Joshua Fisher was not among the
earliest settlers in Matagorda County. His name does not
appear in the 1860 census of Matagorda County, but he
married there on May 30, 1861, to Amanda Dinsmore
Baxter, who was from a pioneer family.
They were married at the home of her
father, William Baxter, Sr., by Joseph Yeamans, a
minister of the Gospel, and kinsman of the bride. Their
marriage record is listed in Volume A., page 88,
Marriage Records of Matagorda County. The Baxter family
came to Matagorda County from New York State in 1829 as
part of the group that traveled with Elias Wightman.
According to his application for a
Civil War Pension, Joshua Fisher was born in Lincoln
County, Missouri, in 1834. He was the son of Benjamin
Fisher and Luiza Jones Fisher of St. Charles County,
who, according to that county's records were married on
August 31, 1828. Benjamin Fisher's father was also named
Joshua, but his mother's name was unknown. The Joshua
Fisher of St. Genevieve and later Charles County,
Missouri, grandfather of the Joshua who came to Texas,
was married secondly to a Mrs. Martha Donovan on
November 11, 1811. He died in 1823 leaving his widow,
Martha, and several children surviving him, including
Benjamin. No further records were found concerning
Benjamin Fisher. Family tradition states that the Elder
Joshua came to Missouri with Daniel Boone. According to
family history, Luiza died leaving Joshua and several
other children, and Benjamin married second Elizabeth
Isele (Ezell) on August 23, 1835, when Joshua was about
one year old. In 1850 Benjamin Elizabeth Fisher were in
Pike County, Illinois, located just up the Mississippi
River from St. Charles County with 14-year-old Joshua in
the family group.
Joshua and Amanda Dinsmore Baxter
Fisher were the parents of eight children:
Joshua Sydney was born on April 5, 1862, and married
Ulysses Simpson Grant was born on June 28, 1866, and
married first Laura Lorena Eidlebach, and second Mary
Ann "Mollie" Smith
James Henry was born on July 21, 1872, and married
Mary Ada was born on November 21, 1875, and married
first Mr. Brawley and second J. B. Delk
Demis Ester Everline (or Elizabeth) was born on March
31, 1877, and married R. E. Mangum
Lillie was born on July 13, 1879, and married first Mr.
Lee and second G. B. Adams
Daisy Jane was born on February 22, 1885 and married
Benjamin, probably the second child, died in infancy
Joshua was a rancher and farmer. He
died on June 30, 1905, and was buried in Cedarvale
Cemetery, Bay City. Amanda Dinsmore Baxter Fisher was
born on November 12, 1843, and died on July 24, 1924.
She was buried beside her husband, Joshua.
Ulysses Simpson Grant "Grant" Fisher
had seven children by his first wife Laura, who was the
daughter of Henry and Maria Louisa Franz Eidlebach.
Laura Fisher died on January 28, 1928, and was survived
by her husband and six of her children, the seventh
having died in infancy in 1903. The seven surviving
Katie Mae, born on November 29, 1894, and married Thomas
Baker Morehead. They where the parents of Villa Mae
Willie Henry was born on May 27, 1897, and his wife was
Revia Everline was born on July 25, 1899 and married
first Fred Smith of Bay City and second H. J. Fritsche
Wilburn Louis was born on October 15, 1901 and married
Mamie Louise was born on October 13, 1904, and married
Middleton Dunn Morehead.
Lillie Lee was born on December 24, 1906, and married
first Harrison Alexander Morehead of Bay City and second
O. B. Tarver of Angleton.
Ulysses Simpson Grant Fisher had
several children by his second marriage to Mary Ann
Smith, who was the daughter of David Erasmus Smith and
his second wife, Sarah Sneed, widow of Asa D. Yeamans.
Those children were Vestal, Marvin, Raymond, Boyd,
Vivian, Margaret Jane and Vennie.
Historic Matagorda County,
Volume II, pages 157-158