|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
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