Peach Point Cemetery Gulf Prairie, Brazoria County Tx
MUNSON, HENRY WILLIAM (1793–1833). Henry William Munson, Brazoria County planter, stockman, and soldier, son of Jesse Munson, was born in Villa Gayoso, Mississippi, on January 15, 1793. According to some sources he arrived in Texas as early as 1813. Munson was wounded at the battle of Medina near San Antonio and later named his son Mordello, after the Mexican officer who saved his life. He settled on the west side of the Trinity River in Liberty County in 1824. In 1828 he, twenty-four family members, and nineteen slaves traveled by barge up the Brazos River to Brazoria County. Munson signed the 1826 census as a judge of the Atascosito District. He served as a first lieutenant in Capt. Hugh Blair Johnston's company in the Fredonian Rebellion and was discharged on February 17, 1827. Munson subsequently purchased land from Stephen F. Austin on Gulf Prairie, where he established a sugar and cotton plantation known as Oakland. Some time later, with the help of James S. Perryqv, he helped to establish a local school. Munson took part in the Anahuac Disturbances and the battle of Velasco, where he was a member of Capt. William J. Russell's company. He died of cholera on October 6, 1833; his last words were believed to have been, "Please educate my children." He was buried on the plantation, and a marker in his honor was later placed at Gulf Prairie Cemetery. His widow, Ann Bynum (Pearce), with whom he had eight children, married James P. Caldwell and continued to operate the plantation.
The Ghost Of Peach Point
Some believe the Ghost of Peach Point Cemetery to be the one Henry William Munson. Munson died of Cholera in the year 1863. He left behind his wife Ann and 8 children. His last dying words were " Please educate my children "
Reports have claimed hearing footsteps walking around the cemetery. The rustling of leaves and the cracking sound of sticks breaking beneath someones feet being heard while visiting the historic old place.
A light has been reported floating around the edge of the cemetery and coming to rest on Mr Munsons marker then disappearing into the ground.
Other reports have been the sound of a man's cough in the corner of the cemetery. As if Mr. Munson is trying his best to let you know he is there.
I personally decided to go and investigate the stories surrounding Peach Point Cemetery. Not to my surprise I found the stories to be factual.
I arrived at about 5:30 pm on a saturday afternoon. It was the month of November so the sun was already beginning to hide its face and a dense fog was beginning to blanket the grounds. I and my partner began talking to Mr. Munson to see if he might be in a sociable mood this evening.
We began to hear the footsteps as if someone was walking in front of the entrance of the church. They were heading our direction and slowly but surely subsided about 30 feet in front of us.
We continued to walk the grounds of the cemetery and with each step we took we could hear the sounds of the leaves rustling as the phantom footsteps followed closely behind.
There was no doubt in either one of our minds, as the hair stood up on the back of our necks. Mr. Munson had joined us in our expedition.
And then we heard it...The cough....right behind me I heard a VERY distinct man's cough. I can tell you I felt the spirits cold breath on the back of my neck as I turned to to see that no one visible was standing behind me.
We decided this would be a good time to call it a night as all the proof we needed showed itself and left no question in my mind that Peach Point Cemetery lived up to its reputation.
Peach Point Cemetery has a ghost that loves having unannounced visitors anytime day or night. I think Old Man Munson really enjoys the company.........................