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William P. Baxter & Esther Wightman Yeamans Baxter


William P. Baxter and Esther Wightman Yeamans Baxter



William P. Baxter, farmer and stockman, was born on February 19, 1809, in Manchester, England, and died on October 20, 1895. He is buried in the Matagorda Cemetery. In 1832 he married Esther Wightman Yeamans, daughter of Asa Yeamans and Jerusha Wightman Yeamans. Esther was born June 22, 1813, in New York state and died December 7, 1901, and is also buried in the Matagorda Cemetery. She had six brothers: Joseph, Erastus, Elias, Daniel, Caleb and Horace, and one sister, Mary.

Baxter received land grant #103 for one-third league of land granted on June 7, 1838. In 1931 he had received several lots in Matagorda. Baxter sold a league of land situated at the mouth of Caney Creek to John Duncan on January 20, 1837. William fought in the Texas Revolution and received his discharge from the army.

Henry Baxter, a brother of William P., died December 31, 1853, and William was made an administrator of that estate. William had one sister, Elizabeth, who married James Hughson on September 8, 1846. William and Esther had twelve children:

1. Caroline S., born 1834, married on April 10, 1852, to Levi Miller.
2. William A., born on November 25, 1835, married first Josephine Bruce on July 4, 1861 (Josephine died of yellow fever in 1826), and married second, Anna E. Williams, March 16, 1868. William died August 20, 1889.
3. Demis Mariah, born April 3, 1838, married Johann Conrad Wilhelm Franz May 16, 1856 and died April 15, 1921.
4. Elias, born 1839
3. Amanda D., born in 1840, married Joshua Fisher on May 5, 1861.
4. Robert J., born in 1842.
5. Alice B., born in 1844.
6. Silas Dinsmore, born in 1846, married first Eliza A. McDermott on April 7, 18709, and second Susie Weatherford Hill on May 5, 1904.
7. Mary, born in 1848, married I. L. Rowland on November 11, 1867.
8. Paul, born in 1852.
9. Henry, born in 1854.
10. David Ross, born in 1856, married Carrie J. Spoor on March 30, 1881.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, p 49


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Mar. 11, 2013
Mar. 11, 2013