Kinsearching July 12, 2009




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     If you are seeking data about ancestors who served in the Texas Revolution, you may want to read the article, "The 'Sabine Chute': The U. S. Army and the Texas Revolution" by Bill and Marjorie K. Walraven. It appears on pages 573-601 of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. CVII, No. 4 (April 2004). Seventeen pages of the article is a roster titled, "U. S. Army Deserters or Discharges with Names Similar to Those of Men Who Served in the Texas Revolution." The list is then divided into several categories, which are arranged alphabetically: deserters from the U. S. Army Third Infantry Regiment (stationed at Fort Jessup, LA), deserters from the Sixth Infantry Regiment (came from Jefferson Barracks to Camp Sabine), men discharged from the Third Infantry Regiment, names remaining on muster rolls of the Third Infantry Regiment that were identical to names on Texas Army Rolls or bounty land lists, and deserters and men discharged from the U. S. Fourth Infantry Regiment (Baton Rouge, LA). One man died at the Alamo and several fought at San Jacinto in 1836. Many received bounty land for their service. For each individual, the authors furnish useful information (sometimes sparse, sometimes detailed).

     This week we continue with the early history of Spur and its citizens as taken from selected items in various issues of the newspaper, The Texas Spur. (For background information about this series of articles, see Kinsearching column dated 8 February 2009.)


     In previous columns, such as those dated 21 June and 28 June 2009, the data proved that people kept coming to look over or settle in the new town and more businesses spouted up to meet their needs. The headline for the 12 Nov 1909 (vol. 1, no. 3) issue of the newspaper declared: "Spur Town Lots Sold and the People Are Building a City." Accompanying the headline on page 1 was an article that asserted: "At last the hundreds of people who have been waiting days and months for Spur to open up and the lots placed on sale have been gratified and the building of a modern city has begun and is being rapidly pushed."

     Names of families and individuals who became or thought they might become residents filled the pages of the newspaper. For example, "R. B. BRYANT made a trip this week to Stamford. Mrs. BRYANT returned with him and will make Spur their permanent home in the future." (12 Nov 1909, p. 3, c. 2)

     Among those buying property was C. F. BUSKE, of Anson, who "will move soon." (12 Nov 1909, p. 3, c. 4)

     "F. W. CLINKSCALES, a business man (sic) of Plainview, bought property here last week and in the future will probably locate in Spur." (12 Nov 1909, p. 3, c. 1)

     "L. T. MAYHUGH, a prominent businessman of Plainview, was in Spur last week and bought lots. He will probably locate here in the future." (12 Nov 1909, p. 2, c. 5)

     "J. V. McCORMICK, formerly of Rotan, is now located at Spur and selling lumber for the Richardson Lumber Company." (12 Nov 1909, p. 4, c. 1)

     "P. E. OGDEN, a prominent and substantial citizen of the Rotan country, was here last week, looking at the Spur country with a view of buying land and locating in this section." (12 Nov 1909, p. 2, c. 5)

     "E. E. PATTERSON left this week for Paducah from which place he will move his family to Spur." (12 Nov 1909, p. 4, c. 2)
     (Editor's Note: E. E. PATTERSON is also mentioned in Kinsearching column dated 8 Feb 1909.)

     "Mr. VAUGHT, of near Dickens, bought a lot in Spur the first of the week and...he will build a residence...and become a citizen of the town. The lot was sold by J. R. GEORGE through J. H. NEELEY the real estate man." (4 Nov 1910, p. 1, c. 2)

     "Roscoe WILLIAMS, a prominent attorney of Lubbock, was in Spur last week and purchased lots and later will possibly become a citizen of the town." (12 Nov 1909, p. 3, c. 1)

(To be continued)

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