Scene from Morton Cemetery in Richmond, Texas, southwest of Houston. The cemetery was begun in by William Morton, a farmer,...

Scene from Morton Cemetery in Richmond, Texas, southwest of Houston. The cemetery was begun in by William Morton, a farmer, stock raiser, brickmaker, and Freemason as the final resting place for Robert Gillespie, a fellow Mason. Morton was one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" — actually 297 grantees, made up of families and some partnerships of unmarried men, who in 1825 purchased 307 leagues of land (4428 acres) from Austin and, with the Mexican government's approval, established a colony in South Texas. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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