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Morris Greenwall
More emails from Jan Jones regarding the Greenwall Brothers:
I found a story in the Galveston Daily News, Saturday, March 14, 1885, that had been given to a reporter by Edward Greenwall, another brother. He stated that he "had received a dispatch" on March 13 that Morris had died. Henry Greenwall had traveled to San Francisco to be with Morris before he died, and that "the remains" would be buried on Sunday, the 15th. There would not have been time time to ship the body back to Texas, so it looks as if he was buried in San Francisco. I'm going to look for historic Jewish cemeteries in the area with burials posted online.

Hollace, I found some very interesting information online about the cemeteries of San Francisco. Beginning in the 1930s and 1940s, San Francisco's cemeteries were systematically moved to outlying areas in the name of land development and creating parks. The old Jewish cemetery, Gibbath Olom, which operated from 1861 to 1888, (contained appr. 300 burials) was among of those moved. It was moved to Colma, CA and became Hills of Eternity. The website says it kept the same name, so does Gibbath Olom mean "hills of eternity" ? They have a website for three combined cemeteries:

Well, I just keep finding stuff. A second follow-up in the Galveston Daily News says that Henry Greenwall published a notice in the Jewish Times of San Francisco on March 20, 1885, thanking those who had helped his brother in the weeks before his death.

Hopefully the records of burials (and a tombstone) survived the 1906 earthquake. I would love to know his final resting place. Henry Greenwall has a large mausoleum in Metarie, LA. Nice photo posted online at Find-a-Grave.

Added by Hollace Weiner on Sep 05, 2013 9:37 PM
Hollace Weiner
morris greenwall
Jan Jones, the author of the "Renegades" book wrote this in response to your previous message. Shall I ask her for the California obituary to see if it mentions a cemetery? . . .

Hey guys,
Morris Greenwall enlisted in Co. A of the 10th Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers in July, 1861 according to his compiled service records on He's listed as a 2nd lieutenant. I have his California obituary article and another article concerning his lawsuit against Lily Langtree and two other actors for breach of contract. He died before it went to court.
Morris's brother Phil (who lived in Fort Worth for many years) enlisted in May, 1861 at New Orleans in the Fifth Louisiana Volunteers as a private. The last page of Phil's record says he was listed as a deserter in June, 1863, but he was actually wounded, captured, and later "paroled." After he was paroled, he apparently went home to recuperate and didn't report back for duty promptly. Henry Greenwall is listed as a 2nd lieut. in the Louisiana Militia, serving from 1861 to 1866. I think militias were like home guards, but his record is extremely brief.
Added by Hollace Weiner on Sep 02, 2013 7:49 PM
Hollace Weiner
RE: Phillip Greenwall
I never came across this tantalizing information about "Morris" Greenwall in my research. Most of the information I have is about Philip W. Greenwall, who stayed in Ft Worth, and his brother Henry Greenwall who launched a chain of theaters in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The book "Renegades, Showmen, & Angels: A Theatrical History of Fort Worth" (by Jan Jones, TCU Press) does discuss Lillie Langtree. It states that she left her "jewelry behind in New Orleans during her 1888 Texas Tour" because of her fear of being "held up by cowboys." In the mid-1880s, Henry Greenwall, who "had managed theaters in both Galveston and Houston, emerged as a consolidating force" on the theater circuit. "Following the Civil War, Greenwall's older brother, Morris, persuaded him to move from New Orleans to the port city of Galveston, where the two established a brokerage firm. In 1867, one of their customers, actress Augusta Dargon, became stranded in the city after a disastrous tour that left her unable to pay off debts she owed to the Greenwalls. .... the two brothers....gave Dargon a second chance at a profitable season--they leased a frame building, fitted it up as a makeshift theater, and formed a stock company featuring Dargon." From that beginning, the brothers steadily expanded their theatrical enterprises....." I am fascinated with the information you reported. Please fill me in on your sources. Would love to see that Matthew Brady photo.
Added by Hollace Weiner on Sep 01, 2013 7:45 PM

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