Finders Keepers, Volume 2, Number 3, August 1985 Page: 100
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HORATIO GATES BRUCE FAMILY
My knowledge of my great grandfather Horatio Gates Bruce
and my great grandmother Patsy Palmer Graves Bruce is only from
stories told to me by my two aunts George Etta Dickinson Bandy
and Viola Gertrude Dickinson Harp. These stories were told to
me over a period of over fifty years when I would visit them,
and we would look at old pictures and letters written by them.
Horatio Gates Bruce was born in Kentucky, September 4, 1824.
He married Patsy Palmer August 3, 1848. Patsy Bruce was born
December 24, 1824 or 1823. She had previously been married and
had two small children, Hiram P. Graves born January 22, 1845,
and William B. Graves, birth date unknown.
It is not certain when H. G. Bruce came to Texas and where
he and Patsy were married. I do know all or most of the children
were born in Texas. They had five children: Richard born
July 19, 1849, Horatio Jr. born December 16, 1851, George A. born
July 10, 1855, Clarissa Rebecca born August 10, 1857, and John
Henry born June 10, 1860. Of these five only three survived to
adulthood. They settled in Johnson County where Horatio Gates
Bruce took part in establishing the Rock Creek Baptist Church.
He kept a record of the members of this church for sometime and
much of my information is taken from this record and letters he
wrote to Patsy while he was away fighting for the Confederate
Army during the Civil War.
Horatio G. organized a company of men when the Civil War
broke out and left Texas with Robert E. Lee. My fatherhad a ledger
that had the signatures of all of the men in H.G. 's company. It
also had Robert E. Lee's signature. This ledger was destroyed
when my father's house burned in Joshua in July, 1944. History
supports some of this as Robert E. Lee was in command of the Union
army in Texas until Texas seceded from the Union in 1861. At that
time Lee was recalled and he left Texas to resign his commission
in the Union Army.
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Johnson County Genealogical Society (Tex.). Finders Keepers, Volume 2, Number 3, August 1985, periodical, August 1985; Cleburne, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth355328/m1/33/?q=%22Horatio%20Gates%20Bruce%22: accessed December 4, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Johnson County Genealogical Society.