George Morse Collinsworth
 


 

Matagorda Cemetery Road     SH 60 & S Gulf Road

2842'1.66"N      9557'16.82"W


 

     
 


MAJOR GEORGE MORSE COLLINGSWORTH
 

COMMANDER OF THE TEXANS AT THE CAPTURE OF GOLIAD. OCTOBER 9, 1835 BORN IN MISSISSIPPI DIED APRIL 18, 1866 ERECTED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS 1936
 

Inscription typed by Faye Cunningham


George Morse Collinsworth
 

George Morse Collinsworth was born in Mississippi in 1810 and came to Texas in 1831. He was the son of James B. Collinsworth. As commander of the Texas army from Matagorda, he helped capture the town of Goliad on October 9, 1835, and was later commissioned a major. President Sam Houston appointed him collector of customs.

George Collinsworth married Susan R. Kendrick, September 14, 1837. Their first child, Mary Ann, died on Caney Creek of yellow fever, August 10, 1847, when she was seven years old. She was buried from Christ Church in Matagorda.

Their second child was George Morse Collinsworth, Jr., born 1842. George, Jr. served in the Caney Mounted Rifle Company under Captain Edward S. Rugeley during the Civil War. He married Emma Armstrong, October 28, 1875.

George and Susan's third child was Rebecca L. Collinsworth, born 1844. She married Virginius Beverly Turner on April 17, 1866.

George Collinsworth, Sr. was administrator of the will of his brother, David Cook Collinsworth. David died a violent death on October 12, 1834, while a second lieutenant in the army. Their heirs named were: James Brown Collinsworth, Edmuns Gillespie Collinsworth, George Morse Collinsworth, Mary Brown Collinsworth, Joseph Ferdinand Collinsworth, Loretta Gillespie Collinsworth (wife of Abel Waddile), Francissa Collinsworth (widow of Zachariah Waddile), and Margaret Ann Jackson Collinsworth, all  brothers and sisters of the deceased. Joseph F. died September 5, 1837 and George Morese Collinsworth was also his administrator.

Only George, James B., Joseph and David came to Texas. The others remained in Mississippi.

George Collinsworth, Sr. died of consumption April 18, 1866, after a short illness. In his will, he remembered his wife's uncle, Burwell Kendrick, and her brother, Benjamin Kendrick.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, pages 54-55
 

 

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Oct. 22, 2011
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