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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My travels took me to a number of different cities where I used the following libraries and manuscript collections, and my research was made easier by helpful staff members: Center for American History in Austin, Texas; ...
... of land 1750 Joseph Collins took the oath as Captain of a Troop of Horse 1750 Voyage described by Gottfried Mittelberger 1754-63 French and Indian War 1756 Collins' troop joined the Culpeper County Militia to fight the Indians above ...
... Frank participated in the Battle of Galveston - Jan 1 1 863 Sam was sent to Big Sandy to establish a horse camp; while hunting for horses, he found the leader of the mob that tried to hang him and took care of him - Feb 10; Gen.
He was born in 1572, studied at Merton College, Oxford, where he took his doctor's degree, April 30, 1610, was fellow (Dec. 29, 1611,) and Censor of the College of Physicians, and practised with great success in London.
... age 45; Ann Gouldslon (sic), age 18; and Mary Gouldson, age 15 (probably the daughters of Henry and Ann), "took shipping in the Elizabeth, of Ipswich, Mr. William Andrews, bound for New England, the last of April 1634."47 • Antho.
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