Gholson Road: Revolutionaries and Texas Rangers
GHOLSON ROAD is the well-documented story of one family's role in American history, from early Virginia through early Texas during the period of the Old West. Anthony2 fought with the Virginia militia in the Revolutionary War and leased land from George Washington. In 1801, at age 68, he moved his family west to Kentucky.
Samuel, son of Anthony2, fought in the War of 1812, participating in the Battle of the Thames and the Battle of New Orleans, moved to Arkansas Territory, then to Texas, arriving in 1832 with his son Albert. They were members of Robertson's Colony while Texas was still a part of Mexico and were among the early Texas Rangers. Albert fought in most of the battles of the Texas Revolution and survived many Indian fights, only to be killed by a neighbor. His sons, Sam and Frank, were also Texas Rangers, protecting the settlers and helping to retrieve several Indian captives. The brothers were persuaded to become Confederate soldiers by a lynch mob that threatened to kill them and their young wives if they did not. After the Civil War, they were involved in the cattle industry and the trail drives of the late 1800s.
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... moved every few years.32 However, the sense of community that was lost was transferred to the family and to neighbors within fifty miles or so.33 In 1624, the population of Virginia consisted of 1048 men and 244 women and children.
According to J.F.D. Smyth's observations of Virginians, recorded in 1772 in A Tour in the United States of America, "a man will frequently go five miles to catch a horse, to ride only one mile upon afterwards."89 The number one sport in ...
... and without warning killed 347 settlers across a hundred-mile area, followed by another attack in 1644, which gave the settlers an excuse to exterminate them.106 Much has been written which holds that after the first 23 GHOLSONROAD.
Dunmore had confiscated Williamsburg's gunpowder supply and the colonists were incensed.27 On the night the news of Lexington reached Williamsburg, Patrick Henry's troops were camped about sixteen miles from Williamsburg.
Daniel gathered an assortment of axmen, friends, neighbors and others, and they left Long Island (Kingsport, Tennessee) on March 10, 1775, to blaze a trail of two hundred miles. As they approached Cumberland Gap, they again encountered ...
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