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Zachariah Landrum Family in the Lake Creek Settlement in Austin's Second Colony, Washington Municipality, Washington County and Montgomery County, Texas

   The information on this page was obtained from a pamphlet titled Lest We Forget written by Zachariah Landrum's great great great granddaughter, Elizabeth Punchard McCulloch, in 1965 for the D.A.R. marker unveiling ceremony at the grave of Zachariah Landrum in the old Landrum-Springer Cemetery in Montgomery County, Texas.

   Zachariah Landrum received his land grant in Austin's Second Colony on April 10, 1831 in what became known as the Lake Creek Settlement. Documents produced in the Lake Creek Settlement or referring to the Lake Creek Settlement regularly mention members of the Landrum, Springer, Worsham and Rankin families. These families were as we will see below all closely related to the Landrum family by marriage.  The dates in the genealogy shown below have not been verified by the Texas History Page and should only be used as a starting point by genealogists and historians.  If any descendants of these families would like to send in updates and corrections, you can e-mail them to ksearle1@pdq.net.

Map of Zachariah Landrum Legaue

   Map of the Zachariah Landrum League in relation to Lake Creek (L.C. on map).  This document may be found in the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas, at the botom of the original English Field Notes 6-408. It is interesting to note that William M. Rankin carried the chains for the surveyor.

 

Family Tree of Zachariah Landrum and wife, Lettica [Letitia] Tynes Landrum

Zachariah Landrum (1750-1833) + Lettica Tynes (1776-1848) [m. ca. 1795/96 in Georgia] =

Children:

1. Elizabeth Landrum (b. 1797; d. 1868 in Montgomery Co., Texas) + John May Springer [m. 1825 in Marengo Co., Alabama]

2. Sarah Landrum (b. 1798) + William Rankin

3. Catherine Landrum (b. September 23, 1799) + Jeremiah Worsham

4. William Landrum (b. 1804/1805 in Tennessee) + Nancy Gilmore (of Alabama) [m. 1825]

5. John Landrum (b. 1801) + 1st wife Martha Curry (of Alabama)

                                     + 2nd wife Mary Wells (of Alabama)

 

Gravesite of Zachariah Landrum on the Zachariah Landrum League

Zachariah Landrum

Georgia

Rev War

1750

1833

   According to his headstone, Zachariah Landrum was born in 1850 and died in 1833.  Zachariah Landrum's grave is located on the Zachariah Landrum League in Montgomery County, Texas.  Zachariah Landrum received his League in Austin's Second Colony on April 10, 1831.  Zachariah Landrum had been a soldier in the American Revolution.

Letitia Tynes Landrum Marker

Wife of Revolutionary Soldier

Letitia Tynes Landrum

   Marker for Letitia Tynes Landrum next to headstone of Zachariah Landrum on the Zachariah Landrum League in Montgomery County, Texas.

Map Showing Zachariah Landrum League in Montgomery County, Texas

From an 1861 Map of Montgomery County Showing the Zachariah Landrum League

   Zachariah Landrum and his son, William Landrum received their Mexican Land Grants from Stephen F. Austin on the same day, April 10, 1831.




Family Tree of Elizabeth Landrum and husband, John May Springer

Elizabeth Landrum (b. 1797 - d. 1868) + John May Springer (b. 1795 - d. 1863) [m. bond December 9, 1825, Marengo Co. Alabama] =

Children:

1. Lydia Springer (b. 1826) + William Thomas

2. Zachariah Springer {Killed in Civil War}

3. "Doc" Springer {Killed in Civil War}

4. Canzada Tynes Springer (b. November 10, 1830 in Alabama - d. March 22, 1882) + Capt. F. G. Dupree

5. Ann Springer (b. 1833 - d. 1882) + W. C. (Bill) Folwer

6. John May Springer, Jr. (b. 1834 - d. 1862 in Civil War) + Katie Thompson

7. Uriah (Rye) Springer (b. 1836 - d. 1862)

8. Frank Springer (b. October 23, 1843 - d. January 29, 1911 in Plantersville, Texas) + Emma Dean

 



Below are a couple of early documents that mention John May Springer in the Lake Creek Settlement.  For more documents concerning John May Springer see the Texas History Page article about the Lake Creek Settlement.

 

1834 J. M. Springer Menitoned in Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families

   Stephen F. Austin is recognized as the "Father of Texas."  Below is another early reference to the Lake Creek settlement found in Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families.  On January 13, 1834, at San Felipe, these details of a land transaction in the Lake Creek settlement between Thomas Chatham and J. M. Springer were recorded as follows:

Austin's Register of Families, Book 2, Page 7

J. M. Springer in Stephen F. Austin's Register

"Jan 13.    Thomas Chatham from the State of Alabama.  33 years old.  Ditha his wife 23 years old.  1 Male child 3 female do.  Occupation farming.  Applies for 4 quarters of league in Lake Creek settlement, marked J. M. Springer who relinquishes in favor of Chatham. 

   This document is located in Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families, Book 2, Page 7, in the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas.  J. M. Springer was married to Zachariah Landrum's daughter, Elizabeth Landrum.  Thomas Chatham's land grant is located close to the center of the Lake Creek Settlement directly below the John Corner League.  For more Springer family documents see "1837 Affidavit of John M. Springer" below and History of the Lake Creek Settlement.

 

1837 Affidavit of John M. Springer

John M. Springer in Lake Creek District

   Lake Creek Dist   April 21, 1837

Before me, came John M. Springer and said that he does not for himself or any other person owe any thing  to the Government that the annexed discharge is original just and true, that he has not taken embezzled nor retained any army ammunition horse, mules or any other thing belonging to the Government, nor has he caused the same to have been done

John M. Springer

Sworn to and subscribed

to before me on the above

date Geo. Galbraith

Justice of the for Dist. aforesaid

I hereby appoint and authorise Charles B Stewart to have my Government claims audited and settled for my a/c Lake Creek Dist   April 21, 1837

John M. Springer

Witness                        Witness

W M Rankin                  Geo Galbraith

   This document is located in the Texas State Library and Archives, Republic Claims, Name: Springer, John, Claim #: 952, Type: AU, Reel #: 99, Frames: 585-588.  This document bears the signature of John May Springer. For more Springer family documents see the History of the Lake Creek Settlement.

 




Family Tree of Sarah Landrum and husband William M. Rankin

Sarah Landrum (b. 1798 in Georgia) + William M. Rankin (b. 1785) [m. ca. 1815] =

Children:

1. Elizabeth Rankin (b. 1816 in Alabama)

2. Cynthia Rankin (b. 1820 in Alabama)

3. Thomas Rankin (b. 1824 in Alabama)

4. Robert Rankin (b. 1830 in Texas)

5. Misina Rankin (b. 1834 in Texas)

6. Willis Landrum Rankin (b. 1837 in Texas)

7. Sarah Rankin (b. 1842 in Texas)

Map Showing Location of William M. Rankin League in Montgomery County

From an 1861 Map of Montgomery County Showing the William M. Rankin League

   Below are a couple of early documents that mention William M. Rankin in the Lake Creek Settlement.  For more documents concerning William M. Rankin see the Texas History Page article about the Lake Creek Settlement.

 

1837 Affidavit of A. U. Springer

Frame 581

A. U. Springer Affidavit Lake Creek District

Lake Creek Dist   April 21, 1837

   Before me came A. U. Springer and said that the annexed discharges are original just and true- that he does not for himself or any other person owe anything to the Government he has not taken embezzled or retained any army ammunitions or horses mules or any other thing belonging to the Government nor has he caused the same to have been done by any other person excepting one 3 point Blanket at San Antonio.

                                                                                                  A U Springer

                                                                                                  Sworn to and Subscribed

                                                                                                  to before me Geo. Galbraith

                                                                                                  Justice of the peace

                                                                                                  Lake creek Dist.

I hereby authorise C B Stewart to have my accounts on Government audited for my use   Lake Creek dist April 21, 1837

                                                                                                   A U Springer

Witness                                   Witness

W M Rankin                             Geo. Galbraith

   This document is located in the Texas State Library and Archives, Republic Claims, Name: Springer, A. U., Claim #: 953, Type: AU, Reel #: 99, Frames: 579-583.  This document bears the signature of of William M. Rankin.

 

1837 Deed William M. Rankin, Sr. to Daniel. L. Richardson

Deed - William Rankin to Daniel Richardson

Republic of Texas

County of Washington        

   Know all men by these presents made and signed at the store of W. W. Shepperd on Lake Creek on the       day of June Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Seven   That I William Rankin Senior have sold and do hereby in public and bonafied sale, sell transfer and convey unto...

   This deed is located in Montgomery County Clerk's Office, Deed Book F, pp. 12-14, in Conroe, Texas For more documents concerning William M. Rankin see the Texas History Page article about the Lake Creek Settlement.

 




Family Tree of Catherine Landrum and husband, Jeremiah Worsham

Catherine Landrum (b. September 23, 1799) + Jeremiah Worsham (b. 1788 in North Carolina)

Children:

1. Israel Worsham + Emily Womack

2. Letitia Worsham + J. M. Brown

3. Narcissa Worsham + R. S. Willis

4. Elizabeth Worsham + Kim Sanders

5. Joseph Worsham

Catherine Landrum Worsham - Real Daughter

   Catherine Landrum's husband, Jeremiah Worsham, was elected a Justice of the Peace of the Precinct of Lake Creek in Washington County in 1837.  As a Justice of the Peace, he was also a county commissioner and served on the Washington County Commissioners' Court until Montgomery County was created.  Below are the 1837 election returns of Washington County.

1837 Washington County Election Returns

1837 Washington County Election Returns

Close-up 1837 Election Returns Justices of the Peace of Washington County Texas

1837 Washington County Texas - Justice of the Peace

Republic of Texas

County of Washington

   I do hereby certify that on collating the returns from the several precincts composing the county of Washington for the election of County officers for said County the following persons were found to be duly elected -- to wit-

R. Stevenson - Sheriff

T. P. Shapard - Clerk of District Court

Robt. Merritt - County Clerk

W. P. Smith - Coroner

G. Walker & J. Beauchamp, J. P. for prc. of Hazard

J. G. Swisher}

Shub Marsh}                   Justices for Precinct of Hidalgo

E. Roddy}

S. R. Roberts}                                   "                 Washington

Jer. Washam [Worsham]}

Geo Galbraith}                                  "                  Lake Creek

Wm. Roberts}

Wm. Robinson}                                 "                  San Jacinto

A. McGuffin}

J. L. Bennett}                                     "                  Viesca 

Washington 13th Feby 1837

Jno. P. Coles

Chief Justice  

   See the Texas State Library and Archives, Republic of Texas Election Returns 1835-1845, Box 2-9/44, 1837 - Washington Co.  This is a wonderful record from the Texas State Archives.  It shows the precincts in Washington County in 1837 before Montgomery County was created.  Six precincts are listed: Hazard, Hidalgo, Washington, Lake Creek, San Jacinto and Viesca.  Three of these precincts would be located in the new County of Montgomery when it was created later in December of 1837.  Jer. Washam (Jeremiah Worsham) and Geo. (George) Galbraith were elected as Justices of Peace in the Precinct of Lake Creek.  Both of these gentlemen appear in numerous documents associated with the Lake Creek Settlement. Below is one such example.

 

1837 Affidavit of George Galbraith

Top of Frame 113

George Galbraith Lake Creek District Washington County

Lake Creek District Washington County on the 21st day of April Eighteen Hundred and thirty seven comes George Galbraith and says the annexed discharge is original, Just and true  And he owes...

 

Bottom of Frame 113

George Galbraith and J. Worsham Lake Creek District

...of War, or any kind of property whatever belonging to the Republic of Texas; or caused the same to have been done.                

George Galbraith

Sworn and Subscribed before me    J Worsham J.P.

A Justice of the Peace for Lake Creek

District County of Washington Republic

of Texas

 

Frame 114

George Galbraith and C. B. Stewart Lake Creek

I hereby authorise C B Stewart to have my claims - audited for my account

Lake Creek   April 21, 1837

Geo. Galbraith

Witness                                              Witness

W M Rankin                                    J Worsham

 

   This document is located in the Texas State Library and Archives, Republic Claims, Name: Galbraith, George, Claim #: 955, Type: AU, Reel #: 34, Frames: 110-113.  You can look these records up online at: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/repclaims/index.php   This document contains Jeremiah Worsham's signature in two different places: once on the affidavit as Justice of the Peace for the Lake Creek District of the County of Washington in the Republic of Texas and the second time on the assignment on the back as a witness.

 




Family Tree of John Landrum and wives, Martha Curry and Mary Wells

John Landrum (1801 in Georgia) + 1st wife Martha Curry [m. bond May 24, 1824, Marengo County, Alabama

John Landrum (1801 in Georgia) + 2nd wife Mary Wells [m. bond January 1826, Marengo County, Alabama] =

Children:

1. Wells Landrum

2. Sarah Landrum + James Devereaux

 




Family Tree of William Landrum and wife, Nancy Gilmore

William Landrum (b. 1804/05 in Tenn. - d. October 15, 1846) + Nancy Gilmore (b. 1808 in Alabama - d. 1861) [m. bond September 24, 1825, Marengo Co. Alabama] =

Children:

1. John Landrum

2. Mary (Polly) Landrum + Judge G. B. Gay

3. Cynthetia Landrum

4. Milipa 'Melissa' Landrum + I. G. Davis

5. Zacahriah Landrum II 

6. Willis Landrum + Elizabeth Harris

 

Map of William Landrum League

William Landrum League next to Lake Creek

 Map of the William Landrum League in relation to Lake Creek.  This document may be found in the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas, at the bottom of the original English Field Notes 6-429.

 

1837 William Landrum Mentioned in Charles B. Stewart's Day Book

William Landrum & C. B. Stewart Lake Creek

Wm Landrum self    Lake Creek   Feby 28, 1837

To advice and prescription for wife this date $2.00

To advice and directions   day after ----        $1.00

   On February 28, 1837, William Landrum is mentioned in an entry in C. B. Stewart's Day Book from 1836 to 1852.  See the "Charles Bellinger Stewart Papers", Texas State Library and Archives, Austin Texas.  This entry dated February 28, 1837 refers to medical advice and treatment provided by C. B. Stewart in Lake Creek. 

Map Showing Location of William Landrum League in Montgomery County, Texas

From an 1861 Map of Montgomery County

 

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