Moses Shipman, one of the colonists of
Stephen F. Austin, was a native of North Carolina, and married Mary
Robinson, daughter of John Robinson, of South Carolina, on the 19th
day of January 1798. Their first son died in infancy, and their
second son, Daniel, was born on the 20th of January 1801. After
these were four sons and four daughters, to-wit:
Edward, born in Tennessee, March 1st, 1803.
Mary, born in North Carolina, September 28th, 1805.
John M., born in North Carolina, March 17th, 1808.
Christina, born in South Carolina, August 23rd, 1810.
James R., born in South Carolina, April 8th, 1813.
Moses, Jr., born in Tennessee, January 16th, 1816.
Elizabeth, born in Missouri, February 3rd, 1819.
Lueetta, born in Arkansas, December 28th, 1821.
In 1814 on the 5th day of March, the Shipman's left South Carolina
and went to North Carolina and stopped in Buncombe County until
fall, intending to start again in November, but rented a farm on the
French Broad River and made a crop.
In the fall they sold their crop and started to Tennessee, and after
a weary trip all the way in wagons, Mr. Shipman bought a tract of
land on Bradley's Creek in Franklin County, Tennessee, and there
built a house, rented a field and made a crop.
Nest year the oldest boys put in twelve acres on their own land, and
then again rented the same farm as the previous year. Now, at this
time, a relation of the Shipman's named James Burleson and his two
sons, Edward and Joseph, lived near the Tennessee River, opposite
the Cherokee Nation. These Indians had large farms of rich land, and
the Burlesons and Robert Thrasher, son-in-law of James Burleson,
crossed over there and rented a fine body of land from the Indians
and made a good and large crop. In the fall a difficulty Occurred
between the Indians and Burlesons in regard to a settlement about
the crop, which culminated in a general fight. The Indians
out-numbered the whites, and were about to get the best of them,
when Ed. Burleson killed two of the Indians with a pair, of holster
pistols, which gave them a chance to get clear of the Indians and
make their escape. This young Ed Burleson was afterwards the famous
General Ed. Burleson of Texas.
After this difficulty Ed and Joe Burleson came to the house of Moses
Shipman, in Franklin County, and persuaded him to go with them to
Howard County, Missouri. He started on the 16th of October, but
stopped in Illinois, and the Burlesons went on. Shipman made a crop
on Schoal Creek, Ill., and then moved on again and arrived at the
Burlesons in Howard County, Mo., in November 1817, and remained
there two years. Moved then to Richland Creek, Mo., made two good
crops, and was getting comfortably fixed, when an old friend, Reuben
Gage, prevailed on Shipman to move with him to Arkansas, which he
did, but did not remain there long, as they began to hear of Texas
and the fine inducements there for settlers to take up land. They
now turned their wagons towards Texas, and crossed Red River,
opposite Jonesboro, on the 19th of March 1822. Near here Moses
Shipman settled, but his son, Daniel, and a young man named George
Nidever, who came with them, wanted to look at the country further
west, and soon set out on ponies for the Brazos country. They came*
by way of Nacogdoches and crossed the Trinity River at a ford two
miles below Bobbin's Ferry, and crossed the Brazos River at
Robinson's Ferry, or near it; rather, for as the river was low, they
forded it. This was near where the town of Washington was afterwards
built, and where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.
From here the boys went to the house of Martin Varner, about two
miles west of the present town of Independence, arriving there the
8th day of April 1822.
From Varner's Shipman and his companion went back to the family on
Red River and told them all about the grants of land and Austin's
colony, which had been explained to them by Varner.
Moses Shipman was well pleased with their report, and it was decided
for all to go to the Brazos in the fall, but when that time came
they were all sick and did not get off until the following fall.
They struck the Brazos at Robinson's
Ferry, and then went to Varner's place, and here the elder Shipman
bought some improvements and planted a crop. After this he went to
San Felipe to see General Austin and made a contract with him for a
labor of land in the neighborhood of San Felipe, in the forks of the
Brazos River and Mill Creek, in what is now Austin County. They
moved to the new home in 1824, and went to work on the west bank of
the river in a dense cane brake and cleared up a small farm as late
as it was and made some corn, fine turnips and many other
vegetables. Their league was taken later, on Oyster Creek, east side
of the Brazos near the lower side of Fort Bend County, about twenty
miles below Richmond. On the labor they built comfortable log
houses, and here a Baptist preacher named Joseph Bays preached a
sermon, probably the first west of the Brazos River.
About this time the Craunkaway Indians were troublesome on the lower
Brazos and Colorado, and Colonel Austin ordered a company to be
raised and march against them. Amos Ralls was the captain, and Moses
Shipman and his son, Daniel, belonged to the company. They started
with the command from San Felipe about July 1825. At the 8 mile
point Moses Shipman was taken sick and returned home. The balance
went on to Buckner's Spring in the edge of the Colorado bottom, and
spies sent from there to the head of "Bay Prairie" on "Old Caney" to
look out for the Indians. After various scouting, and finding no
fresh sign of Indians, they learned that Captain Randall Jones had
fought the Indians and had three men killed, but that the Indians
had left the country. Captain Ralls and his men now returned home,
and went later with General Austin to hunt for the hostiles. They
were located near the town of Goliad, then called La Bahia, but
they, through some Mexicans, made a treaty with Austin, and the men,
about 75 in number, again returned. Daniel Shipman was in this
expedition, a member of Captain Horatio Chriesman's company.
On one occasion Daniel Shipman and a man named Potter were out
prospecting toward the -Sabine and camped about dark in a grove of
timber. They carried no firearms, as all the Indians in that part of
the country professed to be friendly. A large Indian came to their
camp and stated that he wanted something to eat and to remain with
them until morning. Apprehending no danger, they consented to this,
but some time during the night he attempted to kill both of them
with a club. He struck Potter first, who remained unconscious
without waking, and then went to where young Shipman Naas sleeping
near his horse and struck him a blow on the head, but the end of the
club struck the ground, deadening the force, and, instead of killing
the boy or rendering him insensible, he called loudly on Potter to
come to his assistance. These calls aroused Fatter and he sprang up
at once and bounded toward him, and the Indian ran away and was seen
no more. Both boy and man were covered with blood, and, fearing
other Indians would come, they at once saddled their horses, and,
rapidly leaving the spot, succeeded in getting home, with badly
swollen heads. Evidently the object of the Indian was to knock them
insensible or kill them and then get their horses and equipment.
In time the Shipman's moved to their league and opened up a good
farm and raised an abundance of everything they planted. Game was in
great plenty, in fact there were so many bears, panthers and
leopards that many hogs were killed by them, but the Shipman boys
killed many of them also.
On the 23rd of September 1828, Daniel Shipman married Miss
Margarette Kelley and settled on the bank of "Oyster Creek," and
'built a nice and comfortable home.
In 1832, when the Mexican authorities cast William B. Travis,
Patrick Jack and Monroe Edwards into prison at Anahuac, two
companies were raised in Austin's colony to repair to the scene, and
in conjunction with settlers from other places to demand justice,
Daniel Shipman was in the company of Captain Frank W. Johnson, and
remained in the service until the prisoners were released, after
Daniel was also at the taking of San Antonio in 1835, in Captain
Bird's company, of which Thomas P. Borden was lieutenant, and
commanded the company in the absence of Captain Bird.
John Shipman, as has already been stated, belonged to Captain Wiley
Martin's company at Fort Bend, and also eras in the unfortunate Aber
expedition, in which he lost his life.
John V. Morton was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and married
Elizabeth Shipman December 22nd, 1836, and died February 7th, 1843.
His father William Morton, died in May 1833. John Morton was in the
battle of San Jacinto. He left three children, Mary Ann Morton, born
January 16th, 1838. Louisa Jane Morton, born September 11th, 1839.
John S. Morton, born December 7th, 1841.
Mary Ann died August 24th, 1852. Louisa died July 27th, 1843. John
S. was killed by being thrown from a horse July 10th, 1848. John V.
Morton's wife survived him, and married S. B. Glasscock at Richmond
in 1849, and she died at Houston in April, 1883. Two children of
this marriage survived her, Hillery R. Glasscock and Sarah Martha
Glasscock; the latter married W. A. Gray, of "Buffalo Gap," Taylor
County, Texas, in 1881.
The children of Moses Shipman were Daniel, Edward, Christena, John
M., J. R. Lucetta, Moses G., and Elizabeth.
Daniel and James Shipman, brothers, were in the fight at San Antonio
in 1835, Daniel being near Colonel Ben Milam when he was killed.
Fort Bend County
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