History

Thu
29
Jul

"Caney grew where several early roads crossed" By Mary Belle Ingram Matagorda County genweb www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/

   Situated in the shadows of the Bay City Regional Airport, near the crossroads of FM 457 and FM 2540, is a small cemetery which was a part of the Caney community, and is now only a memory, except for the historical marker placed on the side during the Texas Centennial in 1936. 
   The marker reads: 
Site of Caney Post Office
Established about 1838
In its vicinity members of
Austin’s Colony established 
pioneer sugar plantations.
   During the days of the Republic of Texas – and earlier – the original Caney was once called Caney Crossing.  
   It received its name from the Caney Creek, thought to be an old bed of the Colorado River, which flowed through a dense cane break.  
   Caney Crossing was situated in one of the most historic areas of Matagorda County – the bottom lands of the Colorado River and Caney Creek.  

Thu
29
Jul

Waterville also on road from Matagorda to San Felipe

   Waterville was on Water Hole Creek (Will's Water Hole) near the site of earlier Preston in southeast Wharton County. 
   Before 1846 it was in Matagorda County. 
   The community was served by the main road from Matagorda to San Felipe. 
   A number of men from Waterville served during the Civil War.
   Its active Confederate Army company, "Rough & Ready Mounted Rifles," 
   Twenty-second Brigade, Battalion E, was under Capt. C. P. Whittington. 
   In 1861 this company had twenty-seven men enrolled and in 1892 thirty-nine. 
   Waterville also served as headquarters for Col. Reuben R. Brown's Thirty-third Cavalry, established in 1862. 
   A home guard was formed as the Twenty-sixth Infantry under Capt. Maclin S. Stith.
    A post office operated in Waterville from 1859 until 1867 and from 1872 until 1880. 

Wed
21
Jul

Keelboat ‘David Crockett’ first large craft to navigate Colorado

   In 1838, the keelboat David Crockett, reportedly the first large craft to navigate the Colorado River, arrived at the head of “the raft on the Colorado.”  
   Early in the 19th century, the river’s slow current caused a logjam, or “raft,” which by the late 1830s blocked the river 10 miles above its mouth at Matagorda.  
   The Crockett, which had averaged more than 60 miles a day, stopped at the head of the raft, where its cargo of cotton was unloaded and carried by wagon to Matagorda.  
   Removing the log jam in the 1920s caused the development of an enormous delta that reached across Matagorda Bay to Matagorda Peninsula.  
   In 1936 engineers dug a channel through the delta. 

Wed
21
Jul

Kate Ward river’s first steamboat

   The Kate Ward was the first steamboat to operate on the Colorado River.  
   In June 1844 the La Grange Intelligencer announced that a local merchant, Samuel Ward, was to build a steamboat for use on the Colorado.  
   The engine and other equipment had already been bought in Pittsburg and were to be shipped to Matagorda by July 15.  
   The boat would be assembled at the head of the raft, which obstructed navigation on the lower part of the river, and was to be in operation by Nov. 1.  
   The article praised Ward for his part in selling the stock of the Colorado Navigation Company, which had been rechartered in January 1844 for the purpose of clearing the raft. 
   Plans for construction of the steamer evidently changed, however, for the next relevant notice of a steamboat concerns the launching of the Kate Ward at Matagorda, near the mouth of the Colorado, on June 21, 1845.  

Wed
21
Jul

Partain Cemetery receives Historic Texas Cemetery dedication from MCHC

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Partain Cemetery receives an Historic Texas Cemetery marker.

   The Matagorda County Historical Commission (MCHC) met on July 10, 2021 at the Blessing Library.
   Preceding the meeting, a short Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) dedication was held for the Partain Cemetery in Blessing which received designation in 2020. 
   The family cemetery was established in 1857. 
   It is the resting place of seven Partain family members including Robert Abner Partain, the last pastor of the Tres Palacios Baptist Church and the first pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bay City.
   The Jones-Jackson Cemetery in Pledger recently received HTC designation due to the efforts of the Jones-Jackson Cemetery Family Association.
   The MCHC Cemetery Committee is currently updating surveys of the African American cemeteries in Matagorda County. 
   Those surveys are available on the county TXGenWeb site.

Wed
21
Jul

Raft a ‘vast accumulation of drift logs, snags, whole trees’

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Perhaps one of better descriptions of the Colorado River raft came from a report of the Board of Engineers for River and Harbors to the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army Nov. 4, 1919. 
   It’s part of a series of reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented to Congress on the Colorado River betweem 1915 and 1919. Those reports helped inform funding decisions a few years later - the Corps of Engineers worked on the raft’s permanent removal  from 1926 to 1929. 

Thu
15
Jul

"Hawthorne gets a handle on nearly 2 centuries of district clerk records" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Scores of documents from the early days of the Texas Republic and from throughout the 19th Century were part of the ten-month reorganization of the district clerk’s records.
   District Clerk Janice Hawthorne recently completed reordering her department’s immense storage of civil and criminal records.
   “There was not much rhyme or reason on what was going on,” Hawthorne remarks over the district clerk office’s civil and criminal records.
   “You didn’t know where to go with boxes marked 2003, 1994, 1995 and 2004 in the same area,” she added.
   There was no sense of purpose in the filing that Hawthorne encountered.
   “You could guess where something was.”
   In addition, criminal and civil files were all mixed and “boxes were scattered everywhere,” Hawthorne said.

Thu
15
Jul

Partain Cemetery tells a Matagorda County family story

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
This cemetery is located on private property near Hawley Cemetery in the Blessing area and has been adopted by the Hawley Cemetery Association. The cemetery is about 30' X 60' with small trees growing in it. Tombstone and family information was provided by Lester Wallace and appeared in the Matagorda County Genealogical Society publication, Oak Leaves, May 1994

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
(usgenwebsites.org)

Thu
15
Jul

‘Uncle Robert’ Partain born during Runaway Scrape

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
(usgenwebsites.org)

 

Thu
08
Jul

Jane McManus: Texas’ only female colonizer

   Jane Cazneau [pseuds.: Montgomery, Cora Montgomery, Corrine Montgomery], journalist, author, promoter, and unofficial diplomat, daughter of William Telemachus and Catharina (Coons) McManus, was born in or near Troy, New York, on April 6, 1807. 
   Her father served in the United States Congress from 1825 to 1827. 
   She had three brothers, including Robert O.W.  
   She was apparently raised Lutheran, but seems to have become Catholic as a young woman. 
   She married William F. (or Allen B.) Storms in 1825 and had a son but was divorced in 1831. 
   Three years later she was named as Aaron Burr’s mistress in a divorce suit brought against the former United States vice president. 

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