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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
and esteemed by all who know him, is a Democrat
in his political views, and is a member
of the Christian Church.
Mr. Patton was married in Travis county,
January 27, 1875, to Virginia Bishop. They
have two children: Andrew and Rosa.
RM fARGARET CHAMBERS, of Bastrop
county, Texas, was born in
North Carolina, a daughter of Leahman
and Sarah (Forehand) Broker.
She came with her parents and husband,
Josiah Willbarger, to Texas in 1827, settling
first at LaGrange, and then spent one year at
Matagorda. In 1831 they came to Bastrop
county, locating ten miles west of this city,
on what is now known as Willbarger's prairie,
and were accompanied by the families of
Walters, Northcroft and his father-in-law.
Mr. Wilibarger erected a block-house on the
river bank, where he remained until the
stampede in 1835. In company with four
families they then went to the Natchez
river, returned to this county the same year,
but found the Mexicains had carried away
everything on the prairie except a few cattle,
and these were so wild that they could hardly
be collected. The M[exicans made their
second forage in the county, and Mr. Willbarger
then removed to Washington county,
but remained there only a short time. After
his return he again found everything gone;
even the flooring ofhis dwelling was used to
make boats to transport the corn and other
things from the place. A short time afterward
the family went to Troy, Lincoln county,
Missouri, remaining there one year. They
went by way of New Orleans, and just before
reaching that city a severe storm occurred,
and for fourteen days they were lost
at sea. They returne(l to Bastrop county,
Texas, with a number of in immigrant , traveling
through Arkansas and tlle Indian Nation,
crossed Red river at Gains' ferry, and
the Indians at that time were numerous.
Mr. Willbarger participated in a number of
raids after Indians, but was never in the
State service. In 1832 he went on a business
trip to Austin, and wllile looking at some
land, in company with four others, they saw
one Indian, gave chase, but he escaped. At
Denison, on the same day, they were attacked,
anld Mr. Willbarger was four times wounded,
was scalped, and thought to be dead. He was
shot through the cheek and a portion of his
neck, his clothing taken from him, and lie remained
in that condition from 2 p. m. until
the evening of the following day, when he
rescued by a number of men sent out for tlle
purpose of burying him. Ile was taken
home in a sled, in which he could be carried
easier than in a wagon, and it was some time
before he entirely recovered from his wound.
Mr. Willbarger died on his farm, five miles
north of Bastrop, in 1845, leaving a wife and
four children. They had seven children, two
of whom lived to be grown: Harvey and
John. The latter was killed by Indians on
the Rio Grande river, while in the ranging
service. He joined a company at the age of
fourteen years, and his sole object was to
avenge his father's death, which occurred before
he was twenty years old. Both he and
his companion were killed while eating
dinner, and the other companion was
wounded. Harvey died in 1873, leaving
Mrs. Wilbarger was married in 1846, to
Thomas M. Chambers, a native of Kentucky.
He came to Texas in 1836, in command of
a company for the purpose of joining the
fight against the Indians. Colonel Chain
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