Notes and Fragments
NOTES AND FRAGMENTS
The Places of Burial of Three Prominent Texans.-In a letter
of November 23, 1918, HIon. R. L. Henry, of Waco, submitted
to Dr. R. E. Vinson, President of the University of Texas, some
interesting data concerning the life and burial place of Richard
Ellis and Governor Runnels. lie says:
"For several years I sought to find the burial place of Richard
Ellis, president of the Texas Constitutional Convention at old
Washington in 1836, where our Declaration of Texas Independ-
ence was promulgated and our first Constitution was formed. I
had been informed that he was buried either at old Rondeaux,
Arkansas, near Texarkana, or at Clarksville, or old Boston, Texas.
I made diligent search in the cemeteries in each of these places
but failed to find his burial place, but did locate it near New
"On March 31, 1916, I visited his grave and wrote down the
" 'Today I stood at the grave of Richard Ellis. He rests on an
elevation about five miles north of New Boston, Texas, in the
family burying ground on the old Ellis estate, established by him.
Five miles further northward the Red River, with majestic sweep,
courses to the Mississippi and on to the sea. At his tomb huge
red oaks and white oaks and giant hickories with ample branches
stand guard over his mortal remains. At his head rises a wild
plum tree with its early leaves quivering in the breezes of spring-
time and its fragrant blossoms exhale their perfume in this quiet
and historic forest.'
"On the yet strong marble headstone, toppled to earth, beneath
the image of the Lone Star is the simple inscription:
In Memory of Richard Ellis.
Born February 14, 1781.
Died December 20, 1846.
He was President of the Convention that formed the Constitution
of the Republic of Texas.
"This remarkable man was born in Virginia in 1781 and was
there liberally educated. In 1813 he removed to Franklin County,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/. Accessed July 2, 2015.