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 Aaron Cherry

Aaron Cherry

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Oct 1856 (aged 77–78)
Romayor, Liberty County, Texas, USA
Burial Liberty County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 12947679 · View Source
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Aaron Cherry was born September 22, 1746 in Virginia and served with the 5th Pennsylvania according to his grave marker. We apparently have no other information on his service and no one knows who placed the marker on his grave site on Plantation Ranch located on the east side of the Trinity River near Romayor, Texas in north Liberty County. The published Cherry Family History states Aaron Cherry and his sons settled in Liberty County, Texas in 1834 and Aaron died there October 2, 1856. No patriotic organization has placed a marker on this gravesite located on land owned by Bill Daniels. This should be a gravesite for both the SAR and the SRT.

from Dvid L Clark:
The only proven spouse of Aaron Cherry was Eleanor Spenser (c. 1781-bef. 1850) as documented in the census of the Atasacito District of the Department of Texas under Mexican rule taken 31 July 1826. That same census lists Aaron as age 47 and born in Pennsylvania. His occupation is listed as farmer and stock raiser.

Aaron was born in Ohio. He moved to Louisiana in 1813, and finally to Texas about 1819.Aaron Cherry moved to Texas in 1818. He said he left his previous homes because it was getting so crowded you could "hear the sound of his neighbor's ax." He settled on a bluff on the Trinity River. He chose the spot because the wild cattle and deer grew fat from feeding on the "switch cane" which thrived in the river bottom. The area is where Shepherd, Texas is today.

Cherry raised cotton, sugar cane, corn, and tobacco. He traded with the Indians and with the pirate settlement on Galveston of Jean Laffite. Laffite would often bring a ship up the Trinity to trade coffee, quinine, and other goods for Cherry's crops, bear meat, and hides. When Aaron Cherry was an old man, he complained to his children of his mind's willingness to go on a hunt with them but his body was unable. His children, wanting him to again enjoy the thrill of the hunt, chased a bear into his front yard so he could shoot it. Cherry Point Gulley in Chambers County is said to be named for Aaron Cherry.

Before one could obtain land from the Mexican Government, it was necessary for him to have a certificate of good character from an official of the Mexican Government. In the certificate of character issued to Mr. Cherry by James B. Woods, Alcalde, of the jurisdiction of Liberty, December 20, 1834, it is stated that he is a native of Ohio, with a family of 5.

On September 5, 1835, Mr. Cherry received title to one league (4428 acres) of land from the Mexican Government, situated in what is now Liberty County, Texas. The title was issued by Charles S. Taylor of Nacogdoches (Volume 26, Page 109, Spanish Archives in the General Land Office in Austin).
In 1936 the Texas Centennial Committee named Aaron Cherry's home the oldest permanent settlement in the state.


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  • Created by: Nedra Innerarity Creamer
  • Added: 10 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12947679
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Aaron Cherry (1778–2 Oct 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12947679, citing Plantation Ranch Cemetery, Liberty County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nedra Innerarity Creamer (contributor 46607808) .