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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
heroes who fell at San Antonio and Goliad. 1836, he was married to Miss Jerusha
'his little army was reorganized u tinder the able Dyches, a native of Louisiana and a daughleadership
of General Sam Houston, who re- ter of Joseph Dyches, a well known pioneer.
solved to make a last resistance to Mexico. She came to Texas in 1832. She possessed
Accordingly the battle of San Jacinto was great force of character with superior ability,
fought, on the 21st of April, 1836, when a and was well fitted to become the companion
gallant little army of 783 brave men, poorly of a man who had his own fortune to make
equipped, scantily clothed and half starved, in a frontier country. She contributed her
marched up and in less than half an hour full quota to that success which he achieved,
(eighteen minutes, says General Houston's making for him a comfortable and happy
report) disintegrated an army of 1,500 men, home, consoling him under misfortune and
splendidly accoutered, comfortably clothed, encouraging him to renewed endeavor.
well fed, and under the able generalship of After the war, Mr. McFadin engaged in
Santa Anna. This is little short of marvel- the stock business on his own account, followouis,
but each man was a Hercules of deter- ing the same successfully for a number of
imination, and their war cry was, "iRemember years. In 1842, he was elected Sheriff of
the Alamo!" Ten thousand men could not have Jefferson county, and discharged the duties
daunted their courage, for they were lighting incumbent upon him with credit to himself
fur their lives and those of their loved ones, and to the satisfaction of his constituents.
besides avenging those who had been mnur- He also served at various times in many
dered by the Mexicans. This little army was minor offices of responsibility and trust. He
(Inmposedl of such hardy, determined men as subsequently traded with his cousin for a
Mr. McFadin,. and they followed their great headright of land in what is now Williamson
leader, (eneral Houston, with no thought county, but which was then on the frontier
but that of victory, and it is such men who of civilization. In December, 1846, he regained
for Texas her independence and placed moved with his family to this land and began
her among the greatest States of the Union. the task of making a permanent home in the
The posterity of these men will look back midst of a vast solitude and interminable
over the history of Texas with pride in cog- plain, there being at that time but four
nizance of the fact that their forefathers white ten within the borders of what is now
fought so bravely to lay the foundation of Williamson county. He cultivated his land
privileges which the younger generations and engaged extensively in the stock business
now enjoy. Too munch cannot be said in and was the owner of a few slaves. Success
honor of' these veterans of San Jacinto, attended his efforts and prosperity smiled on
whose names will live in the memory of his endeavors.
their descendants and also in that of the Mr. McFadin was cosmopolitan in his
newer comers, who enjoy the fruits of those views, far-seeing and of great probity of
brave inen's courage and heroism. character. He was a true and tried patriot,
After serving six months in the Texas and as his birthplace was in a union of
army and helping to gain the victory at San States, he was opposed to disintegration.
Jacimnto, Mr. McFadin returned to is hone Like his old commander, General Houston,
in Liberty county, where, in Kovember, and many other noble men, he opposed se
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/255/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .