The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 316
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly
Micajah Autry was born near the close of the eighteenth cen-
tury, about 1794 or 1795. Some interesting data are contained
in the following obituary notice, published soon after his death, in
a North Carolina newspaper:'
Major Micajah Autry-We have received a letter from Ten-
nessee informing us that this gentleman was one of the gallant vol-
unteers who fell at the storming of the Alamo, in San Antonio,
Texas. He was a native of Sampson County, in this State, but
from the age of six years until the year 1823, when he was about
28 years of age, he resided in this County with his father, Mr.
Theophilus Autry. Between the ages of 17 and 18, he volunteered
in Captain Lord's Company, and marched to Wilmington, when
the place was threatened by the British. He afterwards joined the
army at Charleston, and remained in the service until the peace
in the Spring of 1815.1
On his return in consequence of bad health, which prevented his
labouring on the farm, he directed his attention to literary pur-
suits, and soon qualified himself for teaching. In 1823 he moved.
to Hayesboro, Tenn. Here he studied law and was admitted to
the bar at Nashville in 1828 or '9. In 1831 he removed to Jack-
son, in the Western District of Tennessee where he practised law
until November last, when he volunteered in the cause of Texas.
He met death in the glorious battle of San Antonio, the particulars
of which are too well known to need repetition. He has left a wife
and two children in Tennessee, and his aged father and other rela-
tives in this County.
Mrs. Greer says that after moving to Tennessee her father taught
school, while studying law, and that about the year 1824 he was
united in marriage to Mrs. Martha Wyche Wilkinson, whose maiden
name was Putney. This lady was the widow of Dr. Wilkinson, to
whom she had borne one child, a daughter named Amelia. For
several years the home of Mr. Autry lay within a few miles of
Nashville, near which city was also the home of Andrew Jackson,
"The Hermitage." Here several children were born, of whom
only two, Mary and James L. Autry, grew to maturity. The ac-
count of the removal of the family from Nashville to Jackson is
here given in the words of his daughter, who was old enough to
remember distinctly the incidents of their overland journey.
1The Treaty of Ghent was ratified February 17, 1815.
2This notice is contained in a clipping which the family has preserved.
There is no record of the name or date of the paper from which it is
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