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Yeamans Families of Matagorda, Texas

Asa Yeamans, Sr.     Joseph Yeamans, Sr.     Phillip Yeamans, Sr.     Horace Yeamans, Sr.

By Phyllis Yeamans Culver     Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 573-574

Asa Yeamans, Sr.

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, Horace, Joseph and 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.


To Mr. S F Austin Empresario

              I have emigrated to this colony as one of the colonists
you are authorized by the govt to introduce and I request to be ad=
mitted under your Contracts with govt. I agree to the terms pub=
lished by you 20 Nov 1829 and am ready to take the oath
prescribed by Law.

Asa Yeamans 57 years married
Jerusha my wife 52.
Three male
and one female children

                          moved from New YOrk and arrived in this
                              colony in 1829 - Jany -

                                   Town of Austin 15 May 1830.

                                       Asa Yeamans

Courtesy of Linn Ready

Joseph Yeamans, Sr.

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:
  1. Benjamin
  2. Erastus
  3. Emily, who married H. P. Gove
  4. Esther, who married Abner Reeves
  5. Joseph, Jr.
  6. Phillip, Sr.
  7. Elias
  8. John
  9. Mary, who died at age twelve in the yellow fever epidemic
10. Caroline, who married Jimmy Williams
11. Asa “Acey”
12. Horace
13. Floyd

Joseph, Sr. died on February 19, 1895, and Margaret died on June 10, 1897. They were buried in the Matagorda Cemetery.

Phillip Yeamans, Sr.

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 nine children:

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 Matagorda Cemetery.

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.

Yeamans Family Bible Records
Courtesy of Raymond Ready

Horace Moore Yeamans, Jr. and Eliza Marie LaBauve Yeamans

Olive G. Yeamans