My 3rd great-grandfather was Charles Harrison Richards. He is listed by The Daughters of the
When Charles was 32 years old he married the very young Polly Sapp, daughter of John Sapp and Elizabeth King. Polly was born in
I don’t know when they made their way to the wilderness that was then the Mexican state of Coahuila
In the Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards, Mr. Richards states, “My father’s father was Charles Richards, was raised in Alabama, but came to Texas May 1833; was in the Mexican War, with Sam Houston; was killed by a horse on the streets of old San Augustine in 1838.”
March the 27th 1837
This is to certify that
Charles Richards joined my
company on the 4 of July last
for the term of three months.
William Scurlock, Capt
(In 1836 Thomas J. Rusk was serving as secretary of war for Texas.)
William Scurlock was with Colonel J. W. Fannin and his command when the slaughter took place that was called “Fannin’s Massacre” in Goliad. “Of the whole number who were marched out for slaughter on that memorable Sunday, fifty-five only escaped.” Scurlock was one of that number. In Baker’s A Texas Scrapbook of 1875 a letter of Samuel T. Brown, a nephew of Colonel William Ward, first appeared in the Voice of Sumpter (an
According to Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men by Harbert Davenport, 1936, Scurlock “made his escape and returned home [San Augustine] to secure a company [of volunteers] and joined the command of Col. Thos. J. Rusk, under whom he served until the 4th October, 1836.” It was this company and during this time that my 3rd great-grandfather joined the fight as indicated in the above document on file at the Texas State Archives in
Baker, D. W. C. A
Daughters of the
TSHA Online, s.v. “Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men” http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/fannin/ (accessed March 13, 2009).
Richards, Charles. Certification of Service, 1837. Copy.
Richards, Phillip Wade Hampton. Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards.
The David Rumsey Map Collection, s.v. “A New Map of Texas, With The Contiguous American & Mexican States” http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~216~20055:A-New-Map-Of-Texas,-With-The-Contig (accessed March 13, 2009).