Homeowner discovers tombstone in SE Houston backyard

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Friday, May 15, 2015
Homeowner discovers tombstone in SW Houston backyard
The homeowners learned the headstone belongs to a World War I veteran and are now trying to return where it belongs

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A backyard discovery has a southeast Houston couple now searching for the history behind it.

In their quest to renovate their 1920s home on Riverside in the Third Ward, Jose and Jonathan Clark have found a lot of little gems, but one now trumps them all.

"I was just raking some of the leaves off to start digging a hole and there it was," said Jose Clark.

Clark unearthed a marble headstone with the inscription "Ernest Neblett, Texas, PVT 522 SVC BN ENGR CORPS, Wolrd War I, Feb 16 1893 March 11 1950."

"Who knows how long it's been there?" asked Jonathan Clark.

Once satisfied there wasn't a grave site, too, they wanted to know who Ernest Neblett was.

We did quick search to find Neblett was buried at Golden Gate Cemetery on Hirsch Road in Northeast Houston in 1950. The Clarks believe he was related to the previous homeowner and would like to return this piece of their history.

"It would be really nice to get it back to the family. Otherwise, we're remodeling the house, trying to restore it to the original state. So it would be a piece of history that comes with the house," said Jose Clark.

Eyewitness News reached the previous homeowner who told us her father bought the house for her mother on her mother's birthday in the 1960s. She believes Ernest Neblett was her grandfather's brother. She's going to do some research but tells us her family would like to have the tombstone back.

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