1811 - 1887 (76 years)
||Mourad Whitfield Bumstead |
||Feb 12, 1811
||Hempstead, Queens county, Long Island, New York, USA
||May 17, 1887
||Fletcher, Hardin county, Texas, USA
||Bumstead Cemetery, East Walton Road, Lumberton, Hardin county, Texas, USA 
- Mourad Whitfield Bumstead was born February 12, 1811 in Hempstead, New York to Jacob Bumstead and Rhoda Martin. He was a fourth great grandson of Governor Robert Treat and of Jasper Crane -- cofounders of Newark, New Jersey -- and distant cousin of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
According to Arthur Irving Bumstead, he traveled to Georgia where he got sick and lost contact with his family. By the time he became well, his family had moved from their home to Ohio and he was unable to find them, causing his mother great distress.
Mourad arrived in Texas in 1831. In June of 1832, he participated in one of the earliest armed resistances to the Mexican authorities when he joined forces with about 200 other Texians with Amos Thames and James Drake under Captain Frank Johnson, the alcalde at San Felipe de Austin. They sought to rescue William B. Travis and his law partner judge Patrick Jack who had been arrested by Colonel Juan Davis Bradburn, Commander of the garrison at Anahuac. Colonel Bradburn had already earned the ire of the Texians by, among other things, dismissing the city council at Liberty, declaring martial law in all of East Texas, conscripting labor and supplies to construct the fort and failing to control his disorderly troops -- most of whom were reported to be convicts. Bradburn was a Virginia native and veteran of the War of 1812 who married a wealthy Mexican heiress and was serving in the Mexican military.
In 1835, Captain Andrew Briscoe of Anahuac organized the "Liberty Volunteers". Mourad joined Briscoe and is on his November 21st, 1835 muster roll. Captain Briscoe wrote "Of these men I think there are six or eight who will refuse to follow me into San Antonio. The rest will go, intending to conquer or to die." Briscoe's men joined Ben Milam in the battle of Concepcion and the siege of Bexar on October 24th.
Stephen F. Austin was in command in San Antonio. Mourad, Drake and Thames, dissatisfied with his command, joined the company of James Chessher, a long time ferryman over Pine Bayou, who mustered a company of Jefferson and Jasper volunteers and joined Ben Milam's forces in the siege. (Members of the company were: David Chessher; William and Adam Byerly; James Drake; Amos Thames; Enoch and Nathaniel Grigsby; William, Moses George and Elisha Allen and Murad W. Bumstead.) Milam led the attack on San Antonio for five days, from December 5 - 9, 1835. Mourad was discharged from this service on the 13th of that month.
Listed in the records as "M.W. BRIMSTEAD", he served at the "SIEGE OF BEXAR / THE STORMING OF SAN ANTONIO", December 5-10, 1835. Their victory won by the vastly outnumbered men served to impede the progress of Santa Ana's Mexican Army, giving the Texians more time to prepare for the perilous days ahead. The original muster list is housed at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum and his name is written "MW Bumpsted".
Lee Paul writes at http://www.theoutlaws.com/alamo.htm
"October found San Antonio under military rule with 1,200 Mexican troops under General Cos' command. When Cos ordered the small community of Gonzales, about fifty miles east of San Antonio, to return a cannon loaned to the town for defense against Indian attack -- rightfully fearing that the citizens might use the cannon against his own troops -- the Gonzales residents refused. "Come and take it!" they taunted, setting off a charge of old chains and scrap iron shot from the mouth of the tiny cannon mounted on ox-cart wheels. Although the only casualty was a Mexican soldier, Gonzales became enshrined in history as the "Lexington of Texas." The Texas revolution was on.
"December 5th found 200 Texan volunteers commanded by Ben Milam attacking General Cos's troops in San Antonio. For five days, the Siege of Bexar raged with a house to house assault unlike anything the Mexican army had ever before experienced. As brave as any when attacking, the Mexican soldiers were not primed to defend themselves against the fury of Milam's men, who relished fighting as individuals or in packs, like ravished wolves. In the words of Robert Hancock Hunter, whose family was the first of Stephen Austin's colonists to settle within the present limits of Harris County, "...we had about 150 men, & our guns no a count, little dobble barrels shot guns. Some men had rifels....the Mexicans, had fine muskets. We had a bad show for our lives 8 or 10 men to one, a ganst us, but I tell you we pulled threw."
"The Mexicans were driven back at each advancement from the Texans until General Cos flew the white flag of surrender from the Alamo on December 9th. More than 200 of his men lay dead, and as many more wounded. He signed papers of capitulation which gave the Texans all public property, money, arms, and ammunition in San Antonio, and by Christmas Day, the Mexican army was back across the Rio Grande. To the Texans, who lost but two men, including Ben Milam, the victory seemed cheap and easy.
"The Siege of Bexar and Cos' surrender brought immediate retaliation from Santa Anna. He whipped together a force of 8,000 men, many of them foreign adventurers from Europe and America. One of his deadliest snipers was an Illinois man named Johnson! Marching at the head of this massive army, Santa Anna, the self-styled "Napoleon of the West," determined to stamp out all opposition and teach the Texans a lesson. The word went out to his generals: "In this war, you understand, there are no prisoners."
The Battle of the Alamo occurred the following March (1836) and all of its defenders were massacred after 13 days of siege and assaults on Sunday, March 6th, 1836. One month later, General Sam Houston and his outnumbered troops soundly thrashed the much greater Mexican troops at the Battle of San Jacinto. (See interesting account of Susanna Dickinson, who was a survivor of the Texian defeat at the Alamo and whose husband served at the Siege of Bexar.)
On July 7th 1836 (four months after the battle of the Alamo), Mourad enlisted at Beaumont under Captain Ben Harper, who joined ranks with the army under Brigadier General Thomas Jefferson Rusk near San Antonio. He was discharged from this service on October 7th 1836 at Dimmit's Landing, which was on the west bank of the Lavaca River near its mouth at Lavaca Bay.
Mourad is listed in both the Name Index to Military Bounty and the Donation Land Grants of Texas (for service between 1835 & 1846), by Thomas Lloyd Miller, Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, 1967.
On May 11, 1848, Mourad married Jane Cravey in Jefferson county. Jane was born July 3, 1829 in Florida, the daughter of Henry Cravey of South Carolina and Mary Sapp of Georgia. Mourad and Jane Bumstead had 10 children. Mourad died May 17, 1887 in Fletcher, Hardin county. His wife, Jane survived him and died July 12, 1912 at their home-place in Fletcher (now Lumberton), Texas.
In 1908, T.J. Russell, a long-time resident of Jefferson County, wrote that "Murad W. Bumstead lived on the west side of Village Creek, near Cook's ferry". Later, in the same piece, he wrote "Down on Village creek lived at the old Cook Ferry, Capt. James Chesher; then Murad W. Bumstead on the West side of the creek and near him was Job Foster..." (Village Creek is a popular stream North of Beaumont, Texas that flows into the Neches River.)
In his pension application (June 1874), he states:
"I, M.W. Bumstead, resident of the county of Hardin said state being duly sworn upon my oath do say; that I am 63 years of age and a native of Essex County in the State of New Jersey; that I immigrated into Texas from the city and state of New York in 1831 that continuously since, I have resided in the present territory of the county of Hardin, Texas save, and except a residence of about one year in the present territory of Liberty County; that am identically the same person whose application for pension supported I think by the proofs of witneses James Chessher and Adam and William Byerly, the first of Hardin County since deceased and the latter of Jasper County, Has been heretofore forwarded through Messers C.R. Johnson and Co of Austin to the Comptroller's office at the state of Texas.
That I served in AD 1832 in an expedition under Frank Johnson against Bradburn in command of the Mexican post of Anahuac; that in AD 1835 with a body of men who left here with Henry Millard I went to San Felipe de Austin where we organized into a company where of the said Henry Millard was elected Captain; that thence proceeding with said Company or a number there of to a point about 15 miles below ..... consolidated with the company of Captain Andrew J. Briscoe that all of the last mentioned Company except to the best of my recollection Amos Thames, James Drake (both of whom are now dead) and myself having become dissatisfied left the army then commanded by Stephen F. Austin I think and Thames, Drake and myself attached ourselves to the company commanded by Capt. James Chessher. Edward Burleson having about that time assumed the command of the forces near San Antonio (in) the place of Austin; that after having participated in the fighting which resulted in the reduction and capitulation of San Antonio, I was on or about December 13th 1835 honorably discharged of said service for which I have since received a bounty of 320 acres and a donation of 620 acres of land from the Republic of Texas.
Further, that ------ way in 1836 July, I entered into the service of Texas at Beaumont Texas, under Captain Benjamin Harper and proceeding with his company joined the Texas Army under Rusk I believe on the Coletta (?) near San Antonio, and remaining in said service time that now remembered until I was discharged honorably near the mouth of the Lavaca River at a place called I believe Dimmit's Landing, that for .... another bounty of 320 acres of land, my discharges and other evidences of my services aforesaid having been heretofore filed in the Archives of Austin are hereby referred to for greater certainty.
And I do further solemnly swear that I have never yet received any pension or part there of due me under the act of August 13, 1870 (of the State of Texas) or any ad amendatory or supplementary thereof.
Mourad W. Bumstead
This foregoing affidavit was subscribed and sworn to before me by Mourad W. Bumstead who is to me well known on the 29th day of June A.D. 1874 and the witnesses J.B. Langham and Cave Johnson who are credible, also subscribed the same or the same time in my presence to certify which I have unto set my pen and seal of office, this date last written.
W. Hubert Clk District Court, Jefferson County
||May 27, 2016 |
||Jacob Bumstead, b. Jul 27, 1770, Hempstead, Queens county, Long Island, New York, USA , d. Bef 1825 (Age < 54 years) |
||Rhoda Martin, b. Sep 30, 1782, Bloomfield, Essex county, New Jersey, USA , d. Jul 1854, Ohio, USA (Age 71 years) |
||Feb 16, 1801
||Bloomfield, Essex county, New Jersey, USA
- Much of the information on Jacob's family was written DEC 27, 1906 by Arthur Irving Bumstead from information given him chiefly by Ida G. Hatch (Jacob BUMSTEAD & Rhoda MARTIN's granddaughter) and Elizabeth Caroline Bumstead Ebner (their daughter)
New York 1790 Federal Census: HEADS OF FAMILIES AT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1790 NEW YORK, QUEENS COUNTY. NORTH HEMPSTEAD TOWN
Name of head of family: Bumstead, Jacob
Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 2
Free white males under 16 years: 1
Free white females, including heads of families: 3
On the same page is a Mary Bumstead, 2 white males under 16, 3 white females, including head of family
A Jacob Bumstead (baker) is shown at 124 Orange Street in New York city in Longfellows Directory in 1822-23. In the 1825-26 directory, Rhoda, widow of Jacob is listed.
||Jane Cravey, b. Jul 03, 1829, Georgia, USA , d. Jul 11, 1912, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 83 years)  |
||May 11, 1848
||Jefferson county, Texas, USA
- They were on the 1860 Hardin county census, p. 338, Concord P.O..
In 1908, T.J. Russell, a long-time resident of Jefferson County, wrote that "Murad W. Bumstead lived on the west side of Village Creek, near Cook's ferry". Later, in the same piece, he wrote "Down on Village creek lived at the old Cook Ferry, Capt. James Chesher; then Murad W. Bumstead on the West side of the creek and near him was Job Foster".
Byron and Ezra died in a diphtheria epidemic in 1869.
1860, TX, Hardin cty, Concord PO, (M653-1296, 338)
June 28, 1860, lines 29-35, HH 67
Morad BUMSTEAD, 49, M, farmer, 830, 290, NJ
Jane BUMSTEAD, 30, F, Geo
Joseph BUMSTEAD, 10, M, Texas
Jacob BUMSTEAD, 8, M, do
Morad BUMSTEAD, 4, M, do
Byron BUMSTEAD, 2, M, do
Ezra BUMSTEAD, 11/12, M, do
1870 census, Hardin county, Concord, TX, pct 2; p. 460B, (M593-1589, p.460)
July 8, 1870, HH 130/130
BUMSTEAD, M.W., 59, M, W, Farmer, NJ
BUMSTEAD, Jane, 40, F, W, Keeping House, Georgia
BUMSTEAD, Joseph, 20, M, W, Farm Hand, Texas
BUMSTEAD, Jacob, 18, M, W, Farm Hand, Texas
BUMSTEAD, Morad, 14, M, W, Farm Hand, Texas
BUMSTEAD, Henry, 4, M, W, Texas
BUMSTEAD, Olia, 7, F, W, Texas
BUMSTEAD, Ella, 1, F, W, Texas
1880 census, TX, Hardin cty ,e.d. 29 p. 15, (T9-1308,422C)
June 18, 1880, lines 10-22, HH 113/119
Bumstead, M.W., W, M, 69, farmer, NJ, NY, NY
BUMSTEAD, Jane, W, F, 50, wife, keepinghouse, GA, GA, GA
BUMSTEAD, Joseph P, 30, son, farmer, TX, NJ, GA
BUMSTEAD, Henry, 15, son, farmer
BUMSTEAD, Ellen, 10, daughter, at home
BUMSTEAD, Dora, 8, daughter
BUMSTEAD, Mary E, 28, dau-in-law, at home (Mary Johnson, wife of Joseph, above)
BUMSTEAD, Beulah E, 9, g-dau
BUMSTEAD, ?Joseph?, 8, g-son
BUMSTEAD, Cave J, 9, g-son
BUMSTEAD, Olia, 4, g-dau
BUMSTEAD, Margret J, 3, d-dau
BUMSTEAD, Ida G?, ?/12, b. Oct, g-dau
lines 23-24, same home, different family HH 113/121
FAIRCHILD, Henry, W, M, 28, lumberman, TX, MS, LA
FAIRCHILD, Olia, 19, wife, keepinghouse, TX, NJ, GA
Mourad died in 1887. In 1900, Jane is living with her daughter, Dora Wiess (dwelling 221, households 229 and 230, 1900 Census Hardin county, Texas, 2nd pct, p. 256B). Next door is her son Herman.
| ||1. Editha Bumstead, b. 1849, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Bef 1850 (Age < 0 years)|
|+||2. Joseph P. Bumstead, b. Feb 1850, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. 1918, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age ~ 67 years)|
|+||3. Jacob Franklin Bumstead, b. 1852, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 06, 1929, Trinity county, Texas, USA (Age 77 years)|
|+||4. Morad Whitfield Bumstead, II, b. Jan 19, 1856, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 11, 1928, Fletcher, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 72 years)|
| ||5. Byron or Bryan Bumstead, b. 1858, d. 1869 (Age 11 years)|
| ||6. Ezra Bumstead, b. Abt Jul 1859, Texas, USA , d. 1869 (Age ~ 9 years)|
|+||7. Olia Bumstead, b. Jan 23, 1863, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. May 05, 1929, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 66 years)|
|+||8. Henry Bumstead, b. Aug 30, 1865, Fletcher, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 04, 1945, Warren, Tyler county, Texas, USA (Age 79 years)|
|+||9. Ella Bumstead, b. May 09, 1869, Fletcher, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. May 14, 1953 (Age 84 years)|
|+||10. Dora Bumstead, b. Feb 10, 1871, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 26, 1951, Silsbee, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 80 years)|
- [S81] Siege of Bexar, 1835, Muster Roll, Texas State Archives., p. 22, Muster Roll Book (Reliability: 3).
- [S747] Liberty, Liberty County & the Atascosito District (Reliability: 2).
- [S82] A History of Jefferson County, Texas From Wilderness to Reconstruction (Reliability: 2).
- [S83] Pioneer Reminiscences of Jefferson County, GC 976.514506 RUS. (Reliability: 2).
- [S74] The History of Hardin County, Texas (Reliability: 2).
- [S84] The New Handbook of Texas (Reliability: 2).
- [S261] Bumstead, Arthur Irving (Reliability: 2).
- [S136] 1860 US federal census, 1860, TX, Hardin cty, Concord PO, (M653-1296, 338), HH 67.
1860, TX, Hardin cty, Concord PO, (M653-1296, 338)
June 28, 1860, lines 29-35, HH 67
Morad Bumstead, 49, M, farmer, 830, 290, NJ
Jane " , 30, F, Geo
Joseph " , 10, M, Texas
Jacob " , 8, M, do
Morad " , 4, M, do
Byron " , 2, M, do
Ezra " , 11/12, M, do
- [S2015] Obit / burial information (Reliability: 3).
- [S224] IGI - International Genealogical Index -- BEWARE.
batch # M530101; dates 1837-1883; source call # 1311466; type: film
- [S83] Pioneer Reminiscences of Jefferson County, GC 976.514506 RUS.