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governor from December 3, 1835, to January 7, 1836.  Quitman financed and led a company of forty mounted volunteers from Natchez, arriving in Texas on April 9, 1836.  His unit stayed at Nacogdoches from April 12-17 to help quell a suspected Tejano-Indian uprising and did not arrive at the scene of the San Jacinto battle until two days after it was fought.  Walter Prescott Webb et al. (eds.), The Handbook of Texas, vol. 2, p. 425; Paul D. Lack, The Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 171-2.

6. [p.28]  Some of the McNiel (also spelled McNeel and McNeill) family were members of the "Old 300" settlers in the Austin colony. Angus McNeill received a certificate of character (a procedure making him eligible for a land grant) in Nacogdoches on September 15, 1835. He located a grant in the Vehlein colony, situated between the "Old River and Cedar Bayou," an area that became Liberty County during the Republic of Texas. Blake, Certificates of Entrance.

7. [p.28]  Gray's confusion here was considerable. There was no "Robinson's and Williams' grant;" instead, Sterling C. Robertson engaged in a bitter and extended dispute with Stephen F. Austin and his partner Samuel May Williams over a colony located around the upper Brazos north of El Camino Real. This controversy was not resolved until after statehood. For both sides of this story, see Malcolm McLean (ed.), Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, and Margaret S. Henson, Samuel May Williams.


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1. [p.33]  This reference is undoubtedly to Joseph Davis, the older brother of Jefferson Davis. The plantation, known as Davis Bend, was located on a peninsula about thirty miles south of Vicksburg. Hudson Strode, Jefferson Davis: American Patriot, vol. 1, p. 93.

2. [p.35]  John C. McKein (also McKean or McKane), who came to Texas with his wife and five children, officially enrolled as a colonist in the Robertson colony on January 13, 1836. McLean, Robertson's Colony, vol. 12, p. 357 n 2.

3. [p.44]  This was not the Samuel P. Carson who became a delegate to the Texas Convention of 1836 and Texas Secretary of State in the Interim government. That person was a North Carolinian (not a resident of either Baltimore or Alexandria) and was involved in business dealings elsewhere on this date.

4. [p.45]  Isaac Parker was a 32-year-old single man from Illinois in 1835, residing in Nacogdoches. Earlier that fall Sam Houston had written Parker requesting help

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
Copyright 1997 William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas