Musgrove Evans

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Jun 1855 (aged 69)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 31061450 · View Source
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MUSGROVE EVANS was born December 17, 1785, in Pennsylvania. He was a surveyor that pioneered the settling of Lenawee County Michigan. He first explored the area in 1823, and after covering a large portion of the area, decided on an area that he thought was the most desirable and beautiful. He interested others in a venture to settle the region, and they eventually founded the city of Tecumseh, Michigan. Musgrove built the first grist and saw mill in the town, and established the first mail route between Detroit and Chicago.

His 1st wife Abigail Brown, died in 1832, but not before Musgrove obtained land grants in Texas. So after her death he began exploration trips, that eventually led him and his five children to an unsettled country on the verge of revolution with Mexico. They arrived in Texas in 1834, and by March of 1836, Musgrove's son, Samuel B. Evans, had been killed at the Alamo, whereupon Musgrove enlisted in the Texas Army. Musgrove Evans fought at the Battle of San Jacinto as a member of Captain Alfred Henderson Wyly's 2nd Regiment Volunteer Company.

He received large tracts of land for his participation at San Jacinto, and his tour of duty in the Texas Army. Mr. Evans eventually married a second time, this time to Catherine Richardson. In 1839 he was appointed 2nd Auditor of the Republic of Texas and became a very prominent resident of Austin, Texas. Judge Musgrove married Catharine D. Richardson on October 1st, 1840. Catherine passed away on January 14, 1852. On June 7, 1855, Musgrove Evans passed away in Austin, Texas, by one source and Cypress Creek by another.

The exact place of his burial has been lost in time, and for a while I believed it to be in Old La Grange City Cemetery, in Fayette County, Texas. It turns out that headstone belongs to another Musgrove Evans, a nephew of the San Jacinto Veteran.

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