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HOPE, Hugh S.
JOHNSON, Middleton Tate
MASON, Henry P.
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(1831-1864). Hiram Bronson Granbury, Confederate general, was born in Copiah County, Mississippi, on March 1, 1831, the son of Nancy (McLaurin) and Norvell R. Granbury, a Baptist minister. He was educated at Oakland College. In the 1850s he moved to Texas and lived in Waco, where he was admitted to the Bar; he served as chief justice of McLennan County from 1856 to 1858. On March 31, 1858, Granbury married Fannie Sims of Waco; they had no children. At the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited the Waco Guards, which became a unit in the Seventh Texas Infantry in Brig. Gen. John Gregg'sqv brigade of the Confederate Army. In November 1861 at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the regiment elected Granbury as major. He was captured with the command at the battle of Fort Donelson on February 15, 1862, and was paroled that same year in an officers' exchange. Upon his release he was promoted to colonel.  In April 1863 Granbury was at Port Hudson, Louisiana, and in May he participated in the battle of Raymond, Mississippi. Shortly thereafter he joined Gen. Joseph E. Johnston'sqv army, assembled for the relief of Vicksburg. Granbury commanded the Seventh Texas in Brig. Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson's brigade of Gen. John B. Hood'sqv corps at Chickamauga, where he was wounded. He participated in the battle of Missionary Ridge, where his commanding officer was James A. Smith; shortly thereafter he succeeded to brigade command. During the retreat from that battle he was particularly distinguished for his conduct at Ringold Gap, where he commanded his own brigade. Granbury was commissioned brigadier general on February 29, 1864. During the ensuing Atlanta campaign, he served in Cleburne's division of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee and was again particularly distinguished at the battle of New Hope Church. After the fall of Atlanta, Granbury led his brigade in Hood's disastrous invasion of Tennessee, and at the battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, he was killed in action.  Granbury was first buried near Franklin, Tennessee. His body was later reinterred at the Ashwood Church Cemetery south of Columbia. On November 30, 1893, his remains were removed to Granbury, Texas, seat of Hood County, as the town was named in his honor. The correct spelling of the general's name has been debated. His descendents insist that it is Granberry, as is written on his gravestone, but most books and historians continue to spell it Granbury. See also GRANBURY'S TEXAS BRIGADE.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: William Heartsill, Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army (Marshall, Texas, 1876; rpt., Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot, 1987). James M. McCaffrey, This Band of Heroes (Austin: Eakin Press, 1985).  Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Ezra J. Warner, Generals in Gray (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1959). The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Dudley Goodall Wooten, ed., A Comprehensive History of Texas (2 vols., Dallas: Scarff, 1898; rpt., Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1986).   by Palmer Bradley
Source of information:   The Handbook of Texas Online


is believed to be Jonas Harrison Jr.

Jonas Harrison Sr. m. Eleanor SHANNON. Lawyer, he came to TX , Shelby Co. area, in 1820 was involved in events leading up to TX independence and  died 6 Aug 1836.

Eleanor Harrison is on the Tarrant Co. tax list 1854;
1855.; 1863; 1864

Believe Jonas Harrison on 1855 Tax list and Who's Who list is Jonas Jr.(son of Jonas Harrison Sr. and Eleanor SHANNON)

Source of Information: Peggy Thompsen


HOPE, Hugh S.
Land Grant of 640 acres in Sep 1841.
Source of information:  Lone Star Junction


JOHNSON, Middleton Tate
Arrived in Texas 25 Nov 1839.  Land Grant issued for 640 acres 11 Jan 1840
Source of information:  Lone Star Junction
JOHNSON, MIDDLETON TATE (1810-1866). Middleton Tate Johnson, ranger and politician, was born in 1810 in the Spartanburg district of South Carolina and moved to Georgia at an early age. He won election in 1832 to the lower house of the Alabama legislature, where he served four successive terms. In 1839 he and his wife, Vienna, moved to Shelby County, Texas. There Johnson secured an immigrant's headright of 640 acres in what is now Tarrant County. He served in the Regular-Moderator Warqv of 1842-44 as a captain of the Regulators. In the final days of this conflict he represented his county in the Congress of the Republic of Texasqv and served for a short while in the Senate. In 1845 he raised a company of volunteers, mostly former  Regulators, and served in Col. George Tyler Wood'sqv Second Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers, at Monterrey. He was discharged on October 2, 1846, and returned to Texas, where he raised a mounted company that became Col. Peter H. Bell'sqv ranger regiment, which served on the northern frontier. Johnson, as lieutenant colonel of the unit, served near the trading post at Marrow Bone Springs, at the site of present Arlington. On June 6, 1849, he and brevet major Ripley A. Arnoldqv established a fort and army outpost at the junction of the Clear Fork and the West Fork of the Trinity River. They named it Fort Worth in honor of Gen. William J. Worth.qv Johnson also helped to organize Tarrant County.   For his service in the Mexican Warqv he received a grant of land now in Tarrant County. He settled his family (three sons and five daughters) in 1848 near Marrow Bone Springs, where he established a cotton plantation. He soon became one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the region; he is reported to have owned the largest number of slaves among Tarrant County planters. The settlement surrounding his home became known as Johnson's Station.   Johnson worked to secure a railroad route west of Fort Worth and helped Gen. Thomas J. Ruskqv survey the proposed Southern Pacific line to El Paso. In the state election of 1849 he failed in his bid for the lieutenant governorship. In 1851, 1853, 1855, and 1857, he unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for governor. In 1859 he bolted from the party and supported Sam Houston.qv Johnson returned to the Texas Rangersqv in 1860 to lead a regiment against the Comanches in a much criticized and largely useless campaign.   During this time, after the death of his first wife, he left his command to travel to Galveston to marry Mary Louisa Givens. Because of this apparent dereliction of duty and the lack of results from his campaign he was widely censured. In 1861 he donated land for the courthouse in Fort Worth.
Although opposed to secession,qv Johnson served in the Secession Convention.qv For the Confederacy he raised the Fourteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment, which served on both sides of the Mississippi. He was regimental commander until he was succeeded by John L.   Camp.qv Johnson also supervised a blockade-running system to bring supplies into the Confederacy.  In the course of the war his oldest son, Tom, was killed, and his second son, Ben, died of consumption.  After the war Johnson returned to politics. He was elected to the state Reconstructionqv convention in December 1865.
On May 15, 1866, while returning to Johnson's Station, he suffered a stroke and died. He was first buried in the State Cemetery,qv then reinterred near his sons in the family cemetery, now in Arlington.  Johnson was a Mason. Johnson County was named in his honor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Thomas W. Cutrer, ed., "`My Wild Hunt After Indians': The Journal of Willis L. Lang, 23 April-7 September 1860," Military History of the Southwest 21 (Spring 1991). James Farber, Fort Worth in the Civil War (Belton, Texas: Peter Hansborough Bell Press, 1960). Michael Walter Farrington, Middleton Tate Johnson: Texas' Would-Be Governor, General, and Railroad Entrepreneur (M.A. thesis, University of Texas at Arlington, 1980).  Arista Joyner, comp., Arlington, Texas: Birthplace of the Metroplex (Waco: Arlington Bicentennial-Centennial Celebration Committee, 1976). A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1892). James Pike, The Scout and Ranger: Being the Personal Adventures of Corporal Pike (Cincinnati: Hawley, 1865; rpt., Princeton University Press, 1935). Marcus J. Wright, comp., and Harold B. Simpson, ed., Texas in the War, 1861-1865 (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill Junior College Press, 1965).
                                                                                                                    byDonald S. Frazier
Source of Information:  The Handbook of Texas Online


Lafayette W. Jones b. 2/20/1830 in Tenn., d. 1/14/1883 in Johnson Co. Jones Cem.,  married Oct. 16, 1851 Henry Co., Tenn.
+ Sarah M. Webster b. 3/20/1883 d. 12/16/1900 in Johnson Co., Jones Cem.

L. W. was the son of Wiley E. Jones.  Wiley E. Jones came from Tennessee and arrived in Johnson Co, TX in 1853.  Both Wiley and L. W. Jones  have been listed as being instrumental in assisting Hood co. and Johnson co. in becoming Counties.

L. W. is listed in the 1860 Tarrant Co. census as one of the original land grantees.

L. W. and Sarah had a large family, however, Sarah outlived most of the family.
Children of Lafayette W. Jones and Sarah M. Webster:
Francis born ca 1853
Samuel born ca 1857
Mary born ca 1858
Sumner born ca 1832
James born ca 1870 (twin)
Martha born ca 1870 (twin)
Lee born ca 1872
Celia born Johnson Co and buried in Jones Cemetery in Johnson Co, TX
Julia born Johnson Co and buried in Jones Cemetery in Johnson Co, TX
Source of Information: Karli Dye


was born 4/17/1813 in Overton Co, Tn to Josiah and Margaret Cannon Marchbanks.  He married Celia Bilbery, born 9/14/1826 in TN on 11/14/1847.  Their daughter Caldonia was born 7/14/1848.  In the fall of 1850, they left TN with his mother and 10 of his siblings for Texas.  They scattered across Ellis, Hopkins, Johnson and Tarrant counties.  William had 160 acres on the West Fork of the Trinity River 8 miles from Fort Worth.  
Children born in Texas were:
Tennessee b. 12/22/1850
Ozias Denton b. 9/9/1854 
Hixey b. 2/16/1857
Josiah C. b. 11/1/1859
Thomas R. b. 2/20/1861
Marion Osborn b. 11/5/1864.
The family left Texas in the late 1860's and settled in Sebastion County, AR.
Source of Information:  Becky Faldon


MASON, Henry P.
Henry P. Mason and his wife, Mary, and children arrived in Birdville about 1853-5. They purchased land in
the AKERS tract... and are buried in Birdville Cemetery.
Henry died 1869, and his wife 1871. Fate of children unknown, except one, Martha married L.A.
Source of Information:  Pamela Mason


James J. Mooneyham and his brother, Joseph William Mooneyham, were born in Cocke County, Tennessee. They migrated to Texas via Missouri with the Peters Colony before July 1844. James J. married Elizabeth Barnes 22 May 1840, in Platte County, Missouri. William had married Elizabeth's sister, Rachiel Barnes, 03 Jul 1836, in LaFayette County, Missouri. Both men arrived in Texas "with family". 
William and Rachiel accepted their land grant #2184 in what is present day Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas. They raised their twelve children and died in Dallas County. They are buried in the Mooneyham-Sparkman Cemetery, a small plot of their original land grant. It is not known when Elizabeth died. A third child was born to her about 1848. 
James had sold his Peters Colony grant, married Mary Evie King, daughter of Rhoda King of Denton, and was living in Tarrant County by 1850. James was numbered in the 1850 Tarrant County Census, School Roll and School Tax lists. He was numbered again on the 24 Jun 1854 School Census. James was a member of the Texas State Troops in 1863 from Tarrant County. James and Mary did leave Tarrant county at some point. They both died in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Their grave markers in the Old Union (Amity Baptist Church) Cemetery give the dates of their lives. James J : b. 03 March 1820 d. 07 Aug 1899. Mary Evie : b. 05 Sept 1833 d. 08 Dec 1879. After Mary's death, James married a third time to Martha Jane Blackard on 08 July 1888, Sebastian County, Arkansas. James's children by Elizabeth: Sarah Ann b. abt 1842, Julia Ann b. abt 1846, Harriet L. b. abt 1848. James's children by Mary Evie: Joseph M."Joe Mack" b. 30 Jun 1854, Rhoda b. 12 Feb 1859, William Price b. 24 Oct 1861, James Polk b. May 1864, Laura b. bef 1872, Mary J. b. July 1872. There were no children by Martha Jane.
Source of Information: Carol M.



W. B. Self was  born 1800, son of John Self and Nancy. He married Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Burleson (daughter of Moses Burleson and Eady Hobson), 23 November, 1822, in Jefferson County, Alabama. William B. and Polly Self had children: Joseph, Tilmon A., Tilferd M., Jane Virginia "Jenny", John Wesley, David, Willian N., Patience Malinda, James F., Martha, and Eliza A. Self. William B. Self died between 1867 and 1868 in Tarrant County, Texas. For more information on the Self surname see the Self  Family Newsletter. 
Source of Information:  Jami Hamilton

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