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dm13 (#47552768)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 20 days
Lynda Lehmann-French
RJ GILL (cousin relationship)
David, I put our direct line down to you & your mother/father and YEP we are confirmed 4th cousins!

Lynda Lehmann-French

Added by Lynda Lehmann-French on May 12, 2014 4:05 PM

Lynda Lehmann-French
Robert James Gill & Col John Porter Gill
Wow. The one thing you have in your message that is not in my tree is that you said Col. John Porter Gill was once married (all accounts I had notes stated he never married).

Below is some of my notes regarding the cemetery land ownership (2 acres reserved forever from the sale of the land)...

(Ref: See Ft. Bend County Probate Records of 1870 and 1871, PROBATE MINUTES VOLUMES D-2, Pages 418, 484-485, 492-493, 528 & 553):
where John P. Gill willed a 'considerable Estate' to Peter Lawler West's 5 children: Martha A. West, John James West (both minors over 14 yrs old)and Mary E. West, R.M. West, and Peter T. West (all 3 minors under 14 years of age) on Friday, November 10, 1871. It refers to John P. Gill as the children's "Grand Uncle", thus assume he was Virena Clementine Gill-West's
Uncle. There was a sixth child apparently born between this will of John P. Gill when Peter Lawler West died in 1873 because Virena Clementine Gill-West's death notice states that when her husband died in 1873 he left her with 6 children (not 5) and 3 survived her listing them as:
John J. West of Lampasas; and
Mrs. Mattie Cage of Blanco, Tx; and
nd Mrs. Emma Beall of Houston (Notable: Virena Clementine Gill-West died at the home of this daughter on January 25, 1909). Virena's Blanco Pastor, J.T. Gillett wrote this
in the obituary about her life and death:

"Mrs. Virena West was born in Alabama, or it may have been Mississippi, September 15, 1831, and
died in Houston, Texas, at the home of her daughter, Mrs Emma Beall,January 25, 1909. She was the daughter of R.J. and Elizabeth Gill. She
was converted in early life and joined the Methodist Church and remained a faithful member all of her long life. She married Peter Lawley West near Clinton, Miss., in 1852. In company with her father's family they moved to Texas in the Fall of that year, settling in Ft. Bend County where the greater portion of her life was spent. In 1873 her husband died, leaving her with six children, three of them surviving her --
John J. West, of Lampasas; Mrs. Mattie Cage, of Blanco; and Mrs. Emma Beall, Houston-- from whose home her redeemed spirit ascended to the
home of the glorified. In 1884 she and her children moved to Blanco,Texas, and it was there in 1895 that this writer was her pastor, and I
recall now her beautiful Christian life. She was specially fitted for ministration to the sick. Whenever in town where people were sick there you would find Sister West, familiarly known in her last days as Grandma West.
She served her generation well, and in God's own time he called her to her reward on high.
May the Lord bless the sorrowing one of her own and help each one to serve God so that in the end they may see her who left them a benediction in her long and godly life.
J.T Gillett.
El Paso"

The Ft. Bend Co probate records show Peter Lawley West was made Administrator of his 5 children's inheritance from John P. Gill and that Peter was a J.P of Ft. Bend Co. Beat 5! On November 20, 1871 Peter may have had some financial difficulties as he got approved from the court to take $300 per annum for the care and education of the children as he stated that Peter L. West Guardian over the children and Estate had no income of his own but that derived from the labor of his hands and the cultivation of his farm, which was barely sufficient to support his wife and children. He was approved to use the money for his taxes in 1871 and for the education and care of his children.

Col. John P. Gill and Emory H. Darst were both veterans of the Texas Revolution and in particular the Battle of San Jacinto. Peter Lawley West, Henry Boone, Thomas Tarver, William N. Sims, J.B. Hargraves, Chester C. Kennelly were also Confederate Veterans. They are all amongst those buried at Snake Creek Cemetery. The land donors for the cemetery were Peter L. West and William Cole of the Estate of Jeremiah Cole. As neighbors, Peter owned 500 acres of the Reuben Wood League, a Mexican Land Grant, and the Coles owned the adjoining Peter Conrad 1/4 League. The old Mexican league line separated their property -- West's to the
west, and Cole to the east of the survey line. This league line is still used by present day surveyors, and the latest survey plat (as of 1984)showed that the line runs through the cemetery.

In 1860 the adjoining neighbor, William Cole, gave through his attorney John Adriance, a Deed in Religious Trust to Peter West. An abstract of the deed reads in part: "William Cole of Brazoria...for and in the consideration of the veneration and respect he has for the Christian Religion, and the true worship of Almighty God has given and granted and does by these presents give unto Peter L. West ...for church purposes...commencing at a have and to hold the above granted lot of land unto the said Peter L. West, his heirs, executors, and Administrators, in fee simple forever. With this Especial Trust and Confidence however, that is to say that it is to be held by him, his heirs, and executors, and administrators Sacred for the purposes of worship--and a resting place for the Dead, and for no other use or purpose whatsoever".

After the death of Peter Lawley West in 1873, the family moved to Blanco County and soon started selling the family land in Fort Bend Co. in various sized tracts. The next deed reference pertinent to this cemetery is recorded in 1887 when Mrs. Virena West, et al, sold a 102 acre tract which included the cemetery. The Deed read in part: "containing 102 acres, less two acres heretofore given off for a church and cemetery, and which two acres we now reserve from this sale." A survey for the sale of the 102 acre tract in 1978 platted the cemetery for the first time. The survey shows the cemetery as being fenced and that the old Mexican league line, as shot by the surveyor, goes through the cemetery. From the survey one can see that about 3/4 of the cemetery was from Peter L. West's land and that 1/4 came from the Cole donation.

One Family gathers annually on Memorial Day for an old fashioned cemetery scraping of their large plot. Several families mow their plots from time to time and have placed tombstones on identified unmarked graves. Several families have taken on cleaning other plots after the winter freeze of families of these early settlers that have died out or moved away (e.g., or families that are not yet aware or found this cemetery, including myself (Lynda Lehmann-French) as of this date of Nov. 8, 1992 -- I had just learned of this cemetery location and DID finally find it!).

In the 1950's an old barbed wire fence was replaced with a chain link fence to keep the cattle out of the cemetery (combined effort of several families). According to Frank Boone the old Snake Creek Church (non-denominational) was completely demolished in the 1932 storm. The cemetery is on a high spot (not a flood area), but access to it is prohibited during heavy rains or high waters. It is said that this cemetery was likely a look-out area for army scouts and may have been one on Santa Anna's movements in the county in 1836, where one of Santa Anna's marches was only several miles north of the Snake Creek Cemetery. Mr. Frank Boone had heard that a company of soldiers camped there and that some of those soldiers died from an epidemic and were buried there and that may have been how the burying ground got started. Mr. Frank Boone attended the church when he was young (came to Ft. Bend in 1912) and recalls the preacher was Drachenberg from Beasley and baptized in the San Bernard river at Bridle Crossing on the river (so assumes he was a Baptist preacher in a non-denominational church). He recalls the Church was to the west of the cemetery, faced east, had three windows and a front door (size approx. 20' X 20', no steeple, no cross, and had a broken out-of-commission organ, made of red cedar log, moss and mud filling up the cracks between logs in the walls, no nails, pegged and notched, seats made of logs flat on top and bottom).

(Masonic Member) or and middle name Lawley according to some documents.

Likely our Peter Lawley West below...:

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
about Peter L. West
Name: Peter L. West
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Texas
Regiment Name: 35 Texas Cavalry (Brown's Regiment)
Regiment Name Expanded: 35th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Brown's)
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M227 roll 39

Added by Lynda Lehmann-French on Apr 06, 2014 10:26 AM

RE: Edwin Brashear
Hi,got the transfer done. Noticed you spelt his middle name different from what I have on his memorial. If you click on the tombstone photo,you can clearly see it spelt Decluit.So who ever did the stone must have spelt it wrong.

Added by LADONNA GREER COLLETT on Oct 28, 2013 11:43 AM

Edwin Brashear
Hi, I added his parents names. Are you related, I don't mind transfers.

Added by LADONNA GREER COLLETT on Oct 27, 2013 9:17 PM

Kathy Adams
RE: Fannie Brashear
Your suggestions have been added to her memorial per your request.

Added by Kathy Adams on Oct 26, 2013 12:28 PM

Joyce Brown
Thank you very much for the info. I think I got it all corrected. My ex husbands Grandmother (step) was Clara Elnoria Carter Brown. She was married to Henry Cullman Brown.,

Added by Joyce Brown on Aug 06, 2013 6:35 AM

Butterfly Rose
are you asking me to do?


Added by Butterfly Rose on Jan 21, 2013 4:27 PM


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