Levi Hibbard was born on 22 Apr 1829 at Bennington, Genesee (now
Wyoming) Co., NY, the son of Elmer Darbe & Lydia (Lyman) Hibbard. The family
arrived at mouth of the Brazos River, Brazoria Co., TX in February 1837. He
married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Broadwater on 13 May 1860 at Harris Co., TX. He
served in the Civil War as a Private in Company A, Bates Battalion, Brown's
Regt, 35 TX Cavalry. He was present on the roll dated October 10, 1861. He
had enlisted on October 5 at Columbia, TX, for the period of the war; was 22
years of age, his horse valued at $80 and equipment at $15. He was present
on February 28, 1862; at that time he was "never paid". He was present on
the company muster roll for May & June, 1862; March & April "not stated"
whether present or absent; July and August he was present; November &
December 1862 he was absent with leave on November 25 to Fort Bend County.
He was last paid to September 1, 1862 per this muster roll; no other rolls
available for 1862. In 1863, he was present January through April. No
other rolls available for 1863. In 1864, he was present January & February,
with leave in May. No other rolls for 1864 are found in 1861. He was a
farmer in 1870, living in Ft. Bend Co., TX.
He married Sarah M. Cunningham on 29 Mar 1890 at Grimes Co., TX. He
applied for his military pension for service (File #06453): Levi states he
is age 70, resides in Grimes Co., TX and has resided in Grimes Co. for 10
years, PO Navasota, his occupation is farmer; physical condition is bad and
is unable to earn a support by his own labor, his disability is old age,
that he enlisted in the Confederate army in Co. A, Bates Batallion on 10th
of April, 1861 and served till the close of the war. His brother, Loran
Hibbard, age 72, residing in Stafford, Ft. Bend Co., TX, states that he has
known Levi Hibbard since a baby in New York, that he is now living in
Navasota, that he knew him to be a soldier in Co. A, Brown's Regt. and
served till the end of the war. /s/ Loron H. Hibbard Levi states he has
no real estate and personal property of about $10 value on 30 Sep 1899 at
Grimes Co., TX. He is named executor and an heir in the will of Lodema
Hibbard (his sister) dated 13 Jan 1901 at Grimes Co., TX. He and Sarah M.
Cunningham (60127) sold to Frank J. Ernst for the sum of $300....a certain
tract acquired by Levi Hibbard...by the Last Will and Testament of Mrs.
Lodema Riley, which probate has been duly probated in the county court of
Grimes County, TX, and is of record in Book Y/175 of the Probate Minutes of
said Grimes County...which will...Mrs. Lodema Riley bequeathed all her
property of whatsoever nature, kind or character to the said Levi
Hibbard.....[now sells] one lot in the town of Stafford, Ft. Bend Co., TX,
containing 6.25 acres in F. P. Hoffman Survey, Abstract #200...Levi (x)
Hibbard, /s/ Sarah J. Hibbard on 31 Dec 1902 at Ft. Bend Co., TX. On 4 Aug
1903 at Leon Co., TX, Loren Hibbard appoints T. D. Hennessy of Madison Co.,
TX to search, discover, take possession & sue ... for 1/3 league of land
originally granted to Lucius Hibbard, about 5 miles west of the Trinity
River and 12 miles north of the San Antonio Road, being granted by
Certificate 359 on February 16, 1838 ... In consideration of the services
already rendered and to be rendered... the said Hennessy to receive an equal
undivided 1/2 interest in and to all lands I may own in said Leon County...
/s/ L. Hibberd, Ft. Bend County, TX Levi Hibbard, of Grimes Co., TX, joins
Loren in this appointment.
Affidavit dated June 20, 1906, Leon Co., TX Filed August 16, 1906, Vol.
20/395: To The Public. We, the surviving brothers of Lucius and Lovel E.
Hibbard, who volunteered under Sam Houston at Cincinnati, Ohio, and came
with him to fight for the freedom of Texas, and who were Houstons' Musicians
during the Mexican War, and who played the Generals Favorite March that won
the Battle of San Jacinto. We followed them to Texas and settled in old
Brazoria, where they both came homesick and died soon after. We know they
died between the years of 1838 and 1842. It has been claimed that Lucius
Hibbard had sold 1/3 of a league of land to a Mr. Bennett, who was his
friend, but Mr. Bennett had gone to the Land Commissioner and got a patent
for the 1/3 of a league of land that was set apart for Lucius Hibbard in the
year 1838, was known to be in Robertson County, known now to be the land in
Leon County, and our brother did not sell or convey his land to any one, and
after his death, Mr. Bennett got the patent in 1845, and the patent was
gotten in Lucius Hibbard's name, he having died a long time before the
issuing of this patent, and we, the surviving brothers of Lucius and Lovel
E. Hibbard, have sold to T. D. Hennessy our right title and claim to 1/3 of
a league of land in Leon County and 640 acres in Leon and Madison Counties,
and this 640 acres, lying on Cobbs Creek, was the part that was set aside
for Lovel E. Hibbard in 1849. So we will defend the said T. D. Hennessy in
any and all claims that may come up against him. Witness our hands this the
20th day of June AD 1906. L. Hibbard, Levi Hibbard, by his mark, X. Sworn
and subscribed before me, a Notary Public, in and for Ft. Bend Co. TX, T T
Dew, Notary Public, June 20th 1906.
Levi Hibbard died on 15 Oct 1910 at Grimes Co., TX, at age 81. He was
buried at Camp Cemetery, near, Anderson, Grimes Co., TX.
Submitted by Rhonda (Hibbard) Carter