Location: Fort Bend County TX

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

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now “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...

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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This collection contains 42 biographies and various historical references from the manuscript History of Fort Bend County by W. M. Morrison.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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Biography of Robert E. Webster

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now ROBERT E. WEBSTER, Near Summitville in Van Buren Township is one of the fine country homes of Madison County, a place which for years has given a distinctive character of prosperity and well ordered enterprise to the country life of this section of the County, It is the farm occupied and owned by Robert E. Webster who was born on the place and has been identified with agricultural activities in this section all his life, In his home place he has eighty acres and also owns another farm of seventy acres east of Summitville about two miles. Robert E. Webster was born in Madison County on his present estate February 25, 1868, a son of Daniel W. and Elizabeth (Bear) Webster. The family belongs to the same stock which in an earlier day produced the noted orator and statesman Daniel Webster. Daniel W. Webster was the son of Robert and Rebecca (Fisher) Webster, Robert Webster during the early days brought his family from the state of Delaware to Madison County, and reached this part of Indiana in time to secure land direct from the government in Boone Township. Later he sold his old homestead and moved into Van Buren Township, Daniel W. Webster and wife had a family of seven children, namely: Oliver, Robert E., Jane...

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Biography of Joel M. Jones

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JOEL M. JONES, In Boone Township, located on the rural delivery route No. 22 out of Alexandria, Mr. Jones is one of tee prosperous young farmers, and is engaged in the operation of one hundred and twenty-five acres in his home place and owns considerable other land in this Township, He started out without much capital, did hard work as his preparation for his successful career, and in later years has come into a plane of quiet prosperity and the esteem of his community. Joel M. Jones was born March 8, 1872, in Monroe Township of Madison County, His parents were John H. and Mary M. (Vinson) Jones, The father was also born in Monroe Township, and the Jones family has been identified with this County since pioneer times, The father was a farmer, owned considerable land, and grew up and was educated in Monroe Township. He is now deceased and his body was laid to rest in Mt, Pisgah cemetery, There were only two children and the older, William E., died in young manhood. The mother now makes her home in Alexandria. Joel M. Jones as a boy attended. the Mount Pisgah school, and while going to school also worked at home, and acquired a thorough knowledge of all the activities of farming, His schooling...

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Biography of George B. McDermit

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now GEORGE B. MCDERMIT. One of the independent and progressive farmers of Boone Township is George B. McDermit, who has in his home place, located on the rural free delivery route No. 28 out of Elwood, one hundred and twenty acres of fine and well improved land, his mother’s place, and he also owns and operates other land in the same Township aggregating more than two hundred acres, He conducts his fanning on businesslike principles and after looking over his farm and understanding somewhat of the man it is not difficult to understand his reasons for success. George B. McDermit was born on the McDermit farm which he now occupies, the date of his birth having been December 28, 1871. He is a son of Samuel and Julia (Minnick) McDermit, Samuel McDermit came from Mason County, West Virginia, and bought land in Boone Township of Madison County, comprising a portion of the estate now owned by his son George. The Minnick family also came from Mason County, West Virginia, and Mr. McDermit’s mother had one sister, Sarah Over- shiner, who lives in Boone Township. Mr. McDermit’s father was buried at Forestville cemetery, The children in the family of Samuel McDermit and wife were eight in number, mentioned as follows: Margaret, deceased; Martha Minnick; John D.; Edward; Charles...

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Biography of James M. Parsons

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JAMES M. PARSONS, In the life history of the late James M. Parsons, one of Elwood’s honored residents and substantial business men, is found exemplification of the truth that success is the result of labor- and untiring labor. Starting out in life with no advantages save those of an energetic nature, an inherent ability and a commendable determination to gain a position for himself in the world, he worked ceaselessly and perseveringly, and became known as one of those belonging to the class which can lay claim to the American title of self-made man, Mr. Parsons was born in Butler County, Ohio, July 26, 1832′, a son of James and Sarah Ann (Ward) Parsons. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Parsons, John Parsons, was probably a native of Maryland, He was a ship carpenter by trade, but when he went to Butler County, Ohio, as a pioneer of that section, turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he was engaged during the remainder of his life, The name of his wife is not remembered, but it is known that he had two sons, James and William, and four daughters, among whom was Ann. On the maternal side, the grandfather of Mr. Parsons was Joseph Ward, a native of New Jersey, who spent his life in the...

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Biography of Ralph B. Clark

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now RALPH B. CLARK, In his native city of Anderson Mr. Clark has found ample scope and opportunity for effective business enterprise and has gained a secure position as a representative citizen of the County with good claims upon popular confidence and esteem in the community that has always been his home, and in the progress and prosperity of which he maintains the deepest interest, He is a member of the firm of Clark-and Haber, which conducts a flourishing retail jewelry business, and is also general manager of the Merchants Fire Insurance Company, one of the strong institutions of its kind in the state, with general offices at Anderson. Ralph B. Clark was born at Anderson, Indiana, on July 24, 1866, and belongs to one of the oldest and most honored pioneer families of Madison County, where his grandfather George Clark established a home at an early period, and continued to reside in Fall Creek Township until his death at the patriarchal age of ninety-two years, Grandfather Clark contributed his quota to the development and progress of the County, and was a mail who enjoyed the unqualified esteem of all who knew him. The parents of Ralph B. Clark were Ralph N. and Mary A. (Jackson) Clark, both of whom were born and reared in Indiana, The...

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Biography of Purl Dean

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now PURL DEAN. In the personnel of the live business men of the thriving town of Summitville, Indiana, Mr. Dean, of the well known firm of Dean & Tomlison, stands for progress, aggressiveness and honesty in the execution of his business interests, He is known in Madison County as possessed of rare business acumen, which is a requisite that is a direct aid in the advancement of any village, town or city. Mr. Dean is a native of Madison County, Indiana, and was born March 29, 1873, the only child born to his parents, Calvin and Dee (Reed) Dean, both residents of Grant County, Indiana. The father is a native of the Blue Grass state of Kentucky, and his life has been spent as an agriculturist, although much of his time has been devoted to the work of an auctioneer. Mr. Dean of this review has been reared in Madison and Grant counties and received a good practical education in the public schools, and the town schools, Most of his boyhood days were spent on one of the pretty Indiana farms of North Central Indiana, and he well knows the value of that training which the farmer lad receives, if he wishes to lay the proper foundation stones of life. In business he has been eminently successful....

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Biography of John H. Koons

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JOHN H. KOONS, The eminence of Anderson among the industrial centers of Indiana has been due to the presence here of a group of men possessed of special genius as inventors and manufacturers and of fine capabilities as organizers and business builders. Capital has been less conspicuous in the net results than personal ability, and it is with pride that the city regards its lists of industrial executives, One of these is Mr. Koons, the inventor. and consulting engineer of the Koons Oil Furnace Company, designers and manufacturers of the Koons Hot Blast low pressure oil burning system, for all kinds of heating. John H. Koons has had a long and varied experience in mechanical fields and has been identified with Anderson since 1904, He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1860, a son of John W. and Mary (Buss) Koons, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania, As a boy he attended the public schools and a select school in his native town. His first work on leaving school was as a clerk in a drug store, His inclinations were for applied mechanics, and he soon learned the trade of machinist under his father, After that he traveled extensively as a journeyman workman through the western states, including California, Arizona and others, and gained...

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Biography of William E. Thompson

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now WILLIAM E. THOMPSON. Since the pioneer days of Madison County this section of Indiana has known and has been influenced by four generations of the Thompson family, and representatives of three generations are now living and are active workers in the business enterprises of Anderson, The four generations of the family have alike been distinguished for exceptional business talent, enterprise and large public spirit, and as individuals they have contributed many important services to the life and activities of the County. William E. Thompson & Son are prominent in Anderson as contractors and builders, and many of the fine business structures and other works are credited to their industry and skill. William E. Thompson, the head of the firm of William E. Thompson & Son, of Anderson, was born in Madison County, in the village known as Prosperity, five miles north of Anderson, March 19, 1858. His father, James A. Thompson, was born October 12, 1834, at Milton, Wayne County, Indiana. The grandfather was the Rev. William A. I Thompson, one of the remarkable characters in the early history of Indiana, His regular occupation was farming, but for many years he was devoted to the ministry of the Baptist church, one of the old-time preachers who performed his work without salary, ministering for the good of...

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Biography of Frank Knight

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now FRANK KNIGHT, The possibilities of any business are almost unlimited when there is a foundation of thorough and reliable workmanship, square dealing in every relation between the business and its patrons, and a thorough regard for the wholesome business principles and practices, Mr. Frank Knight of Anderson has for many years been identified with the painting and decorative trade, and has built up as a contractor a business such as the proprietors of many more ostentatious industries might well envy. He is deemed one of the responsible and public spirited citizens of Anderson, and has been a resident of this city for upwards of forty years. Frank Knight was born in Logan County, near West Liberty, Ohio, on Christmas Day of 1848, His father was James and his mother Barbara (Daley) Knight, the former born at Richmond, Indiana, in 1818. Grandfather William Knight was a native of Kentucky, one of the early settlers of both Ohio and Indiana, was a miller by trade, and worked at different mills in both states, His death occurred in Ohio, and his wife also passed away in that state. Frank Knight received his early training at West Liberty, attending both the common and high schools, and also was a student iii a select school at Bluffton, Ohio, When he left...

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Biography of George T. Beebe

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now GEORGE T. BEEBE. In the fall elections of 1912, when the voters of Madison County elected George T. Beebe to the office of County treasurer, they voiced the expression of their confidence in his integrity, his absolute reliability and his ability to handle the affairs of one of Indiana’s leading counties, It is generally found that the people of a community are not slow in recognizing true worth in an individual, and the man selected to handle the financial resources of a section is invariably one who has made a success in his private affairs, In the case of Mr. Beebe there has been no exception to this rule, for his career has been one of earnest effort, concluding in well merited success, a success all the more commendable in that it has been entirely self gained, Mr. Beebe was born at Draw Bridge, Sussex County, Delaware, January 23, 1856, His father, John S. Beebe, was a native of Virginia and an early settler of Delaware, where for many years he was a prosperous farmer. He married Miss Elizabeth Carey, a native of Delaware, and both are now deceased, They became the parents of eight children, all of whom lived to years of maturity. George Thomas Beebe received his early education in the public schools of...

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Biography of Jesse Rothrock

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JESSE ROTHROCK, An industry which during the past several decades has grown and flourished in eastern Indiana, is the operation of farm lands for the production of dairy goods, Ever since the necessity for pure milk has been recognized, many of the most progressive farmers and business men have devoted their activities to dairying, One of the best sources of good milk in the city of Anderson is supplied by Jesse Rothrock, who has a thoroughly equipped modern dairy farm in north Anderson. Jesse Rothrock was born on a farm six miles south of Columbus in Bartholomew County, Indiana, April 6, 1860, His father was Jesse Roth- rock, born near Rotterdam- in Holland, a country noted for its great dairying industries, The grandparents came to America, accompanied by their children, and located in South Carolina, where both died shortly afterwards, The children were then scattered, and Jesse Rothrock, Sr,, found a home with a planter and slave holder in that state, After he had reached young manhood he came west and located in Bartholomew County, Indiana, which was his home until 1867, He then went to Shelby County, Illinois, where he bought a tract of land direct from the government, That land under his capable industry was unproved into a good farm, and by the erection...

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Biography of Elijah Posey McMahan

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now ELIJAH POSEY McMAHAN. Monroe Township in Madison County is noted for its finely improved and productive homesteads, and one of these is occupied by Elijah Posey McMahan, who has lived in this County all his life, and has acquired exceptional energy and good business ability through his farming operations, and is one of the most prosperous country residents of the County, He owns in his home place one hundred and sixty acres and has eighty acres in Boone Township. Mr. McMahan has served as County commissioner of Madison County, and has for many years been an influential factor in his community. Elijah Posey McMahan was born September 7, 1855, in Boone Township of Madison County, a son of Jesse and Lilly (Williamson) McMahan. The paternal grandparents came from North Carolina in the early days, and in their family was Jesse McMahan, then a small boy. The latter was reared and spent all his active life in Madison County, and is well remembered among the old residents of this vicinity, He and his wife were the parents of seven children, namely: Elijah P.; Enoch W.-; Mrs. Louisa Moore; James; Mrs. Martha Bear, who died leaving ten children; Carolina, deceased; and Sam’l who died in infancy. Mr. Elijah P. McMahan was born on the McMahan farm, He grew...

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Biography of Daniel Marcus Johnson

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now DANIEL MARCUS JOHNSON. One of the attractive and valuable farms of Van Buren Township is the place of Daniel Marcus Johnson, comprising one hundred acres of fine land located about four miles northeast of Summitville and on the Johnson road. Mr. Johnson began his career as a renter, by thrift and good management saved sufficient means to make his first purchase of land, and is now one of the substantial agriculturists of the County. He brought a thorough experience and ability to the improvement of his place, according to his standards of what he wanted this farm to be, It is therefore a farm which has been largely shaped out by his own labors and plans and represents both a comfortable home and a gratifying source of income. Daniel Marcus Johnson was born September 11, 1869, on the Harrison Allen farm in Van. Buren Township, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Allen) Johnson. Joseph Johnson married Miss Allen in Hancock County, and then brought his young wife to Randolph County, and thence to Madison County, where he bought land in Van Buren Township, He was a successful farmer, and a man of local influence, and his death on April 7, 1908, was a distinct loss to the community, He is buried in the cemetery of the...

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