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David Hess Garner, Sr
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Birth: 1807
Louisiana, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1864
Calhoun County
Texas, USA

GARNER, DAVID HESS (1807-1864). David Hess Garner, soldier, sheriff, and Republic of Texas congressman, son of Bradley and Sarah Rachel (Harmon) Garner, Sr., was born in St. Landry or Rapides Parish, Louisiana, in 1807. His father was a native of Maryland who moved to Louisiana about 1790 and fought in the battle of New Orleans. David moved to Texas in 1825 with four of his seven siblings, Jacob Harmon Garner, Isaac Garner, Anne (who married Claiborne West), and Sarah (Mrs. John) McGaffey, and settled at Old Jefferson (the site of present Bridge City) on Cow Bayou.

To help resist Antonio López de Santa Anna in 1835, Capt. David Garner organized a company of volunteers. Armed with flintlock muskets and Bowie knives, his group of nineteen men, including his brother Jacob, set out for San Antonio. They arrived at the camp above Bexar on November 16, 1835. On December 4 Garner and his men were mustered into the company of James Chessher and Willis H. Landrum. Garner participated in the siege of Bexar under Gen. Benjamin R. Milam, which resulted in the capture of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos. He was discharged from the army on December 13, 1835. On January 22, 1838, he received a headright certificate for a third of a league of land in Jefferson County. For his service at Bexar he received a donation grant of 640 acres. On December 14, 1838, he received a bounty certificate for 320 acres for service from October 5 to December 13, 1835.

On September 18, 1839, Garner married Matilda Hampshire in Jefferson County. They became the parents of eleven children. The 1840, 1850, and 1860 census list Garner as a farmer and stock raiser. He was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in 1839. He was elected representative to the Fourth Congress of Texas (1839-40) and served one term. He was again elected sheriff of Jefferson County in 1843 and was reelected to the office in 1845. In 1855 he moved his family to old Indianola, where he continued to engage in the cattle business.

During the Civil War Garner, now too old to serve in the army, supplied the Confederate troops with beef. When his son Jacob Hampshire Garner, who had served in the Thirty-third Cavalry, returned home, he found his father penniless, though loaded with Confederate money and still a patriotic citizen of Texas. Garner died in old Indianola on April 10, 1864. His gravestone bears the Masonic emblem. His wife was a devoted Methodist.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: James Cox, Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry (2 vols., St. Louis: Woodward and Tiernan Printing, 1894, 1895; rpt., with an introduction by J. Frank Dobie, New York: Antiquarian, 1959). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
Mary B. Erickson
Brother of Anna, Sarah, Isaac Sr, Jacob Harmon, Bradley Jr and Rachel Garner.

Father of Emily, Jacob Hampshire, David Hess Jr, Claibourn C, Anna, Martha C, John Abner Sr, Matilda Josephine, Sarah Helen, William Bradley Alexander and Mary Clarinda Garner. 
Family links: 
  Matilda Hampshire Garner (1816 - 1890)*
  Emily Garner Williams (1840 - 1866)*
  Jacob Hampshire Garner (1841 - 1914)*
  Claibourn C Garner (1843 - 1919)*
  David Hess Garner (1843 - 1871)*
  Anna Garner Williams (1845 - 1877)*
  Martha C Garner (1847 - 1884)*
  John Abner Garner (1850 - 1920)*
  Matilda Josephine Garner Campbell (1851 - 1931)*
  William Bradley Alexander Garner (1851 - 1910)*
  Sarah Helen Garner Price (1855 - 1932)*
  Mary Clarinda Garner Campbell (1857 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
[Masonic Square & Compass]

In memory of
April 10.A.D. 1864
At the Age of 56

We only know that thou hast gone,
And that the same return less tide,
Which bore thee from us still glides on,
And we who mourn thee with it glide.
Note: Epitaph Text Courtesy of Joe Boyd Williams.
Old Town Cemetery
Calhoun County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Originally Created by: Jerry Spicer
Record added: Apr 25, 2005
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David Hess Garner, Sr
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My 2nd Great GrandfatherRest In Peace
- Joe Boyd Williams
 Added: Mar. 31, 2012

- Leonard J. McCown
 Added: Jan. 11, 2012
The Pains of Death Are Past Labor And Sorrow Cease And Life's Long Warfare Closed At Last His Soul Is Found In Peace
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