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him to McLennan county. It was difficult
to reconcile him to staying away from his
tribe. He finally married and raised six
children. His death occurred in 1866. John,
the other brother, was ambushed and shot
During the winter of 1839 and spring of
1840 Neill McLennan accompanied Captain
George B. Erath on a surveying tour to the
Bosque country, and being impressed with
the advantages there for farming and grazing,
determined to locate there. Accordingly he
commenced improvements there in 1845, and
made it his home during the remainder of
his life. At the old homestead still stands
the old double log house, where many a waytaring
man has received refreshments and
rest without money or charge.
Mr. McLennan had six children, namely:
John, who died in Milam county, in 1887;
Christina, wife of Eli Jones, of McLennat
county; Catherine, wife of L. E. R. Davis;
Neil (one 1), a resident of McLennan county;
Duncan, also of McLennan county; Laughlin,
deceased in 1860. Mr. McLe.lnan died in
the month of November, 1867, aged eightyone
COLONEL STERLING C. ROBERSTON, empresario
of Robertson's colony, was born in
Nashville, Tennessee, about 1785. He served
as major of the Tennessee troops in the war
of 1812, received a good education, and was
trained up as a planter, and engaged in agricultural
pursuits in Giles county, that State.
Enterprising and adventurous, and having
considerable means, he formed a company
in Nashville, in 1823, to explore the wild
"province" of Texas. Coining as far as the
Brazos, he formed a permanent camp at
the mouth of Little river. All the party returned
to Tennessee, however, except Robertson.
He visited the settlements that had
been made, and while there conceived the
idea of planting a colony in Texas. Filled
with enthusiasm over this plan, lie went to
his home in Tennessee, where he purchased a
contract which the Mexican government had
made with Robert Leftwick for the settlement
of 800 families. The colony embraced
a large tract of land, and ltoberthon was to
receive forty leagues and forty labors for his
In 1829, at his own expense, he introduced
100 families, wlho were driven out by the
military in consequence of false represenitations
nlade to the government. The matter
was finally adjusted, and in thle spring of
1834 the colony was restored. In the summer
of the same year lie laid out the town of
Sarahville de Viesca. A laud office was opened
about October 1, and the settlements were
rapidly made. In the summer of 1835 he
made a tour of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana
and Kentucky, making known the inducenments
to immigration. He had been authoriz-d
by the Mexican government to offer to settlers
wlho were heads of families one league and
one labor of land, and lesser proportions to
Colonel Robertson was a delegate to the
general convention of 1836, was one of the
signers of the declaration of independence
and of the constitution of the Republic of
Texas. In the spring of 1836 lie commanded
a military company, and received therefor a
donation of 640 acres of land, having participated
in the battle of San Jacinto. Ile was
a member of the Senate of the first congress
of the Republic of Texas.
He died in Robertsou county, March 4,
1842, in the fifty-seventh year of his age.
Bold, daring and patriotic, lie bad many opportunities
for the exhibition of these traits.
From the campaigns of the war of 1812 down
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