William Jones Elliot Heard

William Jones Elliot Heard

Tennessee, USA
Death 8 Aug 1874 (aged 72)
Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, USA
Cenotaph Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, USA
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WILLIAM JONES ELLIOT HEARD, Born near Knoxville, Tennessee, August 16, 1801, a son of Stephen Rhodes and Jemima (Menefee) Heard, was a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. His mother was a sister of William Menefee, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
William was married to America Morton, near Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was the daughter of Rev. Quinn Morton, and was born in Tennessee May 3, 1808 and moved to Alabama in 1811.

On October 30, 1830 the family migrated in a caravan of colonists from Tuscumbia to Texas and included in the migration, was Mrs. Jemima Heard, Williams's mother. They arrived at the Navidad River where the town of Texana, Jackson County, was later built. The Heard's secured land in Austin's Third Colony, situated about six miles from Texana. In 1833 they moved to the site of the present town of Egypt, Wharton County.

In 1832 William J. E. Heard was elected Second Lieutenant in Captain Joseph K. Looney's company of Volunteers recruited in the Lavaca settlement. In 1835 he was on a visit to Alabama and for that reason did not participate in the campaign of that year On February 1, 1836 he enrolled as First Lieutenant of Captain Thomas J. Rabb's Company of Citizen Soldiers. Captain Rabb joined the "Runaway Scrape" and Lieutenant Heard succeeded him in command. The company at San Jacinto was officially Company F, First Regiment of Texas Volunteers. In Bounty Certificate No. 1902 issued to him January 17, 1838, for 320 acres of land, it is stated that Captain Heard enlisted in the army of Texas at Gonzales February 29 and was discharged at Victoria May 30, 1836. In a letter written by Captain Heard and published in the Texas Almanac in 1860 he stated that he arrived at Gonzales March 6, 1836. He received Donation Certificate No. 614 for 640 acres of land November 20, 1838, for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

Captain Heard was on September 28, 1838 elected Chief Justice, of Colorado County. In 1840 Captain Heard accompanied Colonel John H. Moore on a campaign against Indians on the upper Colorado River. In 1842 he participated in the Woll campaign.

Captain Heard, his mother and wife were devout members of the Methodist Church. Their home was also the home of itinerant ministers. In 1837 Dr. Martin Ruter and Rev. J. W. Kinney organized a church in their home.

Captain Heard's wife died June 18, 1855. His mother, born February 28, 1782, died January 27, 1859. The two are buried in the Heard family cemetery at Egypt. In 1865 Captain Heard moved to what is now Chapel Hill. Several months after the death of his wife, Captain Heard was married to a Miss Glass. They had no children. Captain Heard died of dropsy August 8, 1874. The State of Texas erected a monument at his grave in the Masonic cemetery at Chapel Hill in 1933. The second Mrs. Heard died in June, 1878.

A letter written by William Heard to the Editors Texas Almanac is as follows:

"In October, 1830, I started from North Alabama near Tuscumbia for Texas. I arrived on the Navidad, near Texanna, in December, and located my headright league about six miles from Texanna, now Jackson county. I lived there two years, and then moved to the Colorado and settled at Egypt, now Wharton county. I lived there until 1866, and then moved to Chapell Hill, where I am now living. I am now in my seventieth year, quite feeble, and my eyes very dim, which you will see from my writing, not being able to see the lines.
I joined the army in 1836, at Gonzales, on the 28th of February. I was elected Captain of Company C, in Col. Burleson's regiment. I retreated with the army to San Jacinto, fought in that battle, and then followed the enemy until they left the country. I was discharged at Victoria, by Col. Somerville, and my discharge was dated the 30th of May, 1836. The Winter before last I had the misfortune to have my house burnt. I saved some of my books and papers, and some were burnt. I have not been able to find my discharge, and suppose it was burnt. I have now a land certificate for services rendered in 1836, commencing the 28th of February and ending the 30th of May issued by Charles Moran, Secretary of War. I was well acquainted with General Sherman at the battle of San Jacinto, and he knows I was there. I can recollect of but one man of my company now living; that is Joel Robinson of Fayette. He is one of the men that captured Santa Anna.
WM. J. E. Heard."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 29968015
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Jones Elliot Heard (16 Aug 1801–8 Aug 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29968015, citing Masonic Cemetery, Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Scott" Patrick (contributor 46858998) .