|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1832|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1908|
Six years after his father died, Samuel left Tennessee with his brother Newell and his family and is seen on the 1850, [Webberville] Texas, census with them. He is shown to be an 18 year old laborer. It was at this time that he joined the TEXAS RANGERS and served in the famed Captain John S. "Rip" Ford's Company Texas Mounted Volunteers. [NOTE; This was Ford's first stint with the Texas Rangers...1849-1851. Ironically, Samuel's brother Newell served as Chaplain with Ford during his second stint with the Rangers...February 1858 - August 1858; November 1858 - May 1859.] The 1860, Travis County, Texas, census shows Samuel is now married and with two children, son George and daughter Mary. His occupation is shown as a "wagoner". His brother Newell, the preacher, and his family are also shown to be in Webberville on the same 1860 census. Samuel's occupation is listed as a "wagoner" and his personal estate is valued at $2,000.
The Civil War breaks out and Samuel organized a company for the Confederate service which became Co. D., of the 30th Texas cavalry and was elected captain.
When he returned from the war, he moved his family 40 - 50 miles northwest to Florence, Williamson County, Texas. The 1870 census shows Sam and Susan with an additional two children, son John, and daughter Afton. He is now listed as a farm laborer. The 1880 census indicates that Sam has been elected sheriff of Williamson County and he and his family now live in Georgetown, Texas. [It is interesting to point out that listed on that census, with Sam and his family, is a person named Lockhart. Lockhart's occupation is listed as "prisoner" and his relationship is listed as "in-gale".] He serves as sheriff from 1874 to 1881.
During this time, the infamous Sam Bass and his gang of outlaws were busy robbing trains, banks and stagecoaches. The Texas Rangers and the Williamson Co. Sheriff's department received a tip that the Bass Gang was coming into Round Rock, Texas, with the intentions of robbing the bank. On Friday, July 19, 1878, the Rangers and the sheriff's department set up a stakeout at the bank. Members of the gang were observed entering a store next door to the bank. Deputy Sheriff ALIJAH W. "CAIGE' GRIMES. [A. W. Grimes] approached one of the gang members and asked him if he was armed. The suspect responded by shooting and killing the deputy. Alerted by the shooting, one of the Rangers who was getting a shave at that moment, jumped up out of the barber's chair and rushed outside and shot two of the fleeing men. One was killed and the other escaped, but was found the next morning wounded in a pasture north of town. The wounded man turned out to be the gang's leader, Sam Bass. When asked who had shot him, he said all he knew was the man who shot him had shaving cream on his face, and then later died of his wounds.
After leaving the office of sheriff, Samuel Strayhorn was elected to the office of Tax Collector.
Bio. researched and submitted by Strain Hilton Armstrong
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"Samuel M. Strayhorn was a native of NC from whence he removed as a lad to Tennessee, and in 1847 came to Texas, settling in the northern part of Williamson County. He became one of the prominent men among the pioneers of that rich and interesting county, and rendered valued service in the State Rangers for nine years before the outbreak of the war between the North and South, in ridding the community of Indians and desperados. He later entered the cattle business as a pioneer of Central Texas, and in this met with a full measure of success, his operations making him independently wealthy. At the start of the Civil War, Mr. Strayhorn organized a company for the Confederate service which became Co. D. of the Thirtieth Texas Cavalry, was elected Captain thereof; and subsequently rendered valued services in repelling the invasion of Northern troops. With the of the "Lost Cause" he returned to the pursuits of peace, and continued to be engaged in the stock business in Williamson County up to 1873, in which year he was elected sheriff, collector and assessor of that county and served several terms, and later moved to Granger, Texas, where he lived to the time of his death."
-A HISTORY OF TEXAS AND TEXANS
By Frank W. Johnson (Francis White Johnson)
A Leader in the Texas Revolution, VOL III, page 1234
-Researched and submitted by Strain Hilton Armstrong
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Capt. S.M. Strayhorn, aged past 70, died yesterday at Granger. Father of Dr. J.M. Strayhorn. Confederate. Survived by wife and three children: Dr. J.M. of Waco, Mrs. Lee Clark of Rockdale, and Mrs. Dr. Pipkin of Elberta La. Waco Times-Herald, Tuesday, August 11, 1908
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Granger, Williamson Co., Tex., Aug. 11. -- Capt. Sam M. Strayhorn died at his home here Monday at noon and was buried with Masonic honors at the Granger Cemetery today. Capt. Strayhorn was 76 years of age and came to Texas with his parents about sixty years ago. He was one of the first settlers of this county and for a number of years served as Sheriff and Tax Collector. He is survived by a widow and four children. Dr. J.M. Strayhorn of Waco, George Strayhorn of Granger, Mrs. Dr. Pipkin of Waco and Mrs. Lee Clark of Rockdale. Dallas Morning News, August 12, 1908
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David Strayhorn (1795 - 1841)
Sarah B Tate Strayhorn (1801 - 1866)
Susan D. Smith Strayhorn (1833 - 1911)
George Y. Strayhorn (1856 - 1924)*
Mary Alice Strayhorn Pipkin (1858 - 1931)*
John Marshal Strayhorn (1861 - 1930)*
Afton O Strayhorn Clark (1868 - 1927)*
Newell T. Strayhorn (1822 - 1905)*
Samuel Marshal Strayhorn (1832 - 1908)
Robert Jasper Strayhorn (1835 - 1897)*
Sarah Jane Strayhorn Cooper (1840 - 1885)*
We Loved Him
Granger City Cemetery
Plot: Section 3
Maintained by: Strain Armstrong
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Nov 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22881277