12600 Bellaire Blvd & 6800 Dairy-Ashford
Houston , 77072
Dedication plaque on reverse; Not listed as HTC in THC Atlas, survey report entry & historical marker; HTC # HR-C046, HTC medallion also at this site; Atlas error shows apostrophe in ('1867-1964)
Directions: Cemetery on SW corner of intersection, no fence; enter property via small cut-out in curb off of Bellaire eastbound
Key Time Period: 1893 - 1919 City Beautiful - WW I
Marker Text: The first permanent settlers in this area were Dr. John Magee and his wife, Alief, who came from Ellis County in 1896. The community originally was known as Dairy, but was renamed in 1897 for Mrs. Magee, the town's first postmistress. By 1899, there was a small but growing community here, with most families involved in ranching and farming.
In 1900, the need for a cemetery became evident, and this property was deeded for use as a graveyard by Francis I. Meston to Dr. John Magee, Newton Gentry, and Hardy Price. Many of the early settlers are buried here, including Alief Magee (1851-1899) and cotton farmer John D. Cook (1867-1954). About one-half of the approximately 100 graves are those of babies, pointing to the hardships resulting from childbirth and infant diseases.
The 1900 hurricane caused much property damage in Alief, and many families became discouraged and left the community. Most of them later returned to help fight the problem of area flooding, including organization of the first Harris County Flood Control District.
Although little evidence of the original community remains, the Alief Cemetery stands as a reminder of its pioneer heritage. The graves are maintained by the Alief Cemetery Historical Association. (1984)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Historic Texas Cemetery with THC Marker
Key Map Information: 528 H
GPS Coordinates: 29 42.176, 95 36.288
Precinct No: 3
Marker No: 10589