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Subject:Teresa (Williams-Turner) HIGHSMITH (abt1806-1873)m: Samuel HIGHSMITH (1804-1849)
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I am working on this WILLIAMS line. I have included info. gathered about Samuel HIGHSMITH and Teresa (aka:Turner)WILLIAMS. Eliabeth WILLIAMS and Winslow TURNER II.
Please see below.

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There were THREE Winslow Turners-
-WINSLOW TURNER I - who was married twice. His first wife was Molly Sarah Standish--second wife--Elizabeth but no known last name.

His son WINSLOW TURNER II (b:abt1786)-wife--Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Williams,(a widow with very young son and daughter which Winslow reared as his own)--emig. to the Province of Texas in 1826 from what is now Lincoln Co., MO. with their children. They had eleven children including Malkijah and Teresa Williams.

Their son WINSLOW TURNER III (b:29 Jan 1811)was an Indian fighter plus he fought in the Texas Revolution.

This is a very historic early Texas Family.

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Name: Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMS
Sex: F
Birth: ABT 1787
Death: ABT 1843 in Jackson County, Texas

Father: Alambee WILLIAMS b: 1757 in Dorchester County, Maryland
Mother: Sarah "Sally" WILLIAMS b: UNKNOWN

MARRIAGE 1 - William WILLIAMS b: UNKNOWN

Children:
1)Name: Malkijah WILLIAMS
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1803 in Tennessee
Residence: Jackson Co., Texas
Event: Fact #1 Reared by Winslow TURNER II (stepfather) as own child
Census: 1850 Jackson County: Age 46; Born W. Tennessee
Event: Marriage Record 5 DEC 1837 Recorded in Jackson County, Texas Marriage Licences: Vol. A/B, pg. 7
Married Cynthia Ann BURNS b: abt.1813 Missouri, d:Unknown in Texas daughter of Arthur BURNS and (?).

2)Name: Teresa (Turner) WILLIAMS
Given Name: Teresa
Surname: Williams
Sex: F
Birth: in Tennessee
Death: 23 Nov 1873 in Bastrop, Texas
Event: Fact #1 Stepdaughter of Winslow TURNER II; most often used surname Turner
Census: 1850 Travis County, Texas: #18, Farmer ($1, 000) Burial: Bastrop City Cemetary
Married Samuel HIGHSMITH b:1804 in Boone County, Kentucky, d:10 Jan 1849 in Texas.

MARRIAGE 2 - Winslow TURNER , Jr.
b: ABT 1786 in Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Married: BEF 1811 in Lincoln County, Missouri

Children of MARY ELIZABETH (Mrs.)WILLIAMS and WINSLOW TURNER II/Jr. are:
i. Elizabeth "Betty" TURNER died BEF AUG 1845.
ii. Miles TURNER (?).
iii. Sarah "Sally" TURNER was born 1804 in Upper Cuivre, St. Charles District, Missouri Territory.
iv. Louisa TURNER was born BEF 1811 in Upper Cuivre, St. Charles District, Missouri Territory.
v. WINSLOW TURNER III was born 29 JAN 1811 in Upper Cuivre, St. Charles District, Missouri Territory, and died 6 MAY 1880 in McDade, Bastrop County, Texas.
vi. Mary TURNER was born 21 JAN 1816 in Upper Cuivre, St. Charles District, Missouri Territory, and died 4 SEP 1853 in Victoria County or Goliad County, Texas.
vii. Edwin TURNER was born 1820 in Upper Cuivre, St. Charles District, Missouri Territory, and died 1861 in Civil War.
viii. Hiram M. TURNER was born 1822 in Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri.
ix. Stephen Robert TURNER was born 1824 in Missouri, and died 1870 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

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Name: Teresa (Turner) WILLIAMS
Given Name: Teresa
Surname: Williams
Sex: F
Birth: in Tennessee
Death: 23 Nov 1873 in Bastrop, Texas
Event: Fact #1 Stepdaughter of Winslow TURNER II; most often used surname Turner
Census: 1850 Travis County, Texas: #18, Farmer ($1, 000) Burial: Bastrop City Cemetary

Father: ? WILLIAMS
Mother: Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMS

Marriage 1 Samuel HIGHSMITH b: 1804 in Boone County, Kentucky
Married: 4 Sep 1826 in Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri 1
Children:
1)Malcijah Benjamin (Kige) HIGHSMITH b: 17 May 1827 in Old Caney, Bazoria Co., Texas
2)Sarah Jane HIGHSMITH b: 13 Nov 1830
3)Amanda Louisa HIGHSMITH b: 1832 in Gonzales, Texas
4)Henry Albert HIGHSMITH b: 11 Jan 1843 in Bastrop, Texas
5)Edwin W. HIGHSMITH b: 1845

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Name: Samuel HIGHSMITH
Given Name: Samuel
Surname: Highsmith
Sex: M
Birth: 1804 in Boone County, Kentucky
Death: 10 Jan 1849 in San Antonio,Texas
Burial: 11 Jan 1849 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
1 Event: Migrated #1 Unknown 24 Dec 1823 St. Charles District, Missouri Territory, to Texas 1
Burial: Unmarked grave in Market Plaza, San Antonio, Texas

Father: Benjamin HIGHSMITH b: in North Carolina (?)
Mother: Abigail (Mrs.) MORRIS

(Ahijah Highsmith was Samuel's older brother)


(conti) in San Antonio in favor of William B Travis, who had been left to hold the little village of Bexar, the outpost colonization, followed by the rumor that Col. Travis had barricaded himself and a small band of men in the Alamo. Sam HIGHSMITH's nephew, Ben HIGHSMITH and several other close friends and neighbors were known to be with Col;. Travis in the Alamo, and their friends and relatives were greatly distressed about them.
George W. COTTLE one of the little band of Gonzales men who went to the aid of Col. Travis was a relative and neighbor of the HIGHSMITHS and came to Texas with them. The first news of the siege of the Alamo was brought to Gonzales by Ben HIGHSMITH. He had been sent as a messenger to Col. Fannin at Goliad, and after 5 days of dodging Mexicans and Indians on his trail, he returned to Powder House Hill, overlooking the Alamo, barely escaped the Mexican cavalry and heard the cannon fire of the Alamo by the time he reached the Cibolo River, enroute to Gonzales.
Then began the frantic attempt to assemble an army at Gonzales, and preparations of the terrified citizens to flee; and when news of the fall of the alamo came, ther terror and confusion in Gonzales was beyond human tongue or pen to describe. Sam HIGHSMITH's father in law, his wife's stepfather, Winslow TURNER, Sr. (Winslow II) was dying at his home in Gonzales at the time and all the family wera at his bedside. However, and even amid death and terror, those old timers rallied to the defense of their families and country. Sam HIGHSMITH and his wife's (Teresa)half-brother, Winslow TURNER,Jr.(Winslow III) joined the little army with General Houston, leaving two boys, Edwin TURNER 16 years of age, and Stephan TURNER, his brother, 14 to get their dying father and his family into an ox-wagon and on the way, in the great "Runaway Scrape" or Stampede of 1836.
It is a well known fact, as told and published by many of those men afterwards, that there was a definate understanding the refugees were to leave Gonzales first and the army would cover their retreat, keeping between the helpless women and children, orphans, widows and old people and the AMAexican Army. It is also a well known fact that Gen Houston and his men overtook the refugees before they reached the Colorado River and gave the order to march those fathers and brothers ahead of their families, leaving them to die in floods of rain or to be murdered by Indians or Mexicans. Be it said to the honor and glory of those men who had families among the refugees, that right then and there they deserted Houton to go back and see about their families and, that is what Sam HIGHSMITH did, also his brother-in-law, Winslow TURNER,Jr(III). And so did many other men, helping the refugees and rejoining the army later. Somewhere along that terrible flight of the refugees, Winslow TURNER,Sr.(II) died in an ox-wagon in a flood of rain as did many old people and little children, and some were drowned while trying to forge or swim swollen streams.
Winslow TURNER's family stopped at Old Harrisburg to bury him, and barely escaped capture by the Mexican Army, which burned the town to the ground. Sam HIGHSMITH and his family, and the TURNER family then overtook the army and Sam and Winslow's sons Winslow, Jr. and Edwin and Stephen joined the emnt with General Houston, while the women and children were left with other refugees not far from where the battle of San Jacinto was fought. I quote from Wooten's Revised Histroy of Texas, Vol 1:"Sam HIGHSMITH was among that gallant handful of patriots and heroes who, on the historic and memorable field of San Jacinto, defeated and captured Santa Ana and therby secured the independence of Texas" .
He was also one of a little band of men, said to be about sixteen in number, who went out after the battle of San Jacinto to beat the tall grass and bushes for Santa Ana, and although history gives Capt. James Sylvester the credit for finding the old wretch, it hardly seems possible Sylvester could have done so alone.
Sam HIGHSMITH found one of Santa Ana's fine uniforms and his saddle that had been hidden or dropped not far from the battle ground. Both the uniform and the saddle were so heavily trimmed with silver that Sam had it melted and made into spoon. He also had his "tin-type" made into the uniform, just for fun and a copy of that picture appears on the cover of this issue of Frontier Times. In case some reader doubts the authenticity or rank of this uniform, I beg them to remember some of the following facts: Each periodical revloution in Mexico produced its own peculiar crop of "generals" and other officers and each crop of officers seemed to have had very original and fancy iedas about their uniforms, some officers having many different kinds. Also, the Mexicans hired officers of other nations to serve as leaders in their armies, and the copied whatever foreign uniform they fancied.
My aged uncle, Thomas Winslow TURNER of Marfa,Texas has seen and played with that old Mexican uniform shown in the picture, when he was a small child visiting in Bastrop. It is supposed to have finally been given the museum that burned in the State Capitol in 1881, and the spoons were stolen form the Highsmith family.
Following the battle of San Jacinto the Highsmith family could not return to Gonzales because Gen Houston had burned the town when he marched out, so like other people who lost all in that senseless fire, they took refuge elswhere, going to old Texana to live for a short time.
His wife's (Teresa's)mother, Mrs. ELIZABETH TURNER, widow of Winslow Turner II. went to Texana also to live and three of Mrs Sam HIGHSMITH's half-sisters married Samuel P. Middleton; Sarah TURNER married Abram M. Clare; and Elizabeth known as Betty married Edward L. MILLS. Also Sam HIGHSMITH's one brother-in-law WILLIAMS married Cynthia Ann BURNS, in 1831 and they lived near Texana, Jackson county.
It was about this time that Samuel HIGHSMITH received a grant of land in Jackson county, Texas that is today the Samuel HIGHSMITH survey. He also joined his brother-in-law, Abram CLARE in a hog raising venture and the two men had several hundred hogs down on the Lavaca river, in the fall and winter of 1836; and the Volunteer Army of the Republic of Texas bing camped near, killed and ate nearly all the stock. Sam HIGHSMITH put in a claim later according to records of the Republic of Texas but there is no record showing he was ever paid. He also bought horses and mules for the Santa Fe Expedition to the amount of $6280.00, BUT THERE IS NO RECORD TO SHOW THE CLAIM WAS EVER PAID.
About 1839 to 1840, Capt HIGHSMITH moved his little family to old Bastrop and he continued in the Ranger service most of the time.
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HIGHSMITH, SAMUEL. Samuel Highsmith was born in Boone County, Kentucky in 1804. In 1812 he moved with his parents to the St. Charles District of Missouri Territory and in December 1823, to the western part of Stephen F AUSTIN's Texas colony. Indian attacks caused the family to move to a grant west of Gonzales in present Guadalupe County.
Highsmith may have participated in the battle of Gonzales; he did follow Ben MILAM in the the seige of Bexar, after which he returned to Gonzales. He joined Sam Houston's army after the fall of the Alamo, but left it temporarily to aid his family in the Runaway Scrape. He was probably in the group that captured Antonio Lopes de Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto for he had a "tintype" picture made of himself in Santa Anna's uniform.
HIGHSMITH joined his brother-in-law, Abram CLARE, in a hog raising venture in Jackson County, but the volunteer army of the Republic camped near the hog ranch on the Lavaca River in the fall and winter of 1836 and consumed most of the stock.
HIGHSMITH served with the Texas Rangers in 1840 and in 1842 was Captain of a company which participated in the defeat of Rafael Vasquez om the battle of Salado. HIGHSMITH served as sergeant-at-arms for the House of Representatives for the terms of 1843 and 1844. In 1845, he was deputized to carry "special & extra" mail from Bastrop to LaGrange. He served under John C Hays in the United States Army during the Mexican War. From 1846 to 1847 HIGHSMITH lived in Austin, commanding a Ranger company. He was stationed in San Antonio, when he captured a force to escort the commissioners who were sent out to determine a suitable wagon route from San Antonio westard to El Paso.

In 1826 HIGHSMITH returned to Missouri to marry Mrs. THERESA (Williams) TURNER; they were parents of three sons and two daughters. He died in San Antonio on January 11,1849 and was buried from the Presbyterian Church. His grave was not marked but was in the first Protestant burying ground in San Antonio near the present Market Plaza.

Name: Samuel HIGHSMITH
Sex: M
Title: CAPTAIN
Name: SAMUEL HIGHSMITH
Birth: 1804 in BOONE COUNTY KENTUCKY
Death: 9 JAN 1849 in SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Burial: 11 JAN 1849 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS ?

Father: Benjamin HIGHSMITH

Marriage 1 Theresa WILLIAMS
Married: 1826 in MISSOURI
Children
Henry Albert HIGHSMITH
Maleijah HIGHSMITH b: 17 MAY 1827 in BRAZORIA COUNTY TEXAS
Sarah Jane HIGHSMITH b: 1830 in BASTROP COUNTY TEXAS
Amanda Louisa HIGHSMITH b: 1832 in BASTROP COUNTY TEXAS
Edwin HIGHSMITH b: 1845 in BASTROP OR AUSTIN


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VOLUMN 17 NO 7 APRIL 1940
PICTURE OF SAMUEL HIGHSMITH IN SANTA ANNA'S UNIFORM.
page 809 and was from the Bibliography:Maude Wallis Traylor "Captain Samuel Highsmith, Ranger", FRONTIER TIMES XVII APRIL 1940.
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THIS IS MY DIRECT LINE:
Grandparents:
Jack WILLIAMS and Lora Belle MARQUESS
Gr-grandparents:
Thomas H. WILLIAMS and Carrie CAVENDER
Gr-gr-grandparents:
Thomas R. WILLIAMS and Mary Antoinette BECKHAM
Gr-gr-gr-grandparents:
Malkijah WILLIAMS and Cynthia Ann BURNS
Gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents:
Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMS and (?)WILLIAMS (Two Williams lines)
Gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandparents:
Alembe WILLIAMS and (?)


My grgrgrgrandfather Malkijah (Lige)WILLIAMS is the brother of Teresa WILLIAMS Highsmith. When their mother Elizabeth was widowed, the two were raised in the home of her second husband Winslow TURNER II and their half-siblings.

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MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS TURNER'S FAMILY

Name: Alembe WILLIAMS
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1756 in Dorchester, MD
Death: AFT 13 MAY 1835 in Lincoln County, Missouri
Event: Migrated 1831 Missouri to Texas
Military Service: War of 1812: served under Capt. Daniel M. Boone and Capt. Callaway
Military Service: Revolutionary War: served under Capt. Michael Randolph, Col. Henry Lee, discharge from Gen. Nathaniel Green
Military Service: 10 JUN 1781 Revolutionary War: enlisted in Capt. Moore's company of the First North Carolina Infantry commanded by Major Armstrong
Event: Appointed Judge of election of Bedford Township [Troy] Missouri


Allumbee WILLIAMS was a Revolutionary soldier. He lived on the Troy and Millwood(12 miles NW of Troy) Road, on the farm now belonging to William Fasse-...the old James Trail place. His cabin stood across the road northeast from the old Trail house, almost under the hill and near the spring. He was a member of the first grand jury of Lincoln County, Missouri

Source: History of Lincoln Co. Mo, by Joseph Q. Mudd pub 1878


Name: Alembe WILLIAMS
Given Name: Alembe
Surname: Williams
Sex: M
Death: Aft. 13 May 1835 in Lincoln County, Missouri 1
Event: Appointed Unknown Judge of election of Bedford Township [Troy] Missouri 1
Event: Migrated #1 Unknown 1831 Missouri to Texas 1
Event: Military Service War of 1812: served under Capt. Daniel M. Boone and Capt. Callaway 1
Event: Military Service Revolutionary War: served under Capt. Michael Randolph, Col. Henry Lee, discharge from Gen. Nathaniel Green 1
Event: Military Service 10 Jun 1781 Revolutionary War: enlisted in Capt. Moore's company of the First North Carolina Infantry commanded by Major Armstrong 1



1. Alambee WILLIAMS was born 1757 in Dorchester County, and died ABT 1835 in Lincoln County, Missouri. He married Sarah "Sally" (?) WILLIAMS. She was born UNKNOWN, and died UNKNOWN.

Children of Alambee WILLIAMS and Sarah "Sally" (?) WILLIAMS are:
2 i. Joshua WILLIAMS was born ABT 1781 in Possibly North Carolina, and died 18 JAN 1880.
+ 3 ii. Job WILLIAMS was born ABT 1783 in North Carolina, and died 14 APR 1853 in Texas.
+ 4 iii. Mary Ann WILLIAMS was born ABT 1785 in Rockingham County, North Carolina, and died 29 JUN 1840 in Beaumont, Texas.
+ 5 iv. Elizabeth WILLIAMS was born ABT 1787, and died ABT 1843 in Jackson County, Texas.
+ 6 v. Leven WILLIAMS was born ABT 1789 in Maryland, and died 2 JAN 1822 in Missouri.
7 vi. John P. WILLIAMS was born ABT 1790, and died UNKNOWN. He married Mary (Polly) TURNER. She was born UNKNOWN, and died UNKNOWN.
8 vii. Allambee WILLIAMS , Jr. was born 31 MAY 1791, and died 11 AUG 1858 in Brenham, Washington County,Texas. He married Sarah CLARK, daughter of Christopher CLARK and Elizabeth ADAMS. She was born BEF 1799, and died UNKNOWN.
9 viii. Sarah WILLIAMS was born ABT 1793, and died UNKNOWN. She married John SEYMOUR. He was born UNKNOWN, and died UNKNOWN.
10 ix. Levi A. WILLIAMS was born ABT 1795, and died UNKNOWN. He married Elizabeth FINLEY. She was born UNKNOWN, and died UNKNOWN.
11 x. James W. WILLIAMS was born ABT 1797, and died UNKNOWN. He married Annie BROWN 4 MAY 1825 in Sumner County, Tennessee. She was born UNKNOWN, and died UNKNOWN.


Sources:
Title: A Genealogical Study of Allumbee Williams and Siblings 1757-1985-compiled by Joe G. Potter

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Spelling variations and possible middle-names??:

Alembe, Alumbe, Alambe, Alembee, Alumbee, Alambee, Allumbee, Alum, Allam, Allenbee, Allenby, Allen B.
Malkijah, Macijah, Michijah, Makijah, Lige, Kige,