Galen Hodges (1812-1884) was
born in RI and while living in New Orleans, learned of Texas’
struggle for independence. He sailed to Matagorda and walked to join
the Texas army near Texana. President Sam Houston appointed him
collector of customs in Matagorda. He built and operated a hotel,
“the fashionable Colorado House,” and married Amelia Luddington
McKinstry (1808-1881) in 1845. Hodges was county treasurer
(1866-1867) and postmaster at Matagorda (1877-1884).
Cemetery Texas historical marker
Benjamin W. Wightman
(1755-Aug. 1, 1830) and Esther Randall Wightman (1758-Jun.
20, 1830) were the parents of Elias R. Wightman, who was a surveyor
for Stephen F. Austin and colonist of Matagorda. They were the first
burials in Matagorda Cemetery and their coffins were made from
lumber brought from New Orleans on the schooner, the Little Zoe.
Benjamin is the only American Revolutionary War soldier buried in
William P. Baxter
(1809-1895) was born in Manchester, England and married
Esther Wightman Yeamans Baxter (1813-1901) in 1832. William
fought in the Texas Revolution. Esther was the daughter of Asa
Yeamans and Jerusha Wightman.
Albert Wadsworth (1813-1862)
was in Texas about 1838. He married sisters Catherine
(1825-1839) and Mary Mackey (1917-1862). He was a merchant
and later a district judge. During the Civil War he obtained
supplies for soldiers from blockade runners between Matagorda and
Mexico. Yellow fever was brought to Matagorda through the blockading
and Albert, Mary and her mother, Ruth Mackey died from yellow fever
Ruth Washam Mackey (1795-1862) and her
husband, William, moved from TN to TX with their 8 children
to join Austin’s colony in 1831. Ruth’s husband and 3 of their
children died within 10 months of their arrival. Her family fled to
AL during the Runaway Scrape and settled in Matagorda upon their
return. Her daughters, Catherine and Mary, were both wives of Albert
Wadsworth. Ruth was one of many of the pioneer women of the Republic
of Texas and Matagorda County.
Joseph Yeamans, Sr. (1810-1895)
was a son of Asa and Jerusha Wightman Yeamans and married
Margaret Schmidt (1814-1897) in 1833. He served in the Battle of
Velasco and, along with 6 other men, helped hold the Fort of Velasco
port open during the Battle of San Jacinto. He was the first County
Surveyor of Matagorda County during the Republic of Texas.
Albert Clinton Horton
(1793-1865) was born in GA and married Eliza Holliday in 1829
in AL. He was on the committee that drafted the constitution of the
Republic of Texas. Read more on the Texas historical marker at his
Isaac Van Dorn
(c1795-1860) joined Stephen F. Austin’s first colony and arrived
in TX in 1822. He fought at the Battle of Velasco in 1832 with A. C.
Buckner’s company. He married Amanda Malvina Reader
(1819-1872) in 1837. He was elected the first sheriff of Matagorda
County in 1841.
Samuel Rhoads Fisher
(1794-1839) was a “distinguished officer of the
republic,” and Fisher County, TX was named in his honor. He married
Ann Pleasants Fisher (1790-1862) in 1919 in PA. Read more on
the Texas historical marker at his gravesite.
Wilmer Dallum (1818-1847) first arrived in Matagorda
in 1839 and married Ann Pleasants Fisher (1823-1906) in 1845.
He founded the weekly Matagorda newspaper, The Colorado Herald,
in July, 1846. Dallam County, TX was named for James Dallam. He died
of yellow fever in New Orleans and was buried here.
(1790-1857) was one of the first officers of the town of
Matagorda and served as treasurer. In 1830, Ingram killed John G.
Holtham in a duel. Holtham had demanded a duel with Seth’s brother,
Ira, and Seth accepted the challenge. He married Susannah Rice
in 1837 and later Mary Sarah Davis in 1846.
Ira Ingram (1788-1837)
was one of Austin’s “Old 300.” He participated in the capture of
Goliad and was mayor-
elect of Matagorda when he died. His wife, Mary Hoit, died in
New Orleans. Read more on the TX centennial marker at his
(1793-1840) married Ann Underwood (1800-1836) and
Elizabeth Ann Allen Love (1829-
Royall was a friend of Stephen F. Austin and a delegate to the
Convention of 1833. In 1836 David G. Burnet authorized him to
organize a company of 100 men to round-up ownerless cattle to feed
the TX army. Royall was a spy for Sam Houston during the time of the
Battle of San Jacinto. He reported on the movements of Santa Anna’s
Morse Collinsworth (1810-1866) was born in MS and
came to TX in 1831. He was the commander of the Texas army from
Matagorda and helped capture the town of Goliad in 1835. President
Sam Houston appointed him Collector of Customs. He married Susan
R. Kendrick (1823-after1869) in 1837.
Albert Moses Levy
(1800-1848) married, Claudinia Oliiva Gervais, daughter of
Sinclair Davis Gervais. He was chief surgeon in the Siege of Bexar
(Dec. 1835) and served on the Brutus in the Texas Navy. Read
more on the Texas historical marker at his gravesite.
David Gervais (1779-1838) was the father of Eliza
Amelia who married Joseph W. J. Niles, publisher of Matagorda’s
newspaper, the Matagorda Bulletin in 1837. Read more on the
Texas historical marker at his gravesite.
Yeamans Sr. (1772-1841) married Jerusha Wightman
Yeamans (1772-1841), the sister of Elias Wightman. Their
families were passengers on the Little Zoe and they arrived in
Matagorda on January 27, 1829. All 5 of their sons fought for Texas
Independence. Erastus and Elias Robert, were massacred at Goliad on
Good Friday, March 27, 1836. Their son Daniel survived the battle,
but suffered from the horrors of the battle for the rest of his
Horace Yeamans, Sr.
(1811-1904) moved to Matagorda with his extended family
in 1829. He participated in the Battle of Velasco with A. C.
Buckner’s Company. He was also at the Siege of Bexar in 1835 and
signed the First Declaration of Independence at LaBahia in Goliad.
Horace was clerk of the Trespalacios Baptist Church where he and his
wife, Eliza Baxter Yeamans (c1827-1859) were members. His home on FM
521 near Palacios has a historical marker and is known as the
Yeamans-Stallard home. He received the homesite for service in the
army of the Republic of Texas.