Descendants reclaim land that was element of misplaced family members cemetery

SAN ANTONIO – The unique Hockley-Clay Spouse and children Cemetery in Northeast San Antonio is now full.

About 6,000 square toes that wound up in two neighboring backyards decades ago have been reclaimed by the descendants of Jane Warren, a freed slave who had a ranch in the space soon after the Civil War.

The Northern Hills subdivision borders the cemetery on a person facet and Northern Hills Elementary on the other.

The fences in individuals backyards were torn down last week and changed with new fencing wherever a certified land study confirmed the assets lines truly were being.

“Now, the household has custody of the total authentic cemetery residence,” said Everett Fly an architect and landscape architect nationally regarded for his preservation do the job.

“The owners resisted strongly for pretty much two years,” Fly explained.

Fly explained considering the fact that they experienced acquired their residences from the prior house owners, no survey was carried out.


“It was only just after numerous prepared requests that the house owners agreed to talk,” Fly mentioned.

The city’s Progress Companies confirmed the study in their data, he stated, so the householders gave up the component of their backyards they experienced thought was theirs.

Fly reported the Hockley-Clay Cemetery actually had been there for extra than 100 many years ahead of they in fact acquired their homes.

He stated now that the difficulty has been fixed, work commences on finding local and condition historic designations for the historic African-American cemetery.

Fly stated individuals designations will safeguard the cemetery from any foreseeable future encroachment for the reason that “It’ll be apparent wherever the boundaries are.”

Archaeologists also will be ready to continue their investigation, searching for artifacts and signs of burial web pages, Fly said, but no excavations are planned.

It was the curiosity of a retired Air Power important, James Michael Wright, a Northern Hills homeowner, that led to the discovery of the lost cemetery whilst going for walks his little ones to college in 2014.


Soon after browsing the Bexar County Spanish Archives, Wright stated, “We identified some loss of life certificates for Hockley Cemetery, Wetmore, Texas.”

Fly explained centered on about 15 or 20 loss of life certificates, “We do know who is buried right here up to a sure extent.”

The thought now is to have a new gate that will serve as a lasting landmark, Fly explained, who included that he’ll function with the relatives on its design and style and negotiate with the householders affiliation about the design and style for a fence that would encompass the cemetery.

Fly also claimed they’ll work on a strategy to grant general public obtain at designated moments.

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