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Re: Edward Taylor Wingate
Posted by: Deason Hunt (ID *****7181) Date: February 02, 2003 at 09:15:31
In Reply to: Re: Edward Taylor Wingate by Karen Farley of 976

Hi Karen,
Do you have a source on the proving in court that Edward Wingate survived Goliad? I have been unable to find such information. What I have found follows:
The Edward Wingate who fought at Goliad was executed there. His heirs (and they are listed as such) were in Texas By January 1, 1840 and received land certificates for his service, death at Goliad, and the fact that he was in Texas prior to Independence. One eyewitness at the Goliad massacre reports a knapsack among bloody clothing, etc. taken from the executed Texans bearing the name Wingate.
Another survivor reports that Mr. Wingate from Montgomery fled to the river (when executions began) and called out to the survivor that he was wounded and could not swim. That was where the survivor left him.
In numerous court documents and affadavits, it is stated that Edward Wingate died at Goliad and accepted by the signatory court and Republic of Texas officers. One specific witness document is an affadavit of Dr. Jack McCall of Henderson County, Texas (who I understand from another source married an Edward Wingate daughter in the 1830's or early 1840's in Alabama or Houston County, Texas. The daugher died soon after this marriage.)in which he swears personal knowledge that the widow of Edward Wingate who died at Goliad is Isabella McCall Wingate and that there are other heirs in the state of Alabama.
Isabella McCall Wingate died in the 1860's in Houston County, Texas, and the State of Texas placed a marker on her grave in 1936 noting her as the widow of Edward Wingate who died with Fannin at Goliad.
I have seen references to Edward Taylor Wingate serving as a volunteer during the US-Mexican War and fighting at the Battle of Monterrey in the 1840's. I understand he received a land grant drom that war. I have ordered a form to seek copies of his pension papers from that war. An online source which I have not been able to confirm in person shows that Edward Taylor Wingate's remains were removed and re-buried in the San Antonio, TX area at a military cemetery. I think it was Fort Sam Houston.

Deason


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