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Col Trezevant Calhoun Hawpe

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Col Trezevant Calhoun Hawpe

  • Birth 18 Sep 1820 Franklin County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1863 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 18882806

The first to come to Texas and the Dallas area were the proverbial three brothers: John Hawpe, Roland Montgomery Hawpe and Trezevant Calhoun Hawpe. It is known that they camped overnight within the northeast boundaries of Texas in December 1845. They came here from the area of Weakley County, Tennessee and Graves County, Kentucky.

The Three Nephews

The oldest of the three men, Trezevant Calhoun Hawpe, came to Dallas County as a widower with a one-year old son, John Roland Hawpe, and was married on May 31, 1848 to Electa Ann Underwood Bethurum, widow of Robert Bethurum, and daughter of C(S)yrus and Fannie Underwood. His first wife and the mother of this child is unknown; she died in Tennessee or Kentucky before he moved to Rylie Springs.

The Hawpe homeplace in Dallas was located at present Augusta and Junius Streets. Roughly, the boundaries of the farm were: Santa Fe Railroad on the south, Junius Street on the north, Henderson Street on the west and Fulton Street on the east. Junius Street at that time was known as " Hawpe Lane " and was the main road leading east out of the settlement toward the present White Rock Lake . This land was not acquired by land grant. T. C. Hawpe received a Peters Colony grant, but it was sold unlocated and was later patented in Tarrant County .

Trezevant Hawpe did some farming; this was necessary for livelihood in that time and place. He did a lot of "trading" also. He owned a large amount of land (or at least had title to it) and the economics of the era allowed for the sale and exchange of land in lieu of money. Trezevant Hawpe served as Sheriff of Dallas County for two terms of office from 1850-1854. He presided over the first hanging in the county in 1853. He was also sheriff at the time of the "Hedgecox Wars", a bitter dispute between Peters Colony administrators and the settlers.

He organized a regiment of cavalry to serve from the Dallas area during the Civil War. In May of 1862 he was promoted to the office of colonel of the regiment. The regiment, known as "Hawpe's Regiment of the Texas Cavalry", became known later as the "31st" Regiment. He saw action in Missouri and Kansas; however, he was wounded early and resigned due to wounds received and was released on November 11, 1862.

Trezevant Hawpe returned home to Dallas and just ten months later (August 12, 1863) was killed in a disagreement with Daniel Caster over the outcome of a sale of hogs. Hawpe was buying supplies for the Confederate Army and Caster outbid him on the sale. Hawpe became belligerent and argumentative; Caster turned on him and stabbed him seven times. Hawpe died from the wounds received. (Caster was later "no-billed" by a grand jury.) There must have been previous ill feeling between the two men; nothing further is known. The newspaper of the day referred to it as an "un­fortunate encounter", but gave no further information.

Trezevant Hawpe was a charter member of the Tannehill Masonic Lodge and was buried with the full honors of that order in the Masonic Cemetery (now Dallas Pioneer Park Cemetery) in Dallas . He was only 43 years old, having been born in Franklin County, Georgia, on September 16, 1820, oldest child of George Hawpe and Mary Campbell. He was survived by his wife, ten children/stepchildren, a brother and a sister.

Trezevant Hawpe died intestate; the estate was in litigation for many years. As stated before, he owned a large amount of land (some of it in partnership with other parties), and for some reason, either due to poor management or bad advice, the bulk of the estate was consumed before settlement ever was completed. As late as 1903, the heirs were still seeking a fair and equitable settlement and division.

Content drawn from Proud Heritage


The tombstone reads August 12, 1863 for death date. Newspaper article published in 1863 reports date as August 14, 1863.


We are sadly pained to announce the death of our friend and fellow citizen Col. T. C. Hawpe. He fell in an unfortunate re ............. at this place, last Friday evening, the particulars of which it is not necessary to here state. He was one of our oldest and interprising citizens. A man of great energy and determination of character. Dedicated thoroghly with the spirit of the times, and devoted to the good of the country, as well as the interest of his own immediate section. This deplorable event has cast a gloom over the community, and his death is deeply lamented as a loss to the county at a time when the services of her people are needed. As Colonel of the regiment he raised about 18 months ago, he was popular and much beloved; he behaved with gallantry at the battle of Newtonia and other engagements in Missouri and Arkansas. But He is gone from the scenes of glory and usefullness, - - his distressed family,- - his devoted sister, his wife and children, while they mourn his unexpected death, will long cherish his tenderness and devotion, his warm and loving heart; their memory will live with them as one of the treasures of after life, of which none can rob them!

He was buried at the Masonic Cemetry (sic) with the honors of that Order, a vast concourse of friends and acquainatices (sic) accompanying his remains to their last resting place.

Col. T. C. Hawpe was born 16th September, 1821(should be 1820) , in the State of Georgia. He afterward lived in Tennessee and Kentucky and immigrated to Texas in 1846, shared and endured the hardships of the Texan pioneers and by industry and perseverance accumulated a goodly share of this world's goods. He died Aug. 14th, 1863, leaving a wife and seven children, an affectionate sister and a brother, all citizens of this county.

Dallas Herald, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas -Aug. 18, 1863 - Tuesday.

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