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days, but his force of Inen was too small to
cope with the savages, and (n the day before
the battle occurred lie sent for Jonathan, to
Bastrop, for the chief Plasado and his thirty
warriors to assist him. Mr. Burleson reached
his destination in the evening, and in the
same night Plasado and his band of braves
made the march on foot, a distance of thirty
miles, the chief trotting along by the side of
Mr. Burleson, and his hand resting on the
latter's thigh. As the battle opened on the
following day by General Burleson, Jonathan,
and his Indian braves entered the fight, and
were victorious. Jonathan Burleson was
afterward a member of a company of minute
men until 1845, when he retired from service,
and engaged in farming and stock raising.
He secured the first grant of land from the
Mexican or Spanish Government, and the
town of Elgin is now located on a portion of
this headright. He afterward secured threequarters
of a league from the Republic of
Texas in what is now Caldwell county,
although he located on a small place near
where the town of Bastrop now stands.
Mr. Burleson was first married under the
laws of Mexico, in about 1833, to Miss
Nancy B.Blakey,and this was the first or one of
the first marriages consummated in Bastrop.
Mrs. Burleson was a daughter of Thomnos
and Nancy Blakey, the latter a native of
Kentucky. In about 1830 her father came
from Bowling Green, that State, to Brazoria,
Brazoria county, Texas, where he followed
farming and stock raising. His death
occurred in 1832. Mr. and Mrs. Blakey had
ten children, viz.: Martha, married Robert
Mitchell, and both are now deceased; Sarah,
married Robert Anderson, both also deceased;
Thursey, deceased, was the wife of Noah
Smithwick, of California; Mahala, deceased,
was three times married, first to John Ander
son, second to Jepthia Boyce, and tlird to
William Simmons; Nancy B., motller of our
subject; John W., deceased; Edward, who
was shot throagh the head at a battle of
Brushy creek l)y Indians; Everett C.,
deceased; Evaline, married William II. Garrett,
and both are uow deceased; and Lemuel
J., who was killed at the battle of San Jacinto,
when only a boy. Mrs. Blakey died in
1853. After the war of 1836 and the independence
of Texas was established, Mr. and
-Mrs. 13urleson were married the second time,
as their former marriage was not considered
as legal as it should be. They continued to
live in this section until their death, Mr.
Buarlesson dying December 3, 1879, at the age
of sixty-seven years, and his wife died
June 7, 1889, aged seventy-eight years.
Both were members of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Burleson
was also identified with the A. F.
& A. M., and the R. A. M1. They xere the
parents of eight children: Edward B., our
subject; Nancy; Thomas; John A.; A. H. E.;
J. R., deceased; Mahala. wife of William
Montgomery, of McCulloch county, Texas;
and Leman, wife of Oscar Thompson, also of
Edward B. Burleson, the subject of this
sketch, received only a limited education, was
reared to farm life, and began work for himself
at the age of twenty-one years. For two
years lie farmed on rented land, the first year
in Bastrop county, and afterward on the San.
Matcos river, in Caldwell county. In 1862
he purchased a farm of 500 acres in the latter
county, on credit, where he moved his wife
and twenty-three negroes. He was to pay
$2,000 for the place, every dollar of which
was paid by Mrs. Burleson while he was
fighting for his native land in the late war,
she also paying all doctor's bills and other
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