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 William Riley Gotcher

William Riley Gotcher

Birth
Franklin County, Alabama, USA
Death 20 Mar 1897 (aged 64)
May, Brown County, Texas, USA
Burial May, Brown County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 18363549 · View Source
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Son of James W. Gotcher and Mary Nancy (Arlege) Gotcher.

Married Rhoda Margaret Hancock on May 9, 1855 in McLennan Co., Texas.

Father of John Harvey Gotcher, Charles Loyd Gotcher, Joel Alexander Gotcher, Riley Carrol Gotcher, and Samuel Nathaniel Gotcher.

James Gotcher moved to Texas from Alabama. His family is listed in Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families Vol. II. The date was January 1834. James and his wife Nancy had four sons, Samuel, Nathaniel, James Jr. and William Riley and a daughter, Jane Crawford. Jane's husband was killed at the Alamo. James was commissioned to build a road to connect San Felipe de Austin and Mina (present day Bastrop). This was known as Goacher's or Gotier's Trace. James , Samuel and Nathaniel received land from the Ayuntamiento. All men over the age of 21 were eligible to receive land grants when they settled in Texas. As a married man with a family, James got a league and a labor. James built his farm on Rabbs Creek in present day Lee County. About March of 1837, Indians raided the farm. James and his two oldest sons were away cutting firewood. Nancy bravely defended her children with a gun before being shot and killed by arrows. James and his sons rushed back to the cabin and were also killed. James' two youngest sons, James, Jr., William Riley, Jane and her young daughter were taken captive. Three days after the tragedy, Colonel Edward Burleson came to the home site and buried the dead. A Texas State Historical marker has been placed on the grave site. The captives were taken to Oklahoma, traded to the Choctaw tribe, and held for about a year. Charles Spalding ransomed the family from the Indians in the summer of 1837. Charles and Jane were married. Charles became guardian of the children.
William Riley operated a freight business with ox drawn wagons. He was partners with Harden Bundrant. He and his partner married daughters of William Hancock. William Riley married Rhoda. Harden married Nancy Jane. The Gotchers lived in Bell County then Coryell County for several years. William Riley was in the Mounted Rangers "The Texians". The Mounted Rangers were for the defense of the frontier against the Indians. The family moved to Brown County in 1876. They lived at May Texas. William Riley was partners with "Newt" Beasley. A story of their cattle drives is in "Trail Drivers of Texas." Court records for Brown County Texas show that the U.S. Government made reimbursement to them for horses stolen by Indians in McCulloch County, Texas.




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  • Created by: Terry Teague
  • Added: 12 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18363549
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Riley Gotcher (17 Aug 1832–20 Mar 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18363549, citing Lost Creek Cemetery, May, Brown County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Terry Teague (contributor 46866050) .