On January 27, 1829, Asa Yeamans, his wife, Jerusha Wightman
Yeamans, and their children arrived in Matagorda. They were one of
the families listed as passengers aboard the Little Zoe. These
families were members of Elias R. Wightman’s colony. Elias R.
Wightman had been granted land by Stephen F. Austin to build a town
at the mouth of the Colorado River. Also with them on this adventure
were Benjamin and Esther Wightman, parents of Jerusha Wightman
Yeamans and Elias R. Wightman. Asa’s parents, Daniel and Esther
Sterling Yeamans remained in New York. Caleb S. Yeamans, Asa’s son
by a first marriage, also remained there. Asa and Jerusha’s children
were: Elias, Erastus, Daniel,
Esther. The sons all
served in the Texas Revolution. Elias, Erastus and Daniel were at
the Battle of Goliad. Elias and Erastus were killed at that battle,
and their names are listed on the monument there. Daniel survived,
but lost his mind from the horrors seen there. Horace and Joseph
served at the Battle of Velasco. Horace married Eliza Baxter in
1844, and settled in the Tres Palacios area. Esther married William
Baxter, Sr. and lived in Matagorda.
Joseph Yeamans, Sr. married Margaret Schmidt of Oldenberg, Germany,
in 1833. As a soldier, Joseph served at the Battle of Velasco in
Captain Thomas Stewart’s Company, which was organized at Matagorda,
Texas, in February, 1836. Along with his uncle Elias Wightman and
five other men, they helped hold the port open at the Fort of
Velasco while the Battle of San Jacinto was raging. Joseph served as
a member of the original list of jurors drawn for the April term for
1837 at the District Court. He was also the first County Surveyor of
Matagorda County under the Republic of Texas. Joseph, Sr. and
Margaret had thirteen children:
3. Emily, who married H. P. Gove
4. Esther, who married Abner Reeves
5. Joseph, Jr.
6. Phillip, Sr.
9. Mary, who died at age twelve in the yellow fever epidemic
10. Caroline, who married Jimmy Williams
11. Asa “Acey”
Joseph, Sr. died on February 19, 1895, and
Margaret died on June 10, 1897. They were buried in the Matagorda
Phillip Yeamans, Sr., son of Joseph, Sr. and Margaret, was born on
July 21, 1845, in Matagorda. On September 23, 1879 he married Mary
Watkins, who was born in 1850. They were the parents of two
children, Phillip, Jr. and Pearl, who married Jesse Landrum.
Phillip, Sr. engaged in the cattle drives to Kansas, and one of his
duties was to ready the horses for the drive. He served on a gunboat
in Matagorda Bay, during the Civil War. Mary died in 1886, and is
buried in the Matagorda Cemetery. After her death Phillip, Sr.,
married Pauline Bunk on November 23, 1887. Pauline was born in
Poland on June 19 1869. Phillip, Sr. and Pauline and Pauline had
1. Amanda, who married George Raymond, and in 1984, at the age of
ninety three resided in Bay City.
2. Annie, who married Edgar Dunbar, and in 1984, at the age of
ninety-one resided in Bay City.
3. Joseph, who was killed in
action in World War I.
4. Dewey, who married Christine Bullock.
5. Asa Horace, who married Bernice A. Yeamans.
6. Mollie Belle, who married Ray Miller and resided in Wharton.
7. Tessie, who married first Gil Mangum and second married Ben
Duderstadt, and resided in Bay City.
8. John Robert, who married Hazel Bruce.
9. Margaret, who married U. T. Picket, and resided in Bay City.
Phillip, Sr., died on September 25, 1931, and
Pauline died on January 3, 1936, and both are buried in the
A descendant of Mary Watkins and Phillip Yeamans, Sr., Henry Manley
Mangum, son of Pearl Yeamans Landrum, resided in Matagorda in 1984.
Also a number of descendants of Phillip Yeamans, Sr., and his
second wife, Pauline Bunk: Joe Faye Deshotels and Alyne Cox,
daughters of Amanda Yeamans Raymond, and their sons George and
Douglas Deshotels and Raymond Cox; James R., Jr., Joe, and Jeanine
Yeamans Baxter, children of James R. Yeamans; and descendants of
Phillip Yeamans, Jr.