Samuel William Fisher was born on
May 29, 1819, in Missouri, son of
Samuel Rhoads and
Ann Pleasants Fisher. Employed as a merchant in
Matagorda County, he married Eliza Ophelia Smith, August
16, 1848, at Matagorda. She was born June 17, 1823.
Samuel W. Fisher received one-third of a league of land
on April 14, 1838, declaring he came to Texas before the
signing of the Declaration of Independence. Eliza died
April 30, 1877, and Samuel on September 15, 1874; both
are buried in the Matagorda Cemetery.
in 1854 he was made a trustee for the
first public school and was a member of Christ Episcopal
Church in Matagorda. He was made administrator of the
will of his brother, Israel P. Fisher, who died May 6,
1848. Samuel's will was probated in Matagorda, October
13, 1874, leaving his estate to his wife, Eliza.
Christ Church records, Matagorda,
show the following children:
1. Samuel Rhoads Fisher, born
December 12, 1849
2. Frederick Kenner Fisher, born
May 22, 1852, married July 12, 1877, to Lucy Adelaide
Selkirk. He became a doctor and practiced in Matagorda,
Indianola and Galveston
3. Coleman Fisher, born December
21, 1853, died June 18, 1855, and is buried in the
4. Walter Pemberton Fisher, born
June 15, 1856. He died in the 1900 storm in Galveston as
he tried to reach his family.
5. Nettie P. Fisher, born 1858
6. William Comstock Fisher, born
January 18, 1860, married Alice Porter. He became a
doctor. Their children were W. C. Fisher, Jr.; Sidney L.
Fisher, who died in France in World War I; Captain Royden Kenner Fisher; a daughter, who married W. C.
Cromby of El Paso, Texas; Lynette, who married C. C.
Forshey of Houston
7. Henry Mansfield Fisher was born
April April 7, 1862, and died of yellow fever October
8. Charles, born in 1867.
Historic Matagorda County,
Volume I, pages 66-67 IV.
Dr. William Comstock Fisher - photo
courtesy of Dallam Masterson