SAMUEL WASHBURN

Elizabeth Wynn

DRT #22146

Samuel S. Washburn was granted 1,280 acres of land when he came to Texas. In the fall of 1838, Samuel left home to get a log chain at a blacksmith shop. When he did not return home, a posse was formed, and when found, Samuel had been robbed, shot and scalped. He was buried on the spot in an unmarked grave.

The widow and her nine youngest children returned to Benton County, Arkansas. His older sons, James and William, remained at the homestead in Grayson county, Texas. The widow, Mary Elizabeth, did return to Texas and is listed on the Census of 20 December 1850 in Grayson County, Texas. She died about 1857 and is buried in the Washburn Cemetery west of Bells, Texas on Pink Hill in Grayson County, Texas.

Martin W. Gentry married Susannah Washburn in 1842 in Benton County, Arkansas in 1842. Martin was a farmer and a Baptist Minister. He became known as "Parson" Gentry. In 1855-56 they sold their land in Benton County, Arkansas and moved to the Samuel Washburn land grant. After the death of her mother Mary, she inherited her share of this land.

Martin and Susannah had twelve children. Two of their oldest sons, William and John, served in the Civil War. When they returned home, they found that their mother had died.

Martin helped organize ten Baptist churches in Grayson, Fannin and Collin Counties. IN 1890, he was traveling on horseback to one of those churches when the Indians killed him. They sent an apology to the family as they thought that he was someone else.

Samuel Cain Gentry was given his name in honor of his grandfathers, Samuel W. Washburn and Cain Gentry. He married Malindy Elizabeth Simms on 12 December 1880. In 1899, at the age of 49, Samuel C. Gentry sold his inheritance and moved his family to Jones County, TX. He settled on a 525-acre farm near the Truby community. He owned and operated the Truby Cotton Gin for twenty years. They had thirteen children. Eight sons and two daughters lived to adulthood. All but two continued to live in Jones County, Texas.

In 1901 Samuel Gentry was elected Commissioner of Precinct 4, Jones County. While in this office, the County Courthouse was erected in Anson, and his name appears on the cornerstone. In 1926, Samuel Gentry was buried in the Truby Cemetery. In 1930 his wife Malindy was buried by his side.

Gabriel Washburn was born on the original Samuel Washburn land that his father had inherited. He was a veteran of WWI. Gabe farmed and operated a cotton fin in the Truby Community until 1943. They moved into the town of Anson where he lived when he died 26 December 1968.

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