“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...Read More
Collection: 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This collection contains 42 biographies and various historical references from the manuscript History of Fort Bend County by W. M. Morrison.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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Another prominent man of Fort Bend County, came from North Carolina to Texas in 1830, and was a member of the convention in 1833. He was a successful planter, and lived to make forty-five crops in Texas. He died in Richmond, Fort Bend County, in December...Read More
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....Read More
Fort Bend County, County Clerk Mr. Newell is a young man and is now serving his first term of office. He has proved himself to be very efficient in the management of his work. His is one of the historic names of Fort Bend County, his people coming here in 1830, performed their part during the trying times of frontier days and Mexican invasion, held offices of trust and were classed among the staunch, upright citizens of Fort Bend...Read More
Captain John T. Holt, resigned in December, 1861. First Lieutenant Thomas S. Weston, promoted to Captain in, December, 1862. W. D. Adams, Third Lieutenant, resigned in. August, 1864, and died in April, 1865, while on his way home. G. Thompson, discharged in July, 1862. E. A. Bolmes, discharged in, February, 1862. J. H. Edmonson, Fifth Sergeant, promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, transferred to Texas and promoted to Assistant Quartermaster, and died in Galveston, in 1868. He was a Brazoria County man, but enlisted in Fort Bend. Dave S. Terry, son of Colonel Terry, and first corporal, promoted to Captain on General Wharton’s staff, and subsequently commanded the scouts; now in the soldiers’ home at Austin. T. D. Barrington, wounded at Shiloh April, 1862, and left on the field in a hospital, and never heard from. Enlisted in Fort Bend County from Brazoria. F. Z. Buckley, discharged in April, 1862, reenlisted and again discharged in 1864. L. W. Atwell, died in Nashville in 1861. R. J. Adams, was from Robertson County, transferred to Company K, and died. B. F. Adams, discharged in April, 1862. W. H. Albertson, Wharton County, captured in East Tennessee, January 17th, 1864. F. M. Arnold. Joseph T. Asher, detached to work in Confederate States armory. Milam Borden, son of Paschal Borden, discharged in 1862, and died at Stafford’s Point, Fort Bend County, in 1864. G. H. Bailey,...Read More
Captain Wiley Martin was born in Georgia in 1776. He led a very active, restless life, and when very young had been a soldier, schoolteacher and clerk in a store. In 1805 he became connected with Aaron Burr in some business enterprise, and in 1812 joined the army of General Harrison and served as a scout against the Indians in the army of the northwest, culminating in the decisive battle of Tippecanoe. In 1814 he joined the army of General Jackson against the Indians and participated in the famous battle of the “Horse Shoe.” For his gallantry on this hotly contested field he was promoted from scout to a captaincy. After this he became involved in a duel, in which his antagonist was killed. He then resigned his captain’s commission, and in 1825 came to Texas and joined Austin’s colony. He was soon appointed an alcalde in the colony and became acting political chief of the department. At the breaking out of the Texas Revolution, he opposed the Declaration of Independence as premature, but raised a company and joined General Houston’s army at Columbus. He and General Houston had served together under General Jackson and both took part in the “Horse Shoe” battle, where Houston, then a young ensign, was severely wounded. When the Mexicans arrived near the Brazos Captain Martin was sent to guard the ferry at Fort...Read More
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...Read More
(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,...Read More
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...Read More
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