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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary and St. John's Church

I placed flowers on every ancestor
in the Eau Gallie Cemetery
Mary Houston, my great Aunt, was a daughter of John Carrol Houston, one of the first settlers of Eau Gallie Florida and Mary Virginia Hall.  On April 6 1897 Mary Houston Young signed away her dower rights to a portion of land she had received from her father.

She and her husband, Charles John Young, signed the warrant deed transferring a lot in the Houston addition in Eau Gallie to the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Missionary Jurisdiction of Southern Florida, for the purpose of building a church already named "St. John's.  They were among the first 29 communicants of St John's Church.  They aided and assisted by money and work in building this church. The documents were witnessed by Henry Hodgson and Jno. E.M. Hodgson, Notary Public.  The examination of title (search)  was made on April 16 1897, and the transaction recorded in Deed Book "B.B." pg 650, on May 1 1897.

Mary Houston Young was sister to my great grandmother, Ada Louise Houston Roesch.  They are all buried in the Eau Gallie Cemetery. Whereas Mary and Charles Young built the St. John's Church, Ada and her husband William Roesch built the St. Paul's Methodist Church.

As the membership grew at St. John's, it became necessary to enlarge the Church.  It just amazes me that it was decided  to retain to the original sanctuary so the new church  was enlarged around it.  The old sanctuary is beautiful.

I wish everyone respected history this much.

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