The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 502
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
One of the founders, and first chairman of the board of Texas'
first trust company, Barziza spent his latter years in Houston as
a businessman and lawyer. He enjoyed an extensive criminal law
practice and was an acknowledged leader of the Houston bar.
Noted for his conviviality, as well as his good breeding, education
and polished manner, he was in great demand socially.
He died in 1882, at the age of forty-three.
There is today a Barziza Street in the Eastwood section of
Houston;1 a portrait of Decimus et Ultimus Barziza hangs in the
"Hall of Fame" of the Harris County Civil Courts Building;'
and a dozen Barzizas," descendants of a brother, are listed in the
Houston telephone directory. The Barziza family plot, in which
the eminent lawyer and numerous members of his family4 are
buried, is in Houston's Glenwood Cemetery. Yet to most modern
Houstonians, as to practically all present-day Texans, the name
of Decimus et Ultimus Barziza is simply a nominal curiosity.
This extraordinary name is quite in keeping with the man
1This street, in an area where D. et U. Barziza once owned much property, runs
two blocks, from Stonewall Cemetery, north, to Harrisburg Road.
2A portrait of D. et U. Barziza hung for many years in the old Harris County
Courthouse. When the courthouse was renovated, to become the Harris County
Civil Courts Building, the old portraits from the county "Hall of Fame" were re-
touched and reframed. They presently hang in the Jury Assembly Room. Of a score
of these, only four were for years unidentified. One of the unlabeled portraits has
been recently identified as that of Barziza.
8C. R., 821 Yale; C. W., 9230 Westview; Don W., 10o806 Old Katy Road; E. H.
Jr., 1922 Wycliffe; Mrs. E. H., 7702 Brykerwoods; G. M., 7869 Pecan Villas Road;
H. D., 883o Bunningham; J. H., Sr., 909 West 23rd; Mrs. Mary Ryan, 7702 Bryker-
woods; Mrs. Mary E., 617 Peddie; P. Dorsey, 3906 Brook-Woods; Robert A., 7702
Brykerwoods. All are descendants or widows of descendants of Phillip Ignatius
'Graves in the Barziza family plot include the parents: Phillip Ignatius, Sr., born
Venice, Italy, August lo, 1796, died Houston, Texas, March 25, 1875, and Cecelia
Amanda Bellett, born Williamsburg, Virginia, September 8, 1797, died Houston,
June 8, 1872; Decimus et Ultimus, born Williamsburg, September 4, 1838, died
Houston, January 30, 1882; Francis Louis, born Williamsburg, April 5, 1822, died
Chambers County, Texas, February 4, 1862; William Lee, born Williamsburg, De-
cember 8, 1824, died Chambers County, November 16, 1878; Sarah Mountcastle,
wife of W. L., born Charles City County, Virginia, March 5, 1827, died Chambers
County, April 9, 188o; Phillip Ignatius, Jr., born Williamsburg, June 19, 1836, died
Houston, July 15, 1872; Phillippa Ludwell, born Williamsburg, 182o, died Hous-
ton, July 25, 1898; Phillip Dorsey, son of Phillip Ignatius, Jr., born Houston, Sep-
tember 8, 1872, died Houston, 1948. The central monument in the plot also notes
that one son of Ignatius and Cecelia Barziza, Edgar Athling, born in Williamsburg,
March 29, 1826, died in California, September 25, 1882, and is buried there, and
that four children who died as infants, Edgar Antonio, John Paradise, James Lee,
and Lucy Ludwell, were buried in Bruton Parish churchyard, Williamsburg.
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