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Magee that of Colonel. They had about two hundred men under
captains Lucket,7 Orr,8s Gains,39 Taylor,40 and an old man bearing
the brand and mark of North Carolina, (Whose name I do not
remained with it until it was dissolved in 181o. He married a French girl, Marie
Louise Gagnoir, and had two children, besides whom he recognized John Durst
as a natural son. Davenport served the Spaniards loyally as Indian agent until 1812.
In 1815, he was living in Louisiana and experimenting with sugar cane along the
Red River. His will was filed at Natchitoches on June 21, 1824. J. Villasana
Haggard, "The House of Barr and Davenport," Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
XLIX, 66-88; J. Villasana Haggard, "The Neutral Ground Between Louisiana and
Texas, 1806-1821," Louisiana Historical Quarterly, XXVIII, loo1-1129; Issac Joslin
Cox, "The Louisiana-Texas Frontier," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical
Association, X, 60.
87Thomas Lockett, a Virginian, returned to the United States after the murder
of the Spanish officers. Warren, "Southern Filibusters in the War of 1812," Louisiana
Historical Quarterly, XXV, 295; Castafieda, Catholic Heritage, VI, 78; George P.
Garrison, Texas; A Contest of Civilizations (Boston and New York, 1903), 120.
38George Orr, after the failure of the expedition, was self-appointed agent for
receipt of money and land titles for survivors in 1824. In 1825, he filed claim to
land in the "late neutral territory" on the grounds that he had lived on and
cultivated the land prior to February 22, 1819. He was active in having the Trinity
settlement attached to Austin's colony in 1826. Barker, Austin Papers, II, Pt. 1, 1401,
1272, 1399, 1462; American State Papers, Class VIII, Public Lands (8 vols.;
Washington, 1832-1861) , IV, 142.
l9James Gaines was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, about 1776. In 1803
he assisted his cousin Edmund P. Gaines in a survey of the waterway from
Nashville, Tennessee, to New Orleans. In 18o5, he went to Fort Jesup, near
Natchitoches, Louisiana. He claimed to have settled in Texas in 1812, but in 1818,
while selling land in Texas, he gave his home as Natchitoches. Apparently he was
alcalde when the district of the Sabine was organized in 1823 or 1824. He married
Susan Norris and had at least five children. On December 15, 1835, he was elected
first judge of the municipality of the Sabine. He represented his district in the
Texas Convention of 1836, signed the Declaration of Independence, and was a
member of the fourth, fifth, and sixth congresses of the Republic of Texas. He
moved to Nacogdoches County, Louisiana, in 1843, joined the California gold rush
in 1849, and died at Quartzberg, California, in November, 1856. L. W. Kemp,
Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Houston, 1944), 127-134.
40oJosiah Taylor, who came to Texas in 181 on an exploring expedition, may
have been the Taylor, reported by Sibley as a member of a gang of border ruffians,
who was wounded by Spanish troops on the east bank of the Sabine after having
relieved some Spanish traders of $20,000 in goods. He may also have been the
Taylor who was involved with Miguel Quinn in the expedition against Bayou
Pierre in 1811. He was wounded seven times in the Battle of the Medina but
escaped and returned to his home in Virginia. In 1824 he returned to Texas as a
settler under Green DeWitt and died in the winter of 183o on his ranch below
Cuero in DeWitt County. A. J. Sowell, Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of
Southwest Texas (Austin, 1900), 805-807; County Records (DeWitt County
Courthouse, Cuero, Texas); Sibley to unknown, July 17, 1811, in Garrett, "Sibley
Letters," Southwestern Historical Quarterly XLIX, 116; Mattie Austin Hatcher,
The Opening of Texas to Foreign Settlement; 18o1-x821 (Austin, 1927; University of
Texas Bulletin No. 2714, April 8, 1927), 214; Ethel Zivley Rather, "DeWitt's
Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, VIII, 189.
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