Texas History Forum

The following correspondence to Lone Star Junction is posted so that viewers might share information about the history of early Texas. Inquiries of interest to specific families are posted in the Texas Genealogy Register.

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Sat, 18 Sep 1999 [Subject: Early Houstonians]
I am trying to find out information on John W. Reagan and Dick Bowling and the role if any that either man played in the history of the City of Houston.  Any information you could provide will be invaluable. --C. L. Cline, Houston

Mon, 13 Sep 1999 [Subject: Zimmerman Telegram]
I am a graduate student at Baylor University studying history.  I am researching the private responses of Texans toward the Zimmerman Telegram.  Any information (memoirs, diaries, letters to the ediotr) about this would be appreciated. --Jason Odom, Waco, Texas (jodom75@aol.com)

Mon, 12 Jul 1999 [Subject: General Tom Green]
I am researching the life and times of General Tom Green CSA. I am especially interested in his pre-War Between the States life. Any information will be greatly appreciated. --John P Pate, DeRidder, LA (patej@worldnetla.net) .....If you haven't already read it, first see Lone Star Junction's biographical sketch on General Green, which includes an image in Civil War uniform. The most comprehensive source is General Tom Green: A Fightin' Texan (1963, Texian Press). Good luck with your researches. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Mon, 12 Jul 1999 [Voting Rights during Civil War]
Can anyone tell me (or suggest where I may find) the qualifications for voting and for holding office in Texas during the Civil War period of 1861-1865? Obviously, voting rights were restricted to free males, with women and slaves excluded during that period. But was there a minimum age requirement? Was voting restricted to property owners? (If so, what sort of property and how much?) Was there any systematic or organized effort to exclude Mexican-Americans or others from voting? I understand that the Texas constitution at that time was the same as was adopted by the Republic of Texas, so I assume the same voter qualifications were used. --Sam Fletcher, Houston, TX (sfletcher@collage.com)

Mon, 5 Jul 1999 [Subject: "History of Texas"] I received some information from a correspondent citing a book "The History of Texas" (no author or publishing company) as a source. I checked my library and found 5 different books with that title, none mentioning the ancestor I am interested in finding. I'd like to find out how many books might have this same name? --Leslie Harvison, Boulder, CO (harvison@bouldernews.infi.net)

Fri, 2 Jul 1999 [Subject: Texas Citizenship]
Joseph L. Hood applied for Texas Citizenship at Nacogdochas in 1829. From where would I be able to obtain a copy of this request for Texas citizenship? --Julie Perry, Moore Haven, FL (tcperry@gate.net)

Wed, 2 Jun 1999 [Subject: Gainsville Hanging]
I am looking for info about the great hanging of Gainesville in 1862 (names of those hanged and where are they buried). My husband has an ancestor who was involved. --Angela Pavloff, DuQuoin, IL (agpav@midwest.net)
.....The best source is a book by L. D.Clark titled "Civil War Recollections of James Lemuel Clark and the Great Hanging at Gainesville Texas in October 1862" (Republic of Texas Press, 199?). It lists the names of those hanged and a personal account of the ordeal leading up to this event. There were 38 names on the list of those hanged. --Cindi Davis, Arlington Texas (Cincin43@aol.com)

Wed, 26 May 1999 [Subject: Fort Bend]
I am trying to find out anything relating to a military history of Fort Bend. The only thing I have been able to find out so far is the mention of this place concerning the fight with Santa Anna. Was Fort Bend a military post? What dates did it exist? Was Fort Bend active during the Indian Wars Period? Thanks. --Tim Bradshaw, Columbia, SC (tim.bradshaw@cwix.com)
.....Stephen F. Austin's Old 300 established Fort Bend in November 1822, in a bend of the Brazos River west of present Houston. Called a "one-room shanty," the post was soon surrounded by a small settlement. Due to its importance during the Texas Revolution, the surrounding county formed in 1837 was named in its honor. The Fort Bend settlement was absorbed by nearby Richmond when the latter was selected as county seat in 1838. Finally, no, Fort Bend was not active during the Indian Wars. --Jerry M. Sullivan, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, TX (jerry.sullivan@tpwd.state.tx.us)

Thu, 6 May 1999 [Subject: Mason County War]
I am seeking information on Scott Cooley or any of the other prominent charaters in the Mason County War of 1875-1876. Does anyone know where Cooley was from? --Glenn Hadeler, Austin, TX (LH1RANCH@aol.com)

Mon, 12 Apr 1999 [Subject: Wilbarger County]
I'm trying to find information on Wilbarger County, Texas where my family is supposedly from. Any help would be most appreciated. --Chris Wilbarger, New Orleans, LA (Tiltontalk@aol.com)
.....Wilbarger County is located on the Red River near the base of the Texas panhandle. It was named after brothers Josiah and Mathias Wilbarger--of the family you are no doubt referring. However, these brothers settled near Bastrop (in Bastrop County) around 1830, and the family never lived in Wilbarger County. If these are your ancestors, you will surely want to read the 1889 classic, Indian Depredations in Texas, a compendium of narratives of hundreds of encounters between Texans and Indians on the frontier. The book was compiled by John W. Wilbarger, a brother of Josiah and Mathias. Recent reprints are available. Coincidentally, Wilbarger County borders Hardeman County, named after my ggg-grandfather Thomas Hardeman and his brother Bailey. Thomas Hardeman also settled on the Colorado River near Bastrop--not far from the Wilbargers. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Tue, 23 Mar 1999 [Subject: Davis Mounted Rifles-CSA]
According to enlistment records in the Texas Archives, two of my ancestors joined the CSA in June 1861 in Washington Co., TX ( Union Hill area). They are listed as being in the "Davis Mounted Rifles." I find no further reference to the group anywhere. Would appreciate any information. One did wind up in Company F, 5th Texas Mounted Rifles, Sibley's Brigade, and was killed at the battle of Val Verde, NM. --Craig Morin, Houston, TX (craig@pilko.com).

Sat, 6 Mar 1999 [Subject: Mexican War "Spies"]
My gg-grandfather Nepolean Conn served in the Mexican war in a unit called the Texas Mounted Spies. Does this name indicate that they were scouts or some other kind of undercover unit rather than the usual military group? --Maryanne Walsh, New York, NY (walshrobert@email.msn.com)

Wed, 3 Mar 1999 [Subject: Texas Ranger action at Bandera Pass]
I am looking for any detail of an action at Bandera Pass in about 1843 between Texas Rangers under Captain Jack Hays and a Comanche Force. The ambushed Rangers are said to have driven off the Indians by use of their new colt revolvers, but beyond that I know nothing more. Can anyone help? --Tony Jaques, Melbourne, Australia (ajaques@dow.com)

Tue, 2 Feb 1999 [Subject: The Golden Standard]
Does anyone know what happened to Santa Anna's brass cannon,"The Golden Standard," captured at The Battle of San Jacinto? --Bill Morris, Chappell Hill, TX. (morris@wt.net)

Tue, 19 Jan 1999 [Subject: Battle of Concepcion]
Your history archive has excellent summaries of the key military events, but a reference only to the Battle at Concepcion, 28 October 1835. Where can I find some further details of this battle? --Tony Jaques, Melbourne, Australia (ajaques@dow.com)
.....The Battle of Concepcion is usually thought of as the opening shots of the Siege of Bexar. You can read a first-hand account in Chapter VII of Noah Smithwick's Evolution of a State. There is a summary account of the battle in the online version of the New Handbook of Texas. --Scott Chafin, Houston, Texas (schafin@pdq.net)

Sun, 17 Jan 1999 [Subject: The Texas Road]
Beginning in about 1821 or 1822, when Mexico opened Texas to settlement, [some] people came from the north, through what is now Oklahoma, via the Texas Road (roughly U.S. Highway 69). Can you tell me what route(s) they took after they entered Texas? Could one have been what is now U.S. Highway 69 from Dennison to Alto, which is on what was the Old San Antonio Road? --Don Russell, Muskogee, Oklahoma (obscomp@intellex.com)

Tue, 12 Jan 1999 [Subject: Yellow Rose of Texas]
I am looking for information on the "Yellow Rose of Texas." Please let me know if you have any info on this famous lady in Texas History. Thank you. --Bruce White, Alberta, Canada (jbmwhite@telusplanet.net)
.....Please refer to our Texas History Forum entry of 22 May 1996 for details about Emily Morgan, who is said to have inspired the famous song. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

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