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have frequently thought that a short history of these Kentuckians
would be an interesting document to prepare and, at the same
time, it is my opinion that it would have considerable demand in
Texas and in Kentucky. The Kentucky clubs throughout the State
could be called upon to give all available information and, in my
opinion, a great many documents could be collected as source
The flag which hangs back of the Speaker's stand in the House
of Representatives at Austin was the flag which was donated by
the women of Newport, Kentucky, to the troop which was organ-
ized to take part in the Texas Revolution, and, so far as I have
been able to learn, it was the first and original flag of Texas.
The man who drew the first black bean in the Mier Death Lot-
tery was Lieutenant William Mosbey Eastland. Lieutenant East-
land was born in Woodfram County, Kentucky, in 1806, and in
1834 settled near La Grange, Texas, with the intention of estab-
lishing a sawmill there. However, he abandoned this plan to
become first lieutenant of a company of volunteers under com-
mand of William E. Heard. They marched to the relief of San
Antonio when it was captured by General Woll, but, arriving
there too late to do any good, the company joined the Mier
Expedition. Eastland County was named for him.
Lieutenant Nicholas Dawson was one of the Texans killed by
General Woll's forces near San Antonio. He came to Texas in
1834 from Woodford County, Kentucky. Dawson County was
named in his honor.
William Ware of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky, founded
Waresville near the present town of Uvalde. This was the first
Anglo-Saxon settlement between D'Hanis and the Rio Grande.
William Ware was the son of John Ware, who was a gunsmith
in Washington's army.
The James Sylvester mentioned as the captor of Santa Anna
was the first mayor of Galveston, serving from 1839 to 1846. He
also became the first United States marshal for the Eastern Dis-
trict of Texas. Robert M. Coleman is reputed to have been the
captain of the first company of Rangers authorized when the
Revolution started in 1835.1 He was born in Kentucky in 1799.
Later he was a member of the Convention at Washington-on-the-
Brazos and signed the Declaration of Independence. He was dis-
charged from the Texas army for circulating a pamphlet in which
he attacked General Houston's leadership. His widow and son,
Albert, were killed by Indians in Travis County, near Webberville,
April 20, 1839. Coleman County is named in his honor.
General Sherman of Newport, Kentucky, was owner of a large
cotton bagging plant in that city. In 1835 he sold his factory
IRobert M. Coleman was among the early captains, but was not the
first.--W. P. W.
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