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James Buchanan Gillett, Texas Ranger

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If you are looking for a good book about Texas history, Six Years With the Texas Rangers is very well written and quite interesting, first published in 1921.  Though James B. Gillett was a Ranger for only six years, these were some of the six most important years for the post-Reconstruction Rangers in the Frontier Battalion.

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in biography, texas rangers

 

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John B. Jones, Texas Ranger

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Ranger John B. Jones was born on December 11, 1834 to Col. Henry Jones and Nancy Elizabeth Robertson Jones in South Carolina, the only son of five children. The family moved to Texas in 1839, settling near current day Austin.  Mrs. Jones’ brother, Dr. Joseph William Robertson had settled in the area a couple of years earlier and at the time he was practicing medicine from a log cabin around what is now Congress Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets in Austin.  Henry Jones had served in the militia and commanded a regiment under future President of the Republic Mirabeau B. Lamar.  He had fought at the battle of Plum Creek and others and was elected to the first Texas Legislature that convened in February, 1846.

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in biography, texas rangers

 

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Sam Walker, Texas Ranger

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Samuel Hamilton “Sam” Walker is a Texas Ranger legend and is one of only about three dozen Rangers who are in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.  Sam was born in Maryland on February 24, 1817 and served as a soldier for most of his adult life.  His first recorded term was with the Washington City Volunteers (now Washington, D. C.) in a campaign against the Creek Indians in 1836.  It is believed that he then lived in Florida where he took a railway job until he moved to Texas in 1842.  He joined John Coffee “Jack” Hays’ Ranger outfit that same year, serving as a scout under Capt. Jesse Billingsley.

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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in biography, county names, texas rangers

 

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Creed Taylor

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It is hard to imagine reading about any of the key events surrounding the Texas Revolution and the times surrounding it without encountering the name of Creed Taylor.  Taylor was the son of a family of early Texas settlers.  Despite his youth, he is thought to have taken part in the following battles: the “Come and Take It” battle in Gonzalez, the Battle of Concepción, the Grass Fight, the Siege of Bexar, the Battle of San Jacinto and others.

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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in biography, texas rangers, town names

 

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Junius Peak (1845-1934)

Junius W. Peak was one of the more charismatic individuals in Texas history.  His family moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1855.  The family was large, with many brothers and sisters.  Jefferson and Martha Reser Peak bought 229 acres of farmland close to the small Dallas settlement.  Peak would recall that his father Jefferson paid $110 for the land.

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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in biography, texas rangers

 

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