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Mary Barbour Gilleland
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Birth: unknown
Death: 1840

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Johnstone and Mary Barneur Gilleland came from comfortable homes in Pennsylvania to the great new country of Texas, landing at Galveston and finding a home in Refugio County, near a place called Don Carlos Ranch. Her father was a member of Capt. Tumlinson's company and was active in protecting the homes in that section. It was in the spring of 1840 that a force of Matagorda mounted riflemen of the Republic of Texas were encamped on the San Antonio River to repel Mexican invasions, when a call came that the Comanches had massacred the Gilleland family and carried off the 9-year-old girl (Rebecca) and 7-year-old boy. General Albert Sidney Johnston was in command and the Indians were pursued in the San Antonio bottom, and were finally routed, leaving the children behind. The boy was speared in the side, but recovered after remarkable treatment. Among those in the chase were Dr. A.T. Axson, afterward president of the New Orleans Board of Health; Col. Kerr of the Texas navy, and subsequently Episcopal minister in Baltimore. Dallas Morning News, September 1, 1906
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 Spouse:
  Johnson Gilleland (____ - 1840)
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
 
Created by: BeNotForgot
Record added: Nov 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80833577
 


- BeNotForgot
 Added: Nov. 22, 2011
 
 
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