FW: Alexander McCown in Montgomery

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Leonard J. McCown

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Aug 4, 2012, 7:17:00 PM8/4/12
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I for one say leave it as it is, if it looks as good as the pictures. Would be nice to level it if possible, and maybe put a cement foundation under it, but not tear it down. Just my opinion! Leonard

 


 

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From: Annmclpc [mailto:annm...@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:29 PM
To: leo...@mccown.org
Subject: Alexander McCown in Montgomery

 

Sending info and pics of this grave that needs funding for some restoration.  I am recommending that the church simply knock it down and place a stone on it instead of that tomb thing.  Your thoughts?  I am not certain if I sent you Sondra's contact info but will shortly.  Anyway she is with the UMC there and they are wanting some help with the restoration and correcting their information on Alex.

 

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Ann W McElhaney

Mic Barnette

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Aug 5, 2012, 1:30:26 AM8/5/12
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This is an historic grave.
The last time I saw it there was debris and even a small tree growing out of the top of the grave. Someone has done some restoration work to it. It looks much better now than when I last saw it.

The problem is it is sinking on the one side. As it sinks unleveled it is cracking and will eventually separate and break apart. Which may not take all that long to do.It will continue sinking and will not stay static.

Sounds like the cemetery committee is asking us to help pay for the restoration. Have they said what they would like to do and an estimate of the cost?

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James McCown

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Aug 5, 2012, 1:42:30 AM8/5/12
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Is this the tomb that calls him "James Alexander McCown "? If so, we should correct that error.

Mic Barnette

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Aug 5, 2012, 2:10:19 AM8/5/12
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Hi Jim:

You are up late, too.

This IS the tomb that says James Alexander when it should only say Alexander.. Maybe we can have the James chiseled or sand blasted out. Looks like a brass plate in the picture. As I look at the plaque it says Alexander gave the land for the Baptist and Methodist church and the public cemetery "in 1838".

I am not sure which-James or Alexander gave the land and I do not know if it was in 1838. We probably need to study the deeds.

Seems like there was an historical marker next to the grave. The plaque on the grave may be the marker-or at least it says pretty much what the old historical marker said.

Kameron Searle is a member of the SRT and interested and involved in Montgomery County. He has been going through the County court minutes and is finding a lot of great information. He is setting a lot of he old county history on its head and refuting what has been told in the past. He has a website where he has been publishing some very interesting articles about the town of Montgomery and in several of his columns he mentions our McCowns.

I suggest reading all his columns not just the ones I have included a link for.

MIC

http://www.texashistorypage.com/Methodist_Church_-_Montgomery_Texas.html

http://www.texashistorypage.com/Early_History_of_Historic_Montgomery_County,_Texas.html

http://www.texashistorypage.com/Shepperd_Sells_Town_of_Montgomery_to_McCown_for_Slaves.html

http://www.texashistorypage.com/The_First_Montgomery_County_Courthouse_-_Texas.html

ANN MCELHANEY

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Aug 5, 2012, 2:15:02 AM8/5/12
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I have just asked that info tonite!

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