Gainesville needs to step up to its family and history. A view from the outside looking in. My name is Janette Elizabeth Ross Deetjen.
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Wiley who was hanged in Gainesville, My name is Chris Gibbons. Although not part of the Gainesville Hangings, my family believes that James Fitz? Gibbons, a cobbler from London who moved to Sherman TX, was ambushed and lynched by Confederate sympathizers in He was my gggrandfather. According to a story told by his daughter to her granddaughter, the family had left Sherman to go stay with his wife's family near Dallas during the Civil War and a band of drunken men came into camp the first night out and took him away and lynched him.
The family buried him beneath the tree but was never able to locate the grave later on. James Gibbons is mentioned several times in Sherman newspaper articles and directories. My 3x great grandfather was Henry V. He narrowly escaped being killed in The Great Hanging. Henry and his family moved from Iowa to the Gainesville area around As such he was a Northern sympathizer during the Civil War.
He was sentenced to be hung; however, he was able to escape only thru the influence of a family friend Joshua Gotham. He escaped to Loredo, Texas. About , Henry and his family moved from Iowa to the Cooke County area. As such, he was a Northern sympathizer during the Civil War. Henry was sentenced to be hung; however, he was able to escape only thru the influence of a family friend, Joshua Gorham.
He escaped to Laredo, Texas. Henry was subsequently killed by Indians on May 8, in the Sauce Ranch 5 miles from Loredo towards Eagle Pass while shearing sheep. His daughter Charlotte Amelia Gibbons Beach said that drunken confederates took her father who was unarmed away. A man came along and said he had found him hanging in a big old tree. He buried him and told the family where they could find the grave, but they were unable to find the grave. James was taking his son, daughter and his wife Elizabeth S. Holt Gibbons and her daughter to stay with her family while he went to war.
I have a copy of the story as told by his daughter Charlotte Amelia. I would like to get in touch with Chris Gibbons. Not sure if this blog is still active, but just wanted to say "thanks" for all of the links and sources. We are trying to find information concerning the immediate families of these men.
Any corrections or additions to this list are welcome! James Young hanged the following: Junius Foster , editor of the Sherman Patriot, was shot as he was closing up his newspaper office. Joel Francis DeLamirande was tried and sentenced to life in prison for helping the wives of the victims. John Wiley is on Clark's list as one of the men who was hanged. His descendants claim he was hanged, but McCaslin does not include him in his list of men hanged and his list is basically the same as Diamond's account. Several smaller illustrations comprised a double-page centerfold, about 22X16 in size and entitled "Rebel Barbarities in Texas.
This fact was ascertained beyond doubt from a gentleman who had received propositions to go into the order, accompanied with promises of a rich reward in the way of plunder and exemption from all liability to aid and support the cause of the South. James Bourland, 14 Col. He was appointed collector of customs for the Red River District in On the outbreak of the Mexican War he helped William C.
Young raise a regiment of 1, volunteers in the Red River area. Bourland was appointed its lieutenant colonel. The i census of Cooke County lists him as a fifty-seven-year-old farmer. Upon the secession of Texas Bourland returned to military service and subse- quently commanded a regiment organized for the protection of the northern frontier of Texas against marauding Indians and federal guerrillas. He died in Diamond was the eldest of six brothers who moved to Texas from their native county of De Kalb, Georgia, before the Civil War.
He settled in Grayson County near present-day Whitesboro. A cotton planter and slave owner in the Red River valley portion of northwestern Grayson County, he was the leading spokesman in that area for Southern rights and views in the days imme- diately preceding the Civil War. He attended the i Democratic National Con- vention at Charleston, South Carolina, as a delegate from Texas and bolted as a member of that delegation upon the nomination of Douglas for president.
Upon the election of Lincoln in November, i, James J. Diamond was instru- mental in calling a public meeting of Grayson and Cooke county citizens at Whites- boro on November 23, i, "to take into consideration the present political con- dition of the country. Diamond was called upon to preside. In the first instance, they very properly selected J. McCurley to whom propositions had been made to join the organization. McCurley, 18 a good citizen and a gentleman of fine intelli- gence, proceeded at once, under full instructions to the discharge of the duty assigned him.
He made application, and was duly re- the people He also moved that a company of men be organized at once in the two counties to help defend "Southern interest and Southern equality in the Union, or out of it. He was named a member of the Convention's Committee of Public Safety, which in effect took revolutionary control of the state in the interim between the recess of the convention on February 4, , and its re- assembly on March 2 to announce the ratification at the polls of the ordinance of secession.
He was named lieutenant colonel of the 11th Texas Cavalry upon its organization in the spring of , participating in its occupation of the Indian Territory. He succeeded to its colonelcy upon the death of Colonel William C. Young in October, He died in Houston, Texas, during the yellow fever epidemic of Twitty was born in Kentucky in and lived for a number of years in Louisiana before moving to Texas in the fall of Twitty was among the first settlers in Cooke County west of Gainesville. He died a few years after the end of the Civil War, and his widow made her home at Marysville.
Roff was captain of a cavalry company in Brig- adier General William Hudson's brigade of state troops, and later served as major of Bourland's Cavalry Regiment. McCurley, from Tennessee, was a forty-eight-year-old farmer in Denton County in i He and his family had come to Texas in the 's by way of Illinois. In Diamond's opinion, as given in his "Review of McCurley," this carrier of the mail between Gainesville and Denton provided the initial clue in the discovery of the "Peace Party Conspiracy.
Chance with having first discovered the existence of the Unionist resistance group in Cooke County. How he proceeded in the part assigned him may be better and more fully explained by his testimony given [before] the "Citizens Court" on the trial of Dr. His opinion also reflects the views and convictions of members of the "Citizens Court. The absence of the name of Henry Childs in available contemporary records of Cooke County, including the federal census of i, may be explained by Diamond's statement that Childs "came from Missouri to Texas but a few years anterior to the war between the States.
After some conversation he remarked to me, "Would you like to go into a Society for the good of our country? I told him I had been one. He then said, "Come into the room, it may be that you are one still. He then re- marked, "You know nothing about it. He then said, "These d d rebel rascals about town and there are a good many of them have a large quantity of ammuni[tion] and we Union men intend to have it, and that d d soon.
Bourland of what I had heard and he advised me to go on, join the order and get all the information I could on the subject. About two weeks subsequent to the time of the interview with Childs I came to Gainesville, and Col. Bourland loaned me a horse and I rode out to the residence of Doctor Henry Childs, finding him at home. I inquired about some estray stock which as I told him I learned run in his neighborhood. After some conversation, I told him I had formed an acquaintance with his brother in Gainesville, and that he had informed me of the existence of an organization in the country, which he styled the Union party, and that being myself a Union man, the idea pleased me very much.
I then stated to him that his brother told me that he the Doctor could give me all informa- tion and full instructions regarding said organization. This seemed to please him, and without any further remarks on my part he replied, "I must first swear you to secrecy. McCurley, in the presence of Almighty God, do most solemnly promise and swear that you will forever keep secret 20 Ephraim Childs, the brother of Dr.
Henry Childs, was credited with unwittingly first having revealed the existence of the secret order. So help you, God. He replied, "there is a talk about it," but he thought they would delay it awhile longer. I then asked him how many his Order numbered. He said they not only numbered hundreds, but they were counted by the thousands — that their Institution reached from the north to the South, through the northern and Southern armies, and that within the last eight days he had sworn in and initiated over fifty members.
I asked him if he had taken their names. He replied, "No; but we know each other by the signs. He then read from the book the obligations which bound them to protect and defend each other at all times and under all circum- stances, even unto death. He said they would not probably take up arms against the State until the Northern army should come in, when they were to rise and fight against the Secessionists, or fall in the rear of the Federal army.
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I then inquired of him from what quarter the Northern army was to come into Texas. Having spoken of "our friends," I asked him who were our friends? He answered, "the Union men. He answered the Southern secessionists. Having in the conversation used the word "tories," I asked him who he called tories.
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He replied, the secession party [of the] South. I asked him what would become of them, in the event of the success of the order and the occupation of zijames Henry Lane resigned from the United States Senate as a Senator from the State of Kansas in to command a brigade of volunteers as a brigadier general. Born in Indiana, he served as lieutenant governor of that state and then as a representative in Congress before emigrating to the Territory of Kansas in He was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln and an organizer of the Republican Party. He said in reply that "when our friends come in, if they should not submit, the last one of them would be killed.
He said he desired to swear me, and give me power to swear in others, I declined for the want of time then, but told him I would call again soon, and learn all about the organization. While McCurley was nothing but an implement in the hands of others to detect and expose the inside workings of the "Order," he was nevertheless a man that stood fair among his neighbors and whose evidence was received as the truth, and not questioned or denied by the accused or his friends.
He was known to be fond of a social glass with his friends at times, but ever on the alert and quite sound in his suspicions of those with whom he had intercourse. Had it not been for the exceeding volubility of the younger Childs Ephraim superinduced by an overflow, or overdose, of bad Confederate whiskey, he would not in all probability have led the sagacious McCurley to suspect the worst from the organiza- tion in which he boasted of being an active member.
And but for these voluntary communications, he might have lived to be useful in his favorite "Institution," and witnessed its triumph in crime and wickedness. Being intoxicated, he felt equal to any emergency and forgot for the time being the oath of secrecy and the necessity of that caution so necessary to carry out purposes for which they were organized. His object was to gain the sympathies of McCurley by referring to his record as a Union man.
McCurley discloses no dis- position to learn or go into any thing further than to frankly admit that he would be pleased with the restoration of the Union upon any fair or honorable means. But when he was informed that this was to be accomplished by means of signs, grips and passwords, and the murder of his neighbors and the betrayal of his section into the hands of an unscrupulous, heterogeneous, reckless organization, he seems to shudder at the idea and declined to receive any further information.
He could see no "good to his country" in attacking and sacking the town with fire and sword, and the killing of neighbors, the "rebel rascals" designated as objects of revenge. Therefore, he "made no reply and left him. Henry Childs at the sugges- tion of citizens heretofore mentioned, McCurley discovered that the oath taken before him led him on one step further into the secrets of the order. He was to "obey all orders of the Society. It was at least creditable to a plain and unpretending countryman. The strength of the order rapidly spreading was put down by Childs at thousands, which he probably thought sufficient to guarantee any member against capture or punishment.
When asked the names of those in this section belonging to the society, Childs very properly declined to give them, fearing no doubt that McCurley would recognize the names of many with whom he would scorn to associate with as "Union men. That "Union Men" were thus approached who emphatically de- clined [to join] cannot be denied; but it seems that when once in, they accorded their active assistance and full fellowship with the "Order" in the vilest and darkest transactions.
But [the joiner] had still another step to take— "to protect and defend each other to the death. Secondly, if the great Houston should stand at the head of a general movement to resist the organized state and Confederate Governments, that his powerful name and universal popularity, connected with the military operations of his associate, Jim Lane, would assure the success of the scheme beyond peradventure.
The representation that this would be consummated by the Federal armies approaching from the north and by way of Galveston, and a final juncture at Austin, was not without reasonable plausi- bility, and it is well known that military operations at that time really indicated such a purpose.
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The announcement by Childs that when the Federal Army should come in, all who did not quietly submit would be killed, appears to have staggered McCurley for the second time in the progress of his work, and pleading want of time to go any further, left the Doctor to ponder over the events of the approaching rev- olution, as they should transpire; and instead of receiving the signs, grips and passwords which were offered him he hastened from his presence to join a committee of friends to relate what he had heard.
It was resolved, therefore, to select Col. Chance, 22 a man full of bone and muscle, courage and intelligence who, under the instructions of the com- mittee, made the necessary application, joined the Society and obtained in detail its inside workings. Chance, a resident of Wise County, was stationed in Gainesville as a member of Brigadier General William Hudson's command at the time the existence of the secret order was first reported to military authorities.
Some quarter of a century after the Great Hanging at Gainesville, Chance was apprehended and tried at Sherman for the murder of E. Junius Foster, editor of the Sherman Patriot, in October, Chance subsequently had become a minister in the Christian Church. He was acquitted following the surprise confession in the trial by James D. Young that it was he, not Chance, who had fired the fatal shotgun blast that ended the life of the editor. Chance visited the residence of Dr.
When he had obtained the secrets of the "Institution" and had learned a great many of the names of its members, he reported to the Committee. As the testimony of Col. Chance will appear in the proceed- ings on the trial of Dr. Henry Childs, it is not deemed neces- sary to introduce it here. His evidence strictly corroborates that given by McCurley, fully confirms the Committee in their appre- hensions of an immediate outbreak. The organization had so far attained its ends, that nothing was lacking but a fit opportunity to make known its designs only in their execution.
While this com- mittee was by day and by night earnestly engaged in the prosecu- tion of a well-planned project to defeat the Conspirators and save bloodshed, the people generally were very prudently kept from a knowledge of its operations; in fact, no one knew anything con- cerning the existence of such a committee except the very few employed to aid and further its progress. Accordingly, there being no further time to lose, the following named citizens met together to consider how to avoid the impend- ing danger— to wit: Montague County was named for him upon its creation in Montague was born on August 22, , in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
He moved to Louisiana in and was a surveyor there during the next fifteen years. He set out to aid the Texas revolutionists in their struggle against Mexico in but arrived too late to take part in the Battle of San Jacinto. Returning to Louisiana to gather his family around him, he moved to the Republic of Texas later that same year, settling first at old Warren on the Red River in present Fannin County.
Ho conducted a general merchandise store in partnership with William Henderson, then accepted the post of surveyor of the Fannin Land District that included much of present Cooke, Grayson, and other North Texas counties. He was a noted Indian fighter. Upon the outbreak of the Mexican War he helped raise a regiment of Red River volunteers and commanded a company as captain.
Daniel Montague moved westward along the Red River in the late 's, taking  Col.
Roff, William Peery, 24 J. How well they laid and executed their plan of operations, the subsequent pages of this work are designed fully to show. They resolved to meet the danger at once and to meet it boldly. They selected from the good people of the county a sufficient number of men, in the vicinity of each member of the order, to seize upon the person named at a certain hour on a certain day.
These true and good men having received their orders through the proper medium and the time fixed for their execution, the critical mo- ment had at last arrived. He also had sur- veyed much of the area that became Montague County. Montague's principal service to the Confederacy, as this narrative discloses, was as president of the "Citizens Court" that tried, condemned, and hanged the thirty- nine prisoners charged with disloyalty and treason to the State of Texas.
Montague is also shown as foreman of the grand jury which in November, , returned an indictment against Joel Francis De Lemeron on a charge of treason. The case was tried in the fall term of before the district court at Gainesville. Montague was among the ex-Confederates who refused to accept the outcome of the War Between the States and emigrated to Mexico in He lived for the next eleven years in the valley of the Tuxpan River.
He returned to Texas in to make his home with his widowed daughter, Elizabeth Montague Twitty, at Marysville, Cooke County, where he died on December 20 of that year. His return to Texas and subsequent death are significant in establishing the probable date of Diamond's final draft of his narrative, as is obvious from the text of his manuscript. He had lived for a time in Missouri before moving to Texas with his wife and three children in Peery was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Gainesville in He served as a member of the patrol at Gainesville as provided by state law in Smith, First Years in Cooke County, Being a son-in-law of one of the oldest and best citizens then residing on the western line of Grayson County, and who was himself a native of Illinois, he was informed of the contemplated arrest by those whom he had induced to regard him as a friend.
As soon as he could shun his friends, he mounted his horse and notified many of the members of their danger. So zealous was he in the execution of trust and faithful in observing his oath he forgot to be merciful to his beast; for it is well known that the poor animal was so violently urged on his mission that he died early the next day. Edmonson fled but at the close of the war came back to the country. After enjoying the friendship and hos- pitality of his old friends and neighbors for several years, [he] returned to Kansas. Some, however, who had the advantage of Edmonson's warn- ing refused to take his advice, and after the first arrest gave themselves up voluntarily, believing the "Order" strong enough to release them.
But the guards were true to their trusts and, not withstanding the drenching rain, they never faltered in the discharge of their duty. The weeping wives of the accused evinced great alarm and the deepest concern for the safety of their husbands from the beginning. They owned to entertain strange presentments that their husbands could not escape punishment while some of them seemed to be well instructed concerning the organization, and failed to appreciate the danger or properly consider the punish- ment due such transgressions. The most intense excitement now prevailed throughout the county.
There was a general motion of guards, prisoners, citizens, screaming women and children, from every section toward Gaines- ville—a rush of those who escaped to places of rendezvous to or- ganize for the rescue, while the citizens grasped their guns and organized for defense. If there was one class of participants in that rushing throng, in that Babel of excitement and domestic disorder, that was more calm and impurterbed [sic] than another, it was that composed of the prisoners. They, between sixty and seventy in number, were marched by many different roads into the town of Gainesville, lodged in a strong prison home and orders for their safe detention rigidly enforced.
But they seemed confident of the power of their friends to release them, saying there were enough members of the "Order" to rescue them upon a given signal. So implicitly did they rely upon the courage and strength of their brotherhood that they defiantly informed the guards and people that they were not at all alarmed and only went into prison as a matter of choice —to give their friends a better opportunity to release them without danger to themselves. At that time a charge was preferred against one of their number, as was afterwards ascertained who was arrested by Col.
James Bourland, Provost Marshal. After proper investigation, the ac- cused was discharged. It was observed while his trial was pending that an unusual assemblage gathered around the marshal's office, unwarranted by any ostensible object, there being no cause for public excitement at that period. It was also a mysterious and noticeable fact that nearly all who assembled on that occasion "happened to bring their guns along. And by this circumstance the fact was plainly developed that if Cottrell had been ordered to prison, the Society was then ready and able to rescue him. A dispatch had been sent to Fort Washita calling upon the Commander of that post for assistance.
And other neighboring commands [were] promptly notified of the situation of affairs in Cooke County. These commands having readily responded to the call made upon them and the citizens having organized for safety and defense, the excitement and anxiety was measurably allayed.
The following commands soon reached Gainesville, in the order in which they are named: A militia company from Grayson County, commanded by Capt. Russell; 27 one company from Col. Young's company of Major J. Randolph's battalion, Partisan Rangers, who were subsequently arrested in connection with the "Peace Party Conspiracy. He took up arms in behalf of the Confederacy after stren- uously opposing the secession of Texas and its adherence to the Confederate States of America.
In he organized the 29th Texas Cavalry, of which he became colonel. He had been born in Leicester, Massachusetts, on January 31, , and had come to Texas in the summer of He died at Clarksville in Ernest Wallace, Charles DeMorse: Pioneer Editor and Statesman Lubbock, Patton; 2 ' two Companies from Fort Washita, C. The prompt and meritorious conduct of Major Randolph in the premises, is fully explained in the following dispatch to Cols.
Camp Tishomingo, October 4, , Gentlemen. I am informed that quite a number of men, belonging to this Bat- talion, are implicated by your investigation of the treasonable plot in Cooke County. If so, please give me a list of their names. All who are implicated here, are subject to your orders, and it will be my greatest pleasure to arrest them, and if necessary assist you in hanging them.
If you need any more assistance, my services, and those of every true southern man here, are at your disposal.
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Please forward at once the names of every one who should be arrested. In the meantime, the militia of Cooke County had been organ- ized under the able supervision of Brig. Hudson, and placed under the command of that gallant Col. Sentinels were placed on every road approaching the town and the troops kept constantly in line of battle.
Reliable information had been received that the members of the "Order" had organ- ized and were preparing for an immediate attack upon the town under the leadership of the Rev. Garrison, a Northern minister, whose short residence in the country had inspired his neighbors with more fear of his villainies than respect for his Christianity. On the night of October 2 , the citizens' picket encoun- tered Capt.
Garrison's force about eight miles from Gainesville, a few shots exchanged, when Capt. Garrison halted for the pur- pose of reconortering [sic]. At this juncture, one of the order de- serted from town and informed Capt. Garrison of the strength of the citizens' forces. This caused his retreat into Red River bottom, where it is thought in a short time he disbanded his 29Probably S.
Patton, who served as a captain in Bourland's Cavalry Regiment and is listed in the U. Marshall and John K. Bumpass, captains in Martin's Partisan Ranger Battalion. This com- pany numbered about eighty men. Garrison in time to effect the release of the pris- oners until the opposing strength became too formidable for any hope of success. Hence the abandonment of the attempt on the part of Garrison. Though for several days afterwards it was asserted by the prisoners and their friends that there still existed an organized, well-armed force strong enough to effect their escape and that they were sworn to do it, or die in the effort.
Pending these extraordinary proceedings an incident occurred which illustrates the great alarm felt, and the bold determination of the people to defend themselves and punish the guilty. Before any assistance had arrived the sentinels reported the approach of an armed force from the West. Twitty rode out to meet it. Gal- loping up in speaking distance, he addressed the officer in com- mand as follows, "What command, sir? Russells Com- pany," was the reply. Russell then advanced and in a firm tone said, "We are Southern men, sir, citizens of Grayson Co.
Twitty, and taking Capt. Russell by the hand thanked him for his sympathy and timely aid of himself, and company. Harper was a thirty-three-year-old carpenter born in Virginia, who settled in Cooke County after , according to the i federal census. He was condemned and hanged by order of the "Citizens Court. C34] Simultaneously with the order of arrest, a county meeting was called, which was attended by almost the entire adult male population of the county. The meeting was held on the same day the arrests were made. The follow- ing proceedings were recorded to wit— On motion, Col.
Young 33 was called to the chair, and J. Peery appointed secre- tary. Young being requested to state the object of the meet- ing, arose and addressed the audience as follows: The information having been received by the people of Cooke County that a vile and secret organization existed in their midst, having for its objects the overthrow of the government both State and Confederate, the seizure and destruction of property, both public and private; the perfecting of an alliance with the invad- ing armies, both civilized and uncivilized now gathering upon our borders, and the indiscriminate slaughter of ourselves, our wives and children, it becomes our duty to adopt some plan to stay these impend- ing evils, and marshal our strength in self defense.
He came to Texas during the days of the republic, settling first near Pecan Point in present Red River County in Young was a member of General E. Tarrant's expedition that routed the last Indian settlement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in He was a delegate to the convention at Austin in which accepted the terms of the annexation of Texas to the United States. During the Mexican War he raised and commanded a regiment of 1, Red River volunteers. In , Young moved to Grayson County, where he practiced law and occupied land formerly embraced in Shawneetown adjoining the present city of Denison.
He served a term as United States Marshal. Upon the secession of Texas, Young was called by President Jefferson Davis to Montgomery, Alabama, first capital of the Confederacy, for consultations. On return to Texas he organized, in May, , what was to become the 11th Texas Cavalry, composed of companies from Grayson, Cooke, Collin, Denton, and seven other north and northeast Texas counties.
Young was home in Cooke County on leave from his regiment because of poor health in the fall of and participated in moves to apprehend and punish members of the "Peace Party Conspiracy. Young County subsequently was named in his honor. The result is, quite a number of those who cherished the wicked designs to accomplish our utter ruin have been arrested and confined in prison. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and I thank God that through the patriotic zeal, extreme caution and vigilance of the citizens of Cooke County, this infamous plot was discovered in time to save the country from the ruthless hand of the domestic traitor, robber and murder[er].
I under- stand the object of this meeting to be to advance by proper and legiti- mate means the work already begun. I am quite confident that you will all agree with me when I say that something must be done to check these conspirators in their villainous schemes and arrest the further progress of their wicked machinations. This is due to ourselves, to God and humanity. As for me, while my whole heart is honestly earnestly enlisted for the defense of my common country, I regard it as my first duty to stand by my family fireside and not abandon my wife and children to the lawlessness and violence of my designing neighbors; and I am well assured from the number of good men of the County of Cooke as- sembled here today that the people are of the same mind.
We have met to act. There is a duty for every one to perform. Something must be done; and trusting confidently to your wisdom and virtue, and having a common interest with mine, I ask you in the name of hu- manity what shall be done? On motion, it was unanimously resolved that a committee of five good and true men, citizens of Cooke County, be appointed by the chairman, whose duty it should be to select twelve good true and lawful men citizens of the county to act as jurors, empow- ered to investigate, examine and decide upon all cases that should be brought before them.
Whereupon the chair appointed on said committee William Peery, Jas. Piper, 35 Aaron Hill 36 and J. Davenport was born in Kentucky in and took up land for farming in Cooke County in the 's. He served as a member of the town patrol at Gainesville in He moved to Texas after , taking up land for farming in Cooke County.
He moved to Texas with his family in , receiving a patent in for acres in Cooke County. He is listed in the Census, Grayson County, Texas, family no. Stone was born in Virginia in He was a practicing physician in Gainesville at the time of the Great Hanging in Hamill was one of the two ministers named to serve on the "Citizens Court. He settled in Cooke County after , taking up land to farm. He was named a member of the first grand jury empanelled in Cooke County Simpson was born in Tennessee in He moved to Texas after , taking up land in Cooke County to farm.
He was a member of the commissioners court of Cooke County in After residing in Missouri for a number of years, he moved with his family to Hopkins County, Texas, in