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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
More than a century ago, three brothers of the
name of Standefer, came from England, and settled
in this country, one in Virginia, one in South
Carolina, and one on the Western frontier. From
this last Anderson Standefer was descended, being
probably a son. About the beginning of the
present century he married and moved to that part
of Illinois known as the " American Bottoms,"
where he lived till his death some eight or ten
years later. He left surviving him a widow, three
sons, James Williamson, William Bailey and Jacob
Littleton, and a daughter, Sarah. Shortly after
her husband's death, the widow Standefer moved
from Illinois to Alabama, and settled in Franklin
County. From there the family came to Texas
ten years later in 1827, and for a time (about
a year) lived near the line of what is now Brazoria
and Ft. Bend Counties, then designated by the
general name of Austin's Colony. In 1828 they
moved up on the Colorado, and the widow having
married Leman Barker, they all settled in what
was then called Barker's Bend of the Colorado,
about five miles from the present town of Bastrop.
That was then on the extreme frontier of Texas,
and the three sons of this pioneer family, James
Williamson Standefer, William Bailey Standefer,
and Jacob Littleton Standefer, becoming identified
with the history of the country, bore an honorable
part in the same during the struggles which followed.
All three of them were in Houston's army,
and took part in the battle of San Jacinto, besides
serving in numerous Indian campaigns, under
those distinguished leaders, John H. Moore,
Matthew Caldwell, Ed. Burleson, and the McCulloch
brothers, Ben and Henry. They never held
any public positions of note, though the eldest,
James W., was a commissioner in connection with
the capital location proceedings at Austin, when
that place was first made the temporary seat of
government. But in the military defense of the
country they were active and in some degree conspicuous.
James W. Standefer married just previous
to the family's coming to Texas; the other
two, William B. and Jacob L., and the daughter,
Sarah, married after settling in Bastrop County.
William B. Standefer died in Bastrop County some
twelve or fourteen years since, an honored and
respected citizen, and Jacob L. still lives there,
being a resident of Elgin, where he is held in
equally high regard. James W. Standefer after
the death of his wife, Sarah Kive Standefer in 1879,
went to Lampasas, where he made his home till
his death February 19, 1892, being then in the
eighty-fourth year of his age. He was one of
those brave, generous, patriotic men to whom
Texas is so greatly indebted for what it now is as
a State and who profited so little by his long residdence
and arduous services. He has been for
more than forty years previous to his death a member
of the Christian Church and for about fifty
years a member of the Masonic fraternity.
The sons and daughters of James W. and Sarah
Standefer who became grown, thirteen in number,
were: Elizabeth, now widow of David Scott; Mary
widow of Jonathan Scott, both residing in Bastrop
County; William Johnson Standefer of Lampasas;
Thomas Standefer of Burnet County; Sarah widow
of N. B. Scott, residing on the line of Lee and
Bastrop Counties; James Standefer who died some
years since in Bastrop County; Jane the widow of
W. C. Lawhon, of Bastrop County; Richard N.
Standefer, who died in 1889 in Bastrop County;
Elvina, Mrs. Kemp of San Antonio; Arminta
widow of Richard Favors of San Saba County;
Arinda widow of Thomas Wolf, of Burnet County
and Ellen the wife of George Wilson, of Williamson
The data is not at hand to give in this connection
the names of the descendants of William B., Jacob
L. and Sarah (Mrs. J. L. Litton) Standefer but
the following facts concerning James W. Standefer's
descendants may be added. His three sons
William J., Thomas and Richard N., were soldiers
in the Confederate army during the late war, the
eldest as a member of McMillen's Company,
Nelson's Regiment, with which he served a year
when he raised a company of his own for frontier
service, and the other two as members of Capt.
Highsmith's Company, Parson's Regiment. Thomas
Standefer was wounded at Cotton Plant, Arkansas,
and Richard V., at Yellow Bayou. All were good
soldiers and all are or were good citizens.
Richard Vaughn Standefer, born in Bastrop
County, Texas, December 30, 1838, was reared in
his native county and there spent his entire life
except the time he was in the Confederate army.
September 11, 1866, he married Miss Tex Gatlin,
of Bastrop County, and shortly afterwards taking up
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