He avoided censure by moving to New Orleans in March of 1836 but
later returned and died in 1838 at Brazoria. Eugene C. Barker, "Don
Carlos Barrett," pp. 139-45; Lack, Texas
Revolutionary Experience, pp. 47-50, 59, 174.|
38. [p.101] William Houston Jack, born in Georgia on April 12, 1806, graduated from the University of Georgia and practiced law before moving to the Austin colony in 1830. Regarded as a member of the more radical or "War" party as a political activist in the community of Columbia, he carried his militancy to the battlefield and saw action at San Jacinto. Jack was secretary of state during the summer of 1836 and remained politically active until his death in Brazoria County on August 20, 1844. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, pp. 899-900; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 23, 36, 105.
39. [p.102] Thomas Jefferson Chambers was born on April 13, 1802, and left Virginia in his early teens. He received some schooling in Kentucky and was an attorney there and in Alabama. He studied Spanish in Mexico beginning in 1826 and became surveyor general for Coahuila and Texas in 1829. Along with Land Commissioner Juan Antonio Padilla, Chambers initiated a number of surveys out of Nacogdoches in early 1830, but these titles were not completed because the Chambers-Padilla team was quickly replaced by the Centralist authorities. As state attorney in 1834 Chambers wrote a judicial code before attaining the judgeship referred to by Gray that same year. Payment for these and other services gave him claims to thirty leagues of land, but these holdings remained in litigation for years. His subsequent political ambitions were largely unsuccessful except as a member of the Secession Convention of 1861. Chambers was assassinated in his Anáhuac home on March 15, 1865. One history of the east Texas political economy describes him as "a contriving, ambitious," and self-serving politician. Henson and Parmelee, Cartwrights of San Augustine, p. 44 (quotation); Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, pp. 326-27.
40. [p.102] Born in Virginia on September 25, 1800, Ira Randolph Lewis came to Texas in 1831 by way of Ohio, Mississippi, and Louisiana, settling in Anáhuac. Having served at the Consultation and on the Council, at the time Gray saw him Lewis was also preparing to depart for the U. S. to raise support for the war. His daughter married Stephen F. Austin's nephew, Moses Austin Bryan, in whose home Lewis died in August of 1867. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 52.
41. [p.102] The land office was probably the Samuel May Williams place, located about one mile west of town, which (in contrast to what Gray saw elsewhere) had been painted in 1831. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 2.
42. [p.102] Georgian Robert McAlpin Williamson, between thirty and thirty-two years old at this time, had been crippled from age fifteen by an illness that left his right leg drawn at the knee. He wore a wooden corrective device from the knee down that accounted for the nickname "Three-Legged Willie." A lawyer,