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Dr. Robert Holmes Chinn



Dr. Robert Holmes Chinn

Robert Holmes Chinn was graduated from medical school in Louisiana in 1845. He came to Texas and settled in the eastern part of Matagorda County. In 1856 he married Mrs. Ann Taliferro Thompson, a widow with three daughters. Dr. and Mrs. Chinn had one child of their own, Richard Taliferro Chinn. Richard was born on Caney in 1857 and died in 1929. He never married.

The name of Dr. R. H. Chinn appears on the Matagorda County Muster Roll of the Caney Mounted Rifles, a military company organized during the Civil War. The company belonged to the cavalry arm of the service. Dr. Chinn is listed as a private, together with three other doctors—Dr. J. R. Thompson, Dr. H. L. Rugeley and Dr. Thomas Thompson.

Dr. and Mrs. Chinn were both buried in the family cemetery on Old Caney. Their home has long been gone and there are no markers on the graves. The medical diploma of Dr. Robert Holmes Chinn is on display at the Matagorda County Museum.

Richard T. "Dick" Chinn
Son of Dr. Robert Holmes Chinn & Ann Taliferro Thompson Chinn

27 Jun 1857 - 1929
Baptized at Christ Church, Matagorda
28 Sep 1861


Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery,
Bay City, Texas

The State of Texas
County of Brazoria

Know all men by these presents that I, Robert H. Chinn of the County of Matagorda, State of Texas being of sound mind and disposing memory but aware of the uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

And first I desire my executrix who is hereinafter named to pay all my just debts as soon after my decrease as she can without sacrifice to my property.

Second. I will and bequeath all my stock of cattle now under the care of William Rowe to my wife Ann Talliferro Chinn and it is my desire that she shall invest the proceeds of the sale of the beef cattle in female cattle so long as she thinks it will be profitable and where she thinks it will no longer be profitable, she may then keep the said cattle together or dispose of them as she may think best and use the proceeds of said sale as she may please.

Third. If at the time of the death of my said wife my Estate shall exceed in value the sum of twenty eight thousand dollars then I will and bequeath to each of my wife’s daughters, viz Louisiana Mary Thompson, Martha Talliferro Thompson and Elberta Asa Thompson the sum of one thousand dollars.

Fourth. I will and bequeath to my said wife Ann T. Chinn during her natural life all of my property of every kind and description, whether real or personal or mixed, to be held and managed by her during natural life and the proceeds and profits of the same to be applied for her support and the support of my child or of any children I may hereafter have, and at her death I will and bequeath all of my property except the legacies herein before mentioned to my son Richard T. Chinn, or if I should have more than one child at my death, I wish them, at the death of my wife, to inherit my estate jointly, and equally.

Fifth. Reposing special confidence and trust in my said Ann T. Chinn, I hereby appoint her the sole executrix of this my last Will and testament and the Guardian of my said child R. T. Chinn and of such other children as we may have and I desire that no bond shall be required of her in the management of my estate, and that no further action be had in the Probate Court in regard to my Estate further than the probate and registration of this my will and a return of an Inventory of my Estate.

In witness whereof I hereto sign my name this the ___ Day of ____ A. D. 1861.

R. H. Chinn

Signed & delivered in the presence of us who signed the same as witnesses at the request of the testator and in his presence and in presence of each other.
James H. Selkirk
D. E. E. Braman

[There was no date on the original will except the year.]

Proof of the Last Will of Dr. R. H. Chinn Decd.  27th day of April A. D. 1868


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