Hillendahl-Eggling Cemetery (Blue Light Cemetery)
Harris County, Texas
Addicks Project Coordinator
Chris Brown, 281-497-0704
Lat: 29°49'45"N, Lon: 95°39'03"W
Bear Creek Park, between Pavillions 9 & 12 there is a southern pasture.
The cemetery is surrounded by a 14' Federal Fence. No stones survive.
Contributed by Mark vanHudson [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Total records = 12.
Seven graves are not legible or are only the bases--the dies have
been destroyed. I did a visual survey on Jun 24, 2001.
Hillendahl and Addicks families were among the first Moravian-German
settlers in Texas. They established farms and hostelries that became
the launching point west for German immigrants who followed. Land was
part of the George Toliver Survey of the Austin Colony and Republic
of Texas. The land was sold to George M. Patrick in 1838 and a few years
later to Darius Gregg who parceled the land out. One parcel of 480 acres
was sold to Henry Eggling on Dec 28, 1859. Hillendahl family is thought
to have migrated from Fallerslehan, Hanover.
The cemetery was next to the Bear Creek Methodist Church and
was abandoned when that church moved to Rt 6 and I 10 at the turn of
the twentieth century. The cemetery obtained the name "Blue Light" because
many stones (typical of Texas German cemeteries) were quarried in New
Foundland and Nova Scotia then carved in New Oleans and Houston. The
stones contain Laboradorite which at certain Sun or Moonlight angles
causes a blue glow. The cemetery was a famous "parking" spot in the
1940-50's and has been the subject of vandalism and Halloween pranks.
- Mark vanHudson
Addicks, William, no dates
Gaisber, George H, b. Jul 16, 1866, d. Nov 18, 1895
Gaisber, John H., b. Sep 1857, d. Dec 1885
Hillendahl, Avalie, b. Apr 1, 1873, d. 1875
Hillendahl, Dora, b. Jul 8, 1878, d. 1888
Hillendahl, George H., b. 1872, d.1881
Hillendahl, Hugo, b. Jan 26, 1888, d. Mar 10, 1988
Keely, Eliza, b. Nov 4, 1856, d. May 24, 1882
Ries, Erlie, b. Jan 26, 1846, d. Nov 21, 1914
Ries, Fred Rev., b. 1832, d. Sep 18, 1884
Sauer, Dina H., b. 1850, d. 1896
Thompson, E, b. Apr 4, 1840, d. 1880
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