Captain Benjamin A. Vansickle received a Certificate of Entrance into Nacogdoches, Texas on January 12, 1835. Records indicate he was living there earlier with his widowed mother and family. He most likely was born April 6, 1818 in Arkansas. During the Texas Revolution he served in a ranger company. He received his captain's rank in the Douglass Brigade, which was involved in settling Indian uprisings. In 1853 he received 320 acres of land for his service to the Republic of Texas.
He married Orlenia Earp, daughter of James and Mary Sanders Earp, on January 30, 1838 in Nacogdoches. She was born on June 12, 1819 in Alabama. Ada, their youngest of 11 children, married William M. Sampson in 1881.
In his early years he was a surveyor and published a newspaper. Later he practiced law in Sulpher Springs. In 1862, the family moved to Hunt county where he became postmaster in a small community, later called Van Sickle.
He was a descendant of Zacharias Sickles who came to New Netherlands in 1647. His father, Ephriam born c.1790, came west to Arkansas. His wife was Maria Elena (Leah).
Benjamin and Orlenia lived in Van Sickle until their deaths in 1904 and 1908, respectively. According to his obituary, he was "plesant, affable, fond of joke. He could recount innumerable and thrilling incidents of pioneer days in Texas."
The Vansickles who came to Texas spelled Vansickle as one word. The Van Sickle community is now spelled as two words.
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Source:DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS Patriot Ancestor Album