the proposed release of Santa Anna in May of 1836.
Millard laid out the townsite at Tevis Bluff, which he called Beaumont after
his wife's maiden name. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, p. 194.|
27. [p.78] Born August 12, 1771, Haden was the son of John Edwards, who became a U. S. senator from Kentucky. With his brother Benjamin, Haden moved to the Jackson, Mississippi, area and acquired a plantation. In 1823 along with Stephen F. Austin and others he went to Mexico City to gain approval for Anglo-American settlement of Texas. His relationship with Austin soured, Edwards being embittered that his rival acquired more and better lands. His own empresario grant in the Nacogdoches vicinity suffered from conflicts with settlers who had pre-existing claims from Spain and Mexico, and his grant was revoked in 1826. Bitter at the loss of his fortune, the Edwards brothers led an ill-fated uprising known as the Fredonian Rebellion later that year and fled to Louisiana. Edwards returned to Nacogdoches during the Texas Revolution and died there on August 14, 1849. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.
28. [p.78] Born in New York in 1793, Thorn came to Texas as part of a mercantile venture and became a partner in Haden Edwards' empresario schemes in 1825, the same year he married Susan Wroe Edwards. Though previously elected to the state legislature of Coahuila and Texas, Thorn became chairman of the Nacogdoches committee of safety during the Texas Revolution. His other land enterprises involved him in the empresario contracts of Benjamin R. Milam and Green C. DeWitt, which, along with individual holdings, a general store, bank, salt mine, and lumber business, reputedly made him the first Texas millionaire. He died in 1854. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.
29. [p.79] Allen, Haden Edwards, John A. Veatch, and Henry Raguet had all been leaders in defying directives from the Consultation to close land offices. This policy existed in order to assuage soldier concern that speculators were using the crisis to gain choice property. Allen finished fifth in the balloting for Convention delegates, only three votes behind Robert Potter. John K. Allen won election to the first Congress under the Texas Republic in 1836 and helped persuade this body to move the capital to Houston, recently founded by he and his brother A. C. Allen. He died of fever on August 15, 1838. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 66, 81, 221; Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, pp. 29-30.
30. [p.80] Gray's account of the election in Nacogdoches is the most detailed and accurate one available in any primary source, but some additional details can be provided. There were as many as twenty candidates. Sherman was not so uninvolved as Gray suggests; by another observer's recollection, the captain "swore with an oath that he had come to Texas to fight for it and had as soon commence in the town of Nacogdoches as elsewhere." The soldiers were also disturbed by rumors that Mexican women had dressed as men and cast ballots.