Collection: History of Fort Bend County Texas

Billy Bowlegs and His Raid on Dr. Braden’s Farm

“Billy Bowlegs” was a Seminole chief, and lived in the swamps and Everglades of Florida, and some might ask, what had, he to do with the history of Fort Bend County. Personally, nothing, but Fort Bend has an old Negro woman living at Old Arcola (Lucinda Lawson), who has some interesting reminiscences connected with the exploits of this famous chief. She belonged to Dr. Braden in Florida, who had a fine plantation not a great distance from the stronghold of Chief Bowlegs, who often made raids on the planters and carried off their stock, and even Negroes. United States troops were in the vicinity, but so sudden and swift were the raids of Bowlegs that he often got off scott-free with his booty. On one occasion he made a sudden dash upon the plantation of Dr. Braden. It was at night, and the family was at the supper table, Lucinda waiting upon them. In passing from the kitchen to the dining room she discovered the Indians in the orange orchard creeping towards the house. The master was at once informed, who had every light extinguished, and, seizing his gun approached a window and opened fire on them. They returned the fire and yelled considerably, but finally drew off, with Bowlegs badly wounded, having an arm shattered by a ball. They could not easily burn the doctor’s house, as it...

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History of Fort Bend County Texas

This collection contains 42 biographies and various historical references from the manuscript History of Fort Bend County by W. M. Morrison. Included with the history are articles on the Meir Expedition, Billy Bowlegs, Terry Rangers, and a list of early land titles.

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Terry Rangers, Company I

J. G. Jones, Captain, Gonzales County, resigned at Shiloh, April 6th, 1862. W. H. Harris, 1st Lieutenant, Gonzales County, resigned and died in 1861. A. D. Harris, 2nd Lieutenant, Gonzales County, promoted Captain May 7, and killed, Alay 9, 1862. J. H. Paramore, 3rd, Lieutenant, Gonzales County, wounded in 1862, promoted Captain June 2nd., 1864, wounded December 30, 1864. JaMes Harris, 1st Sergeant, Gonzales County, died May, 1862. Geo. W. Littlefield, 2nd Sergeant, Gonzales County, elected Lieutenant January, 1862, promoted Captain, wounded December 27, and resigned. Chas. W. Mason, 3rd: Sergeant, Gonzales County, killed at Gonzales by William Baltzell in 1869. Ed. T. Rhodes, 4th Sergeant, Guadalupe County, died in Seguin in 1878. B. F. Burr, 5th Sergeant, Guadalupe County, killed at Shiloh April. 6th, 1864: W. E. Jones, 1st Corporal, Gonzales County, elected Lieutenant May 7th, 1862; twice wounded; promoted Captain March, 1865. J. D. Bunting, 2nd Corporal, Gonzales County, taken prisoner at Moss Creek January 12th, 1863. N. B. Cotton, 3rd Corporal, Gonzales County. L. A. L. Lampkin, 4th Corporal, Gonzales County; wounded twice, and came home in 1865. Privates. G. R. Allen, Gonzales County, wounded at Rome, Ga., in 1864. S. Andrews, Gonzales County. Mat. Anderson, Grange County, discharged. Thomas Balfour, Guadalupe County, discharged. James Bankhead, Gonzales County. G. J. Borthe, Jackson County, wounded twice. J. E. Bowling, Gonzales County, wounded at Shiloh. Lem Barnett, Bee...

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Terry Rangers, Company K

John G. Walker Captain, Harris, County, wounded at Woodsonville, Ky., in 1861, elected Lieutenant Colonel January, 1862, resigned in September, 1862, died September, 1869. A. W. Morris, 1st Lieutenant, Montgomery County, wounded at Woodsonville, KY., resigned and died. Henry Thomas, 2nd Lieutenant, Harris County, resigned January, 1862. S. P. Christian, 3rd Lieutenant, Harris County, elected Captain January, 1862, promoted to Major “July, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel in 1865, wounded at Farmington, Tenn. A. W. Hottle, 1st Sergeant, Montgomery County, promoted to Major and Quartermaster; died in Harris County. No other non-commissioned officers elected. Privates. J. D. Alexander, discharged at Bowling Green, Ky. J. H. Alexander. H. Bowling, elected Lieutenant January, 1862; resigned May, 1863. G. Bowling, wounded and discharged. A. L. Baine, Washington County, killed at Murfreesboro. J. W. Bowers, Washington County. J. L. Bowers, Washington County. H. J. Barfield, Washington County. T. J. Burroughs, Montgomery County, discharged October, 1863. R. R. Benjamin, Leon; County, killed at Dandridge, East Tennessee, January, 1863. A. B. Briscoe, Harris County, elected Lieutenant March, 1863. D. K. Browning, Washington County, killed near Kirkville March 13, 1863. William Ballantine, Washington County, transferred to infantry. G. P. Burke, Harris County, company clerk to brigade. P. Ludgood, Harris County, wounded at Woodsonville, Ky., discharged. James Bates, Montgomery County, discharged in 1862; died in Texas, 1865. A. Billingsly, Washington County discharged in 1862. Joe Collins, Victoria County, died...

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Biography of Jones, Randall, Capt.

Capt. Randall Jones, one of the historic characters of Fort Bend County, was born in Columbia County, Georgia, on the 19th of August 1786. In 1810 he went to Wilkinson County, Mississippi Territory. When the second war with England broke out in 1812 he joined the American army as a private, but such was his energy and gallantry in battle that he received a captain’s commission, which he held until near the close of the war, or, to be more exact, until 1814. During this service he fought the battle with Indians known as the “Canoe Fight.” An extract from a letter from the volunteer army dated “East bank of the Alabama, November the 25th, 1813,” reads thus: “On the 11th inst. Captain Jones, of the twelve months’ volunteers, with a detachment of sixty volunteers and militia, marched from Fort Madison for the Alabama, and .on the 12th fell in with two parties of Creeks, which he entirely routed and killed nine warriors, without sustaining any loss on his part. Captain Jones and his party deserve the greatest praise and honor for the handsome manner in which the enterprise was conducted.” This was but the beginning of the eventful career of Captain Jones. In the fall of 1814* he came to the Sabine River, and at Gaines’ Ferry met with General Toledo, just after his defeat at the Medina....

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Biography of Calder, R.J., Capt.

Veteran Of San Jacinto Captain Calder was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on the 17th of July 1810, and was the son of James H. and Jane E. Calder (nee Miss Caldwell). His father dying when he was very small, young Calder was raised by his paternal uncle, Major James P. Caldwell (a noble and generous man), until he arrived at the age of manhood. From Maryland he, his mother, and Major Caldwell, moved to Kentucky, and from there to Texas in 1832, settling in Brazoria County. Soon after trouble commenced with the Mexican authorities, which culminated in the battle of Velasco in June, 1832. Young Calder, in company with other citizens of Brazoria County, repaired to the scene of action, but arrived too late for the fight; however, they remained on duty there until the final surrender of the fort. In 1833 his mother died, a true, noble Christian woman. Major Caldwell survived until 1856, dying with yellow fever, in Brazoria County, at the house of his stepson. Mordella Monson. Mr. Calder held various positions in the civil service. In 1835 he was appointed Marshal of the Republic of Texas by President David G. Burnett. The duties of this office were to tale charge of wrecks and prizes and execute the laws of Judge Benj. C. Franklin. During this same year he joined the “army of the people” under...

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Biographical Sketch of Jones, Julia, Mrs.

Mrs. Julia Jones, daughter of Judge C. C. Dyer, was born in Fort Bend County in 1839. Her father was a native of Tennessee and was born at Dyersburg January 29, 1799, and came to Texas with William Stafford in 1824. In this same year he married Sarah Stafford, who was born February 5, 1809, near Raleigh, North Carolina, Judge Dyer had twelve in family six boys and six girls. He lived to quite an old age, served as county judge of Fort Bend County, and died in 1864 on his farm on the east side of the Brazos River, opposite Richmond. He had been suffering for some time with heart trouble and fell in the field one morning while taking a walk, and was brought to the house dead by the Negro field hands. Mrs. Dyer died in 1874. Their homestead is now known as the Pleasant’s place. William Thomas, eldest son of Judge and Mrs. Dyer, was born in 1825. He married Miss Annie Swenson, who still survives. Her brother, F. M. Swenson, lived in Fort Bend County prior to the Civil War, but removed to New York and became a prominent banker there. William Dyer died at Round Rock, Texas, February 25, 1903, at the advanced gage of 87 years. James Foster Dyer was born in 1827 and in 1852 married Miss Sarah Catherine Barnett, daughter...

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Biographical Sketch of Cason, Henry

There is an old Negro man of the above name still living at Richmond, who belonged to Captain Randall Jones. He says that Captain Wiley Martin lived with Captain Jones and died there, and that he waited upon him during his sickness, which lasted about three weeks. He also remembers Deaf Smith and when he died, and for many years knew where his grave was, but the spot is lost now. Henry was brought to Texas in 1832 by his master, Joseph Thompson, who sold him to Captain Jones soon after. Thompson came from North Carolina, and old man Henry was born there, but does not remember in what year. The people of Richmond say he is about one hundred years old. He was here, a grown man, in 1836 when the Mexicans came and can remember how they looked. The steamboat “Yellowstone,” he says, passed Thompson’s Ferry at a terrible rate of speed. The river was high and the captain put on all steam when he discovered that he was among the Mexicans. He says that the boat, in making the turn of the bend below; the ferry, struck the bank several times and turned completely around, and a merchant of Columbia named White, who was aboard, tried to get off on the bank. During this time the Mexicans at the ferry were racing across the bend to...

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Men Of Company F, 24th Texas

Jasper Pharr, died at Arkansas Post. Henry McGaw, died at Arkansas Post. Kit Janes, died at Shreveport, La. Thomas Cary, died at Shreveport, La. Jake Roper, died at Shreveport, La. Ed. Walker, died in prison at Camp Butler, Ill. J. C. Williams, died in prison at Camp Butler, Ill. Joe and Johnston Williams, brothers, died in prison at Camp Butler, Ill. J. T. Corbett, died in prison at Camp Butler, Ill Lewis Lum, died in prison at Camp Butler, Ill. Killough, died. in prison at Camp Butler, Ill. Childress, died in prison at Camp Butler, 111. Wm. Latourny, killed at Chickamauga, Tennessee. Thomas McGhee, killed at Chickamauga, Tennessee. Dudley Wright, killed at New Hope Church. James Dagnall, killed at Jonesboro, Georgia. Tom Modest, killed at Jonesboro, Georgia. Jake Bleeker, killed at Franklin, Tennessee. Wiley Ott, killed at Franklin, Tennessee. W. H. Stevens, killed at Lovejofy’s Station. Dudley Gibson, wounded at Chickamauga, Tennessee. Tom Gibson, wounded at Atlanta, Ga. James Weatherford, wounded at Franklin, Tenn. Bob Hodge, wounded at Atlanta, Georgia. John C. Smith, died in hospital at Auburn, Ala. Willis Weaver, died in service. Williams Phillips, died at Arkansas Post. Jeff Sutton, died at Arkansas Post. S. M. Clanton, died, at Arkansas Post. John Fulshear, died at Arkansas Post. Sam Tennelly, died at Arkansas Post. Jeff Howard, died at Camp Butler, Ill. Tom Roberts, died at Shreveport, Louisiana. C....

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Terry Rangers, Company A.

(Enlisted by Lieutenant J. W. Sparks.) Thomas Harrison, Captain, Waco, Texas, elected Major at the organization. Rufus Y. King, 1stLieutenant, Burleson County, elected Captain at organization, wounded at Shiloh and resigned. W. H. Jones, Falls County, Texas, elected Lieutenant at organization, wounded in East Tennessee, January 12th, 1864, retired. M. L. Gordon, Jr., 2nd Lieutenant, Bosque County, Texas, promoted 2nd Lieutenant, wounded at Shiloh, and subsequently Captain of Wharton’sscouts. T. C. Freeman, 1st Sergeant, Bell County, Texas, wounded gat Shiloh and discharged. Dan Neel, 2nd Sergeant. Rufus Beavers, 3rd Sergeant, Coryell County, wounded at Shiloh and discharged. G. Thompson, 4th Sergeant, Falls County, Texas, died at Nashville, Tennessee. Edward Ross, 1st Corporal. Thomas A. Porter, 2nd Corporal. William Baldridge, 3rd Corporal, Milam County, Texas, died at Atlanta, Georgia, in 1862. A. A. Rundle, 4th Corporal, Burleson County, Texas, diedo near Courtland, Alabama., May, 1862. Privates James Allen, Falls County, Texas, discharged at Bowling Green, Kentucky R. C. A. Rundle, Burleson County, Texas, appointed Commissary Sergeant. Charles A. Allday, Burleson County, Texas, wounded and captured July 4th, 1863. Preston Calvert Baker, Washington County, Texas, promoted to Lieutenant of White’s Battery in 1863, subsequently to Ordnance Department. Gabe B. Beaumont, Washington County, Texas, wounded at Triune, Tenn., and discharged in 1863. J. W. Brown, Falls County, Texas. S. M. Baker, Washington County, Texas, discharged July, 1862. C. F. Baker, Washington County,...

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Biographical Sketch of Davis, William Kinchen

Mier Prisoner One of the early pioneers of Fort Bend County, was born in the State of Alabama on the 11th day of November 1822, and came to Texas in the month of February 1830. Six years passed away, and when but fourteen years of age he helped to build a fort at the mouth of the Brazos, and in 1839 served in a campaign against the Indians around the head of the Brazos. In 1842 Captain Davis went out with the Somerville expedition, and when the command dissolved on the Rio Grande and a portion of the Texans went on into Mexico and fought the disastrous battle of Mier, he accompanied this expedition, and was severely wounded in the famous battle. Although wounded, Captain Davis was marched with the other prisoners to the village of Salado, and was in the fight there when the Texans charged the guards, and after a fierce hand-to-hand conflict regained their liberty, and with others was again captured and marched back to Salado, and there went through the trying ordeal of drawing beans for their lives, drew a white bean, and was started out with others to the City of Mexico, and finally staggered into that place, as the saying is, “more dead than alive,” and was then placed at hard labor. The captive Texans were finally sent from there and confined in...

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Terry Rangers, Original Field Staff

Benjamin Franklin Terry, elected Colonel at the organizaltion, October 28th, 1861; killed at Woodsonvil1e, Kentucky (better known as Rowlett’s Station), in battle, December 17th, 1861. Thomas S. Lubbock, Harris County, elected Lieutenant Colonel October 28th, 1861; died at Nashville, Tennessee, January 9th, 1862. Thomas Harrison, Waco, Texas, elected Major at the organization, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Brigadier General, and wounded at Johnsonville, North Carolina, March 10th, 1865. Martin H. Royston, Galveston, appointed Adjutant by Colonel Terry, and subsequently appointed Captain and Major in Adjutant General’s Department. Benjamin H. Botts, Houston, Texas, appointed Assistant Quartermaster by Colonel Terry, and subsequently Major and Assistant Quartermaster. Robert H. Simmons, Gonzales County, Mississippi, appointed Commissary by Colonel Terry, and subsequently Assistant Commissary Sergeant. Dr. John M. Weston, Richmond, Texas, appointed Surgeon; by Colonel Terry, and resigned April, 1862. Dr. Robert E. Hill, Bastrop County, appointed Surgeon, four times prisoner of war, captured in the discharge of duty. William B. Savers, Gonzales, Texas, appointed Sergeant Major at organization, promoted to Adjutant by Colonel Harrison, Major in Adjutant General’s Department by General Harrison, and wounded at Johnsonville March 10th, 1865. M. F. Balegathey, Houston, Texas, appointed Quarter-master Sergeant by Colonel Terry, and was afterwards discharged. James Edmunson, Brazoria, Texas, appointed Ordnance Sergeant, and subsequently Assistant Quartermaster Sergeant. Thomas J. Potts, Bastrop, Texas, appointed Hospital Stewart by Colonel Terry, and subsequently Surgeon, and absent when...

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Terry Rangers, Company B

John A. Wharton, Captain, Brazoria, County, Texas, elected Colonel of the regiment January, 1862, promoted Brigadier General, October, 1862, Major General, and transferred, wounded twice, transferred to Mississippi Department, and killed in private altercation at Houston, Texas, by Colonel Geo. W. Baylor. Geo. M. McNeil, 1st Lieutenant, Brazoria County, resigned at Oakland, Ky., in 1862. William Henry Shark, 2nd Lieutenant, Brazoria County, promoted. T. J. Bennett, 3rd Lieutenant, Brazoria County, promoted. J. C. Herndon, 1st Sergeant, Brazzoria County. William Groce, 2nd Sergeant, Austin County, Texas, elected 1st Lieutenant January 1st, 1862, resigned April, 1862. E. A. Herndon, Harris County, Texas, wounded at Waynesboro, Ga., died in San Antonio, Texas, in 1876. C. J. Gautier, 4th Sergeant, Brazoria County, Texas, detached to Texas with General John A. Wharton. William B. Maxey, 1st Corporal, Brazoria County, killed at Newman, Ga., in 1864. Sam Mimms, 2nd Corporal, Brazoria County, killed at Murfreesboro, with General Bedford Forrest. Jule Manor, 3rd Corporal, Brazoria. County, wounded at Newman, Ga., July, 1864. W. W. Nance, 4th Corporal, Matagorda, County. Privates P. Archer, Brazoria County, killed in Kentucky July, 1863. Dr. J. C. Asheramb, Brazoria County, discharged at Corinth April, 1862, died January 20th, 1882. Sam S. Ash, Harris County, promoted 1st Lieutenant and transferred to battery and wounded. William. Ash, Harris County, killed at Shiloh April ith, 1862. Gaston Ash, Harris County, discharged at Corinth, Miss.,...

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Biographical Sketch of Davis, John H. Pickens, Judge

A banker of Richmond, Fort Bend County, is a son of Captain William S. and Mrs. Jane (Pickens) Davis, and was born February 11th, 1851, in Fort Bend County, where he grew to manhood, and has since resided. He married Miss Susan E. Ryon, daughter of Colonel William Ryon, February 10th, 1875. She died October 30th, 1884, leaving two children, Mamie E. and Thomas W. She is buried in the family cemetery at the old homestead eight “Blue Grass” Region. Judge Davis is a prominent citizen, and has always aided every worthy public enterprise, and is a man thoroughly, in touch with the best thought and purpose of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Hodge, Robert

Mr. Hodge is now a resident of Richmond, Fort Bend County, and has been for nearly sixty-six years; was born on Galveston Island on the 18th of May 1836. His parents were colonists of Stephen F. Austin, and settled near Damon’s Mound. When the Mexicans came in 1836 the people around the mound fled before them, and took refuge at Galveston, except those who went with Houston’s army. This disagreeable flight caused the birthplace of Mr. Hodge to be on the famous island. After the battle of San Jacinto the family removed to Fort Bend County, and their descendants have made this their home...

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