Prissick a study in contrasts

From Texas Handbook of History

PRISSICK, WILLIAM (1805–1881)  
   William Prissick, state representative, surveyor, and county official, was born in Shropshire County, England, in 1805. 
   He was the son of James Prissick and Mary (Weaver) Prissick and was baptized on October 22, 1805, in Pontesbury, Shropshire, England. 
   His parents later moved to Seacombe in Cheshire County. According to a biographical article in an 1882 edition of the Galveston Weekly News, Prissick, at the age of 21, worked as an apprentice at a mercantile in Liverpool. 
   During his third year of apprenticeship, he served on a ship on Africa’s Gold Coast. 
   At some point, he married and had a son, but he later abandoned his family and left for America around 1831. 
   Prissick lived in Ohio until 1834, and, after a trip back to England to settle family affairs, moved to Texas.
   In 1835 he received a league of land (4,428.4 acres) in present-day Houston County in East Texas. 
   He reportedly worked as a surveyor for land speculator Thomas J. Chambers. 
   Records of the Texas General Land Office indicate that Prissick served in the Army of the Republic from October 1836 until April 1837, and for his service he received 640 acres of bounty land (in present-day Newton County) but transferred his grant to Isaac McMahan in 1849. 
   He also received 320 acres in Montague County but transferred that patent to D.E.E. Braman in 1857.
   By 1841 Prissick was living in Matagorda County, where he served as tax collector about 1845. 

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