Stirpes, Volume 40, Number 2, June 2000 Page: 3
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John Gaston Barbee, Hico Pioneer
By M.I. Knudsen
John Gaston Barbee was a pioneer "of broad
vision and determination, a member of a race of
men who had empire in their brains and who laid
the solid foundation on which the mighty
commonwealth of Texas was firmly fixed. He was
on board the first boat that ever sailed up the
Trinity River. He was a citizen of Alabama
before the battle of San Jacinto stirred the
patriotic zeal of men who loved liberty
everywhere." Thus says an obituary published in
the Hico News Reviewon August 18, 1921. The
article continues, "He was present when the Red
Man made his home in the wilds of their land and
he joined in the campaigns that were necessarily
launched from time to time to push the Indian
further west, to the land of the setting sun, to
make room for the stalwart tread of the myriads
of Anglo-Saxons who were to people this land
with that same conquering determination that
has aroused the admiration of the world and
written in glowing letters an illustrious page in
John Gaston Barbee was born September 9,
1832 in Jones County, Tennessee. When he was
three, his family moved to Alabama where John
lived until he was nineteen.
In 1851, he came to Texas and sailed up the
Trinity River to Leon County. It was here that he
met Amelia Carson whom he married the
In 1859, he moved his family to Hamilton
County where he bought a large tract of fertile
land and stocked it with many cattle and sheep.
Two years after he arrived in Hamilton
County, Barbee joined the Confederate Army in
Texas. He served with distinction in Gano's
Brigade under Captain Goodrich.
Mrs. Sylvia Day, wife of John Barbee's great
grandson T.J. Day, of Escondido, California, has
done a great deal of research into the family
history. She says ten children were born to
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