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William M.T. Tubbs ( bn 1827; TN>AR>TX) Biography
Posted by: J A Powell (ID *****6992) Date: November 02, 2007 at 05:43:51
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I AM NOT RELATED TO THE TUBBS FAMILY, but while I was searching for the unidentified children from the first marriage of my g-great grandfather, Benjamin Bridges Powell, I came upon the article below (I was trying to find information to confirm whether or not the Rhoda L. Powell - bn 1829 AL, d. 1901 TX - who married John L Tubbs in 1844 in Izard Co., AR, might be the daughter of my Benjamin B. Powell). This article did not answer MY questions, but contained so much information that I felt it should be shared (of course, all info in these old county history bios need factual confirmation). I do know that these Tubbs/Decker families connect to the Lancaster family in Smith Co., TN & Izard Co., AR, and I believe that Lancaster family also connects to my Powells. Should anyone have any evidence about the parentage of Rhoda L Powell Tubbs, please let me know!

The following bio (directly quoted from the original) is found on pages 839 & 840 in the "History of McClennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties" (Texas), published in 1893 - hope this is helpful to someone!:

"William M.T. Tubbs, a farmer of McClennan county, was born in Smith county, Tennessee, Jannary 10, 1827, a son of Thomas and Malinda (Dicker) Tubbs, of Tennessee. The paternal grandfather of our subject, James Tubbs, was a native of England, of Welsh descent, and after coming to America settled in South Carolina. The maternal grandfather removed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Tennessee, where he served under Jackson in the war of 1812. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tubbs were the parents of four children: James F., who died in Arkansas about 1850; John L., was the next in order of birth; William, our subject; and Elizabeth who married E.A. Hall, a retired farmer of Meridian, this county. John L. came to Texas in 1858, was a soldier through the Mexican war, where he received three wounds. At the close of the war he returned home wounded, and as soon as able was sent to assist in the erection of Fort Laramie. He served his country long and well, and after his health failed the Government put him on half pay and full rations. At the opening of the late war he raised a company and entered the Confederate service and was wounded at Galveston. He assisted in the capture of two vessels, was at the battle of Sabine Pass, and served until the close of the war. His death occurred in 1867 of consumption, leaving a wife and six children. The mother of our subject died in Arkansas in 1851.

William Tubbs, our subject, was reared to farm life, and his father having died when he was two years of age he was obliged to make his own way in the world. He removed with his widowed mother, family and negroes to Arkansas where he made a farm, but received only about eight months’ schooling, and that being before he was eight years old. While in that State, his mother was the only physician for many miles. In March, 1843, he came to Texas, but three years later returned to Arkansas, where he remained until 1853. In that year he came again to Texas, first settling in Freestone county, but in a short time afterward removed to Parker county, where he pre-empted 160 acres of land. Eleven years later he went to Brown county and traded his claim for stock. During his first visit to Texas he spent six months with the rangers under Col. Bolen, was in many skirmishes, and was at the battle of Kaney. During the late war Mr. Tubbs was in the frontier service, as all able-bodied men were compelled to do service, the rule being ten days in the army and ten days home. He served until the close of the war, and, although he participated in no regular battle, was in several raids and skirmishes. After the close of the war the Indians became so troublesome that the settlers were obliged to abandon their homes and stock for a more settled portion of the State. During that time Mr. Tubbs lost about 2,700 head of cattle. In 1866 he came to this locality, where he bought 500 acres of his present farm, 200 acres of which was cultivated. He now owns about 800 acres, with 400 acres under a fine state of cultivation, has five tenement houses, and farms principally by tenants. He also owns property in Crawford county, but gives his attention principally to the raising of horses, having at one time 100 brood mares. He is a blacksmith by trade, and in an early day was engaged in that occupation in addition to farming.

Mr. Tubbs married Miss Martha J. Caufman, who was born in East Tennessee May 2, 1826, a daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Caufman of the same State. The parents removed to Alabama, next to Mississippi, and in 1835 to Arkansas. The father served in the war of 1812, participated in the battles of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans, and while in service came near starving to death. Mr. and Mrs. Tubbs have had six children, five now living, viz: John W., born December 2, 1847, is a farmer of this county; Thomas M., a sheep raiser of McClennan county; William R., who resides on the home farm; James E., who operates a blacksmith and wood shop at Hearst Springs; and Tobe T., born January 30, 1857, is a business man of San Angelo, Tom Green county. Mr. Tubbs is a Democrat in his political views, but not an office seeker."

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