|Birth: ||Mar. 8, 1796|
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 1874|
Waco Daily Examiner, Wed., 25 Feb 1874, p. 3, c. 2
Waco, McLennan County, Texas
At Masterville, on yesterday, the 24th, at 3 a.m., Capt. Thomas H. Barron, one of the oldest settlers in all this region of country. He came to Texas at an early day in her history and was closely identified with her interests. Was prominent in the struggles of the infant settlements of the borders, against both Indian and Mexican foes. His numerous and attached friends among the old frontiersmen will pause and drop a tear to the memory of one who was always foremost in all the perils and hardships of the men who wrested from the savages the fairest land beneath the sun. One of our leading citizens, came to this part of he State in 1844, and found Capt. Barron living at Viesco, on the Brazos, in what was then called Milam county. He followed with interest the career of this old frontier hero and joins his testimony to that of others in rating the dead Frontiersman; a hero, a gentleman, and honest man. By his industry he accumulated quite a handsome property and was perhaps one of the richest men in this section, at the time of his death. We tender so the afflicted family our warmest sympathy in their bereavement.
Thomas Hudson Barron was the son of John M Barron and Susan Mattingly Barron. He married first Elizabeth Carnall on February 20, 1820 in Miller County, Arkansas. They had 12 children. Elizabeth died March 22, 1846 in Falls County, Texas. He married second Mary Jane Shelton on September 3, 1846 in Falls County, Texas. They had 10 children.
Written by John C. Barron:
A Historical Marker was erected at the grave of Thomas Hudson Barron in the Texas Ranger Museum Cemetery at Waco, McLennan County, Texas on March 2, 1999. He served in the War of 1812. By 1820 he was a settler in Miller Co, Arkansas Territory. He lived in Stephen F. Austin's Colony in Washington County, Texas in the early 1830's and received several land grants. In the Texas Revolution, he was a captain of a company that took part in the Battle of San Jacinto. Thomas Barron was best known as a Texas Ranger captain in the 1840's. He helped tame the central Texas country around what later became McLennan County. He also served his community by holding various public offices.
Per conversation with Theron Palmer, a Barron descendant;
By 1804 the Barrons were in central Kentucky. Thomas Hudson Barron signed up for 6 months in the War of 1812 and was in the Battle of New Orleans. When Oklahoma opened up to settlement, about 1/2 the Barrons went to lay claim to "Indian land" and were approved. Then the 2nd wave of Barrons went and were not approved. Theron states that he has not found any evidence whatsoever that there is any Indian blood in the Barron line.
From the Harrison County Genealogical Society(PO Box 597 Marshall, Texas 75671-0597):
One Hundred and Fifty + Years of Living in Texas, by Alice Barron
The First Families of Texas certificate acquisition seemed like a simple task as I read about it. I thought I could do it very easily, so I mailed a request for the necessary information and forms. When I received the packet with all those papers, I began what I thought would take a very short time. HA! I sent in the land grant research forms. I got back what I asked for with a note that my ancestor had received 2 land grants and they didn't know if that was entirely legal. Well, what am I supposed to do about that! Then I proceeded with the rest of the required proof. I sent for the land grant records. I started looking for and making copies of census records, birth certificates, death certificates, Bible records, marriage licenses, printed genealogy, and anything else that would help. Next, there were several forms to fill out and mail along with everything else. (And don't forget the application fee!) After many long months of hard work, came many long months of waiting to see if I qualified for the certificate. Finally, in October 1997 I received the CERTIFICATE in the mail. I am very proud of my great great great great grandfather who came to Texas in 1831. Thomas Hudson Barron arrived in what was later to become the state of Texas. He settled in Robertson's Colony on the banks of the Brazos River. He brought with him a wife, Elizabeth, 4 children, and 23 other dependents. His occupation was listed as "farmer." In 1836, he enlisted in Sterling C. Robertson's Rangers as a Sergeant. He was soon promoted to Captain. His company built several forts on the frontier including Fort Fisher in present day Waco. He served as the first Clerk of the first District court in McLennan County. He built a home for his family in Washington, Independence County, Texas and later sold it to Sam Houston. Thomas Hudson Barron was born March 8, 1796 in Virginia and died February 24, 1874, in Masterville, Texas. He was buried in Tom Cox cemetery. In 1976 , his remains were moved to Oakwood Cemetery at Fort Fisher in Waco. There is a state historical marker on his grave there. He was married twice and had 22 children and a long line of descendants!
[PLEASE NOTE: the above is an article from the Harrison County Genealogical Society. I copied it as written which includes the error of the name of the cemetery. I am aware of the fact that he is buried at First Street Cemetery.]
Elizabeth Carnall Barron (1802 - 1846)*
Mary Jane Shelton Barron (1830 - 1882)*
Mozella Barron Mixson Cotner Petree (1850 - 1922)*
Mary Ellen Barron Courtney (1854 - 1910)*
Serena E. Barron Reid Quinn (1856 - 1933)*
Viola Barron Sharp Calvery (1862 - 1929)*
Josephine Barron Litteral (1864 - 1899)*
First Street Cemetery
Maintained by: Kathy Nance
Originally Created by: Debbie Cromwell
Record added: May 09, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5433363