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Re: Surnames-Wharton County
Posted by: Luayne Pierce (ID *****4471) Date: February 16, 2005 at 03:21:32
In Reply to: Re: Surnames-Wharton County by William Edwards of 233

I found several refferences to Gustavus E Edwards in THE HISTORY OF WHARTON CO by Annie Lee Williams 1846-1961
CW 1964 and in 1972 by Anne Lee Williams...

Page 5, "Among Austin's firs hundred colonist who recived leagues in Wharton Co........Gustavus E Edwards, whose wife was Hannah Kincheloe, dau of William Kincheloe, and whoes daughter later married to the famous Judge R. M. Williamson"

p 16, " In 1825 the Karankawas agreed, through a Catholic priest, that they would not range east of the San Antonio river. They failed to keep thier promis, however, and again in 1826 expeditions were led against them after many colonists had signed affidavits concerning their depredations. William Pettus and GUSTAVUS E EDWARDS, 2 of the original 300, accompanied Austin in 1825, in a campaign against the Karankaws. While camping near the site of present Victoria, Pettus, who was known as Uncle Buck, and Edwards entertained the company by running foot races* p 369, Vol. II, Handbook of Texas."

p 132, " A colorful Texas judge whose unique oratory and unusual characteristics have made him a legend was Robert McAlpin Williamson, better known as "Three-Legged Willie." Willamson spent the lat 3 years of his life in Wharton at the home of his father-in-law, Gustavus E Edwards, who was one of the 300 colonist. Williamson was born in GA and after adopting Texas as his home, he called himself the @Texian from Georgia." When he was 15 years old, his school career was ended by an illness which caused his right leg to be drawn back at the knee. He wore a wooden leg attached to the knee, thus giving the appearance of having 3 legs.

Old timers in Wharton recal stories they heard about Williamson, which had been handed down by their fathers. Walter W Armstrong recalls a yarn about Three-Legged Willie praying for rain. They way he heard the story, williamson had business in Victoria, as as usual, he wore his frock coat. He was a very impressive personage in his bearing and he had a deep, commanding voice. Seeing crowds going into a church, Williamson stood in front for a while then decided to join those inside. There he discovered that the people had come to pray for an end to the lengthy and costly drouth.

Judge Williamson was spotted by a man conducting the prayer service, and observing the Judge's somber frock coat, he said "Brother, will you lead us in the prayer for rain?"
"It is said that Willie promptly got down on his knees and in his resonant voice talked mightly plain to the Lord, " Armstrong said. Without mincing any words, Williamson said, 'O God, we want rain and we don't want one of those damn drizzle-drazzle rains. We want a gulley-washer and a creek flooder--not next week, but now!" * Interview with Armstron, 1-1960

P 293 "Biographies William Kincheloe -- to 1835
Kincheloe is thought of as the "father" of Wharto Co, TX, because he is believed to have been the first permanent settler, coming in 1824. The courthouse was built on his land. He was a farmer and stockman, between the age of 40 and 50 when he came to TX. ( the estate papers are also quoted here)

Kinchelo and his first wife had 5 children: Hannah, who be came wife of Gustavus Edwards; Mary, who was married to Horitio Chriesman, 1818, she died in New Madrid, LA, in 1821/1822; Nancy, m 1) Andrew Castleman, m 2) James Green; Milly or Amelia,d 1833 in TX, m Daniel Rawls (also spelled Rawles); and a son, Lewis.

Kinchelo m 2) ?, children: Lawrence H, Daniel R, and Augustus S Kincheloe

Mrs Edwards(Hanna Kincheloe) died in route to TX, probably in 1822. Mary Jane Kinchelo m Robert McAlpin Williamson , 1837. "

There are several other refferences to Edwards, Kincheloe's and other family members. I am sure that you could get a copy of this book from the Wharton Co libraray.....

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