|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1806|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 1843, Mexico|
William was the son of Thomas B. and Nancy Mosby Eastland. He married Florence Yellowly and after her death in September of 1837 he married Louisa M. Smith in 1839 in Texas. William was a Texas patriot and officer in the Army of the Republic of Texas, serving under Gen Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. He later served the Republic of Texas as a soldier with the ill fated Meir Expedition. After surrendering in battle with the Mexican Army he was one of 17 soldier prisoners executed under orders of Mexican President Santa Anna. Reportedly his last words were: "For my country I have offered all my earthly aspiration and for it I now lay down my life. I never have feared death nor do I now. For my unjustifiable execution I wish no revenge, but die in full confidence of the Christian faith."
In 1848 Eastland's remains, together with those of the other Mier Expedition victims, were moved from Mexico to Monument Hill near La Grange, Texas, for reinterment. Eastland was a cousin of the famed Confederate partisan ranger Col. John Singleton Mosby. Eastland's nephew, Charles Cooper Eastland, a private in Capt. Jacob Roberts' Company F of Col. John Coffee Hays' First Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles, died in Mexico City on December 20, 1847, during the Mexican War. Another nephew, William Mosby Eastland II, was born on March 15, 1843, ten days before the death of his uncle, William Mosby Eastland, at El Rancho Salado, Mexico.
Eastland County, Texas, and the City of Eastland, Texas, are named in William Mosby Eastland's honor.
(Bio excerpts courtesy of "The Handbook of Texas On-Line").
Monument Hill Cemetery
Plot: Burial Vault Monument
Created by: sam sproles
Record added: Jun 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19771572
This image placed on this site indicates this individual is documented with either the Sons or Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having lived in Texas in the years (1836-1846) of the Republic.|
Mervin D. Peters
Added: Jan. 27, 2012
Added: Nov. 9, 2011
Thank you Cousin for your service.|
Jerry N. Gililland-Cousin
Added: Aug. 15, 2009
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