I conclude this Veteran's Day Series on November 11th. Old Bayview Cemetery, as I mentioned in the previous post, is sitting on a bluff. In Yesteryear, the view would have been beautiful ---the wide open scenery and the sparkling water. Today, the view with just a hint of bay water spotted here and there between modern and some dilapidated structures, is mostly roof tops of buildings near the ship's channel. The cost of progress. As I mentioned, I planned on ending this on a sad note of more modern times. You see, this antiquated cemetery has been, over many years, highly vandalized!! Everywhere you look, headstones have been knocked over and smashed. Some not even recognizable any longer...heaps of rubbish and rock debris. The city has erected a 12 foot wrought iron fence around the perimeter and gated it with stone...locking it up at sunset and opening it only in daylight hours. Of course, when vandals have something in mind to do damage, there is no stopping them. It's highly patrolled, but still mischief is evident today...
Of the 633 interments recorded, these long remembered are soldiers and officers of many wars, The Mexican War, The Indian Wars, Civil War, and others. Prominent citizens, infants, to slaves. Several markers showed us the immigration records...from Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, South Wales, some were native Texans. Among a few seen here:
Matthew and Tom Nolan joined Harney's Regiment of Dragoons, United States Army in the late Fall of 1845. They were both born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Mat was 12, but Tom was only 9 so he lied about his age telling the recruiting officer he was 10. Mat signed on as a bugler, Tom as a drummer, Company G, 2nd U. S. Dragoons. As soon as the Confederacy was established in Texas, Mat Nolan was authorized to raise a company in South Texas. He enlisted the whole company of the Walker Star Rifles (named for an Indian-fighter named Andrew Jackson Walker, by their Captain Charles Lovenskiold). The militia company had to be rebuilt after most of the stronger and younger men joined Nolan's company. Mat Nolan had many other adventures in Confederate service, but he was needed back in Corpus Christi in 1864. Matthew was shot and killed by the Gravis Brothers.
William James Biggio was born February 26, 1877, in Rockport, Aranas County, Texas to William Biggio and Rebecca Manahan. He stood 6ft 1in. tall, had gray eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He was married to spouse #1,Petra Gonzales, and they had one daughter. He married spouse #2, Hettie May Anderson and they had two daughters. William was a Wells Fargo guard and clerk, in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. He enlisted in the Texas Rangers while in Webb County, Texas, as a SPECIAL RANGER attached to Co. C. from July 25, 1917 until January 1918.
Thaddeus Higgins Birth: 1817 Death: Sep. 12, 1845 2D Lieut. Co. G4 U.S. Inf. 1817-1845
Encamped with Zachary Taylor in Corpus Christi in 1845.
Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1840.
Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1840-42, -- and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842; In garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1842-44;
On frontier duty at Natchitoches (Camp Salubrity), La., 1844-45; In Military Occupation of Texas, 1845; and by the bursting of a steamer's boiler, was Killed, Sep. 12, 1845, near Corpus Christi, Texas.: Aged 28.
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