Biographical Sketch of Hibbered, Loron
An old settler of Fort Bend County came to Texas with his parents in February of 1837, being then ten years of age. He was born in, New York in 1827. His father, Elmer Hibbered, started to Texas in 1836 with his family, but stopped in New Orleans on account of the invasion of Texas by Santa Anna, and came on after the war was over, landing at the mouth of the Brazos River. He had two brothers, Lovell and Lucius, who came to Texas with General Sam Houston and was in the Texas army of 1836. One was a drummer and the other a fifer. They might have been the ones who played the air, “Come to the Bower,” by which the Texans marched away from their camp to meet the Mexican invaders on the bloody field of San Jacinto. A fife and drum were all the musical Instruments that were used on that occasion.
Loron Hibbered was on the battle ground of San Jacinto not a great chill after the engagement there, and saw the bones of the slaughtered Mexicans. The elder Hibbered died in Brazoria County not long after settling there, and his people had to split boards with which to construct a coffin for him to be buried in, and when completed looked more like a coop than a coffin, such was the hard times the early settlers had to pass through.
After the death of her husband the widow Hibbered moved to the Stafford settlement, in Fort Bend County, and young Loron drove a freight wagon, making money enough by this employment to buy twenty acres of land from a man named Huffman, and on that, by cultivation, helped to make a living for his mother and deeded the place to her. He afterwards bought more laud and raised some stock, and still lives at Stafford’s Point, and is seventy-five years of age, having spent sixty-five years of this time in Texas.