenspace and to creatively engage the citizens in the Eastex/Jensen neighborhood so that the cemetery is a place of community pride, serenity, and learning.
The historic character of the cemetery will be retained and preserved as a physical record of its time, place, and use.
We have petitioned district court to secure legal conservatorship of the cemetery.
A master plan will be developed and combined with the goals of the community’s Super Neighborhood 46.
Westcott Cemetery has obtained the Historic Texas Cemetery designation and will later apply for the National Registry.
Sara Westcott Haynes
Gayle H. Roane
Advisory Council Members
Greater Northside Management District
Houston Northeast Community Development Corporation
Preserving and Protecting Texas History
Sun Beam Curry Civic Club
McDaniel Street Cemetery, including Westcott Cemetery, has been designated and dedicated as an Historic Texas Cemetery by Texas Historic Commission. Please let us know if you are descended from any one buried here.
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The Westcott cemetery is located northeast of Schuller and McDaniel, west of HWY 59, just north of
Crosstimbers. 1850-1961, 50 x 100; about 40 graves. Early settler's cemetery, Westcott family.
A brick wall and lichgate surround the cemetery.(Ca. 1930).
Recorded in 1985.
Amanda dau. of H. & H.R. Westcott
Feb. 6,1872-July 24,1872
Claricia dau. of H. & Amanda Westcott
Jan. 15,1862-May 21,1862
Amanda A. wife of Hampton Westcott
April 1,1839-Jan. 18,1877
Large stone on face?
James D. son of James & Emma E. Westcott
Nov. 29,1869-July 29,1873
Richard D. son of J.D. & Emma E. Westcott
Mar. 19,1866-July 17,1866
James D. son of R.D. & A. D. Westcott
Nov. 21,1842-Sept. 4,1873
Emma Aurora wife of J.D. Westcott
May 21,1846-Sept. 18,1915
Josephine wife of H.O. Scranton dau. of Westcott
July 21,1867-Dec. 21,1894
Richard D., Jan. 15,1851-May 6,1859
Mary E., Mar. 10,1849-Mar. 23,1850
R.D. & A.D. Westcott
Emma A. dau. of R.D. & A.D. Westcott
Jan. 5,1858-Nov. 2,1873
Almira D. wife of R.D. Westcott
Mar. 13,1820-June 28,1877
Dec. 22,1808-Sept. 28,1897
Jan. 8,1857-June 7,1896
Girtrued dau. of J.E. & J.A. Tucker
Feb. 8,1881-Sept. 18,1900
John E. Tucker
June 10,1856-Dec. 18,1939
Julia A. Tucker
June 9,1863-Mar. 26,1948
Hampton Tucker 1883-1953
Sept. 16,1896-Oct. 11,1913
Christana W. Westcott
Jan. 10,1873-Mar. 26,1941
H. Westcott April 8,1868
Margaret dau. of H. & C.W. Westcott
May 9,1913-Jan. 7,1919
Nona Lee Westcott
Aug. 11,1903-Nov. 6,1961
John E. Westcott
Dec. 13,1899-Jan. 31,1949
Lois Lavinia Ezell
Apr. 6,1919-Sept. 6,1939
Denmar son of J.R. & Ida Westcott
Jan. 10,1894-Oct. 28,1898
Baby of H. & H. Westcott Jan. 11,1877 (Outside wall)
Mrs. Tryphena B. Preston
Jan. 23,1853-Apr. 26,1929
Henry Louis Miller
July 21,1860-Feb. 24,1934
Hettie Ann Miller
Nov. 16,1863-Jan. 26,1943
Dora A. wife of Geo. E. McDaniel
Oct. 5,1880-Oct. 8,1911
Wm. D. son of G.G. & L.H. Westcott
Nov. 16,1860-July 3,1870
Gideon C. son of G.G. & L.H. Westcott
Apr. 9,1875-July 18,1877
Base, no stone, unknown? Harriet C. dau. of G.G. & L.H. Westcott
Jan. 19,1883-Nov. 15,1884
Louisa dau. of G.G. & L.H. Westcott
Aug. 2,1884-Nov. 29,1884
Louisa H. wife of G.G. Westcott
Dec. 25,1840-Sept. 19,1884
Gideon G. Westcott 1844-1918
Joseph M. son of G.G. & L.H. Westcott
Dec. 14,1879-Aug. 8,1887
Louisa dau. of R.C. & A.R. Blackwell
Nov. 11,1898-Nov. Nov. 20,1899
Earl Everet son of R.C. & A.R. Blackwell
Mar. 17,1907-Nov. 20,1908
Nov. 8,1882-Apr. 4,1883
Mary Jane dau. of Andy & Annie Sayers
Dec. 19,1872-Jan. ?,1886
Hattie dau. of D.A. & Mary H. Maden
Aug. 29,1882-Oct. 7,1886
Apr. 5,1843-Aug. 21,1880
Lawrence Kane Aug. 31,1900 aged 5 years
G. M. Beauchamp
May 17,1844-June 11,1901
There are around 23 babies and children buried in this cemetery. It was hard for children at that period in time.
Our vision is that these early settlers homestead cemeteries can be rehabilitated and creatively engage the citizens in the Eastex/Jensen neighborhood as a place of community pride, serenity, and learning.