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William M. McFaddin[1, 2, 3]

Male 1819 - 1897  (78 years)


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  • Name William M. McFaddin 
    Born Jun 08, 1819  Lisbon (now Lake Charles), Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Oct 18, 1897  Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      The Texas State Handbook Online
      http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmc47
          MCFADDIN, WILLIAM M. (1819-1897). William M. McFaddin, rancher and participant in the battle of San Jacinto, son of Elizabeth and James McFaddin, was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on June 8, 1819. The family moved to the vicinity of Liberty, Liberty County, Texas, in 1823 and to Beaumont in 1833. At age sixteen William served at the siege of Bexar (he joined Captain Andrew Briscoe's company at Liberty, and took part in the storming of San Antonio de Bexar between December 5-9, l835). He was a member of the group commanded by Thomas J. Rusk that buried the victims of the Goliad Massacre.  He subsequently joined the army of Sam Houston at Columbus and was detailed to guard the wounded and baggage at San Jacinto. He was discharged on his seventeenth birthday, June 8, 1836. As a veteran and colonist, McFaddin received a headright in Williamson County and grants totaling 1,137 acres in Jefferson County. He inherited a fourth of his father's headright and began a lifelong practice of buying and selling land. He and his son William Perry Herring McFaddin founded the McFaddin Ranch of Beaumont and formed several companies in partnership with Obadiah Kyle and Valentine Wiess for acquiring land, raising cattle and rice, irrigating, and milling rice. During the Civil War McFaddin was detailed to supply beef cattle for the Confederate Army and obtained a license to ferry and swim cattle across the Neches River. He was appointed captain of Patrol District No. 1 by the county court. In 1837 he married Rachel Williams, daughter of colonists Nancy and Hezekiah Williams and sister of San Jacinto veteran Hezekiah R. Williams. They had nine children and also reared the children of several relatives. McFaddin, who had not received a formal education, maintained tutors for his children and those of his neighbors. The McFaddin home, known for hospitality, often sheltered travelers overnight and was used for funerals of neighbors. It burned in 1905. Oaks that sprang from acorns McFaddin brought from the San Jacinto battleground still stand on the grounds of the McFaddin-Ward House, the home built by his daughter in 1906. McFaddin died in 1897, leaving 4,575 acres in his estate and interests in jointly held land.
          BIBLIOGRAPHY: John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Tim Matthewson, "The McFaddin-Ward House: Governance and Interpretation," Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record 22 (1986). Rosine McFaddin Wilson, "The McFaddin Family," Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record 16 (1980).
      Rosine McFaddin Wilson
          MCFADDIN RANCHES.  The McFaddin Ranches of Beaumont consisted of a Jefferson County ranch of approximately 120,000 acres and a 48, 000-acre ranch in Knox and King counties.  Beginning with James McFaddin (1789-1845) and his son William M.  McFaddin (1819-1897), five generations of the family accumulated the lands that became known as the McFaddin Ranches.  The principal builder was William Perry Herring McFaddin (1856-1935), called Perry, under whom the ranches reached their largest extent, about 160,000 acres.  In the 1890s large portions of the Jefferson County ranch were sold to the developers of the Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railway and to the Port Arthur Townsite Company, and Perry McFaddin began additional acquisitions in Jefferson County.  In 1916 he bought the ranch in Knox and King counties.  At first the herds of the area ranches mingled on the open range, and yearly roundups of several weeks' duration were required for branding calves and making up herds for cattle drives to market in Louisiana.  The principal brands used by the ranches were the M6 and the Mashed O.  Perry McFaddin, the first man to try to fence the local range, built a fence from the Neches River marsh to Rodair Gully in 1878.  The ranches ran as many as 20,000 head until pasture improvement and conservation measures were undertaken and herds were reduced to between 6,000 and 10,000 head.  Perry McFaddin experimented with feedlot and meat-packing operations; at one time "McFaddin Steaks" were advertised in New York restaurants.  He also commercialized the trapping of muskrats and maintained warehouses and yearly auctions for the fur trappers on the ranch.  Several oilfields were on the ranches.  In the early 1930s the Jefferson County ranch was crossed by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and a unique practice of coastal ranches began: the yearly swimming of the herds south to winter pasture and north for the summer.  With twenty miles of beach front, the ranch contained extensive wetlands, now included in the 14, 000-acre Sea Rim State Park, the 42,000-acre McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, and 8,500 acres of the 12,000-acre J.  D.  Murphree Wildlife Management Area.  Ownership of the ranches was in the McFaddin Trust from 1928 to 1948.  After the trust dissolved, the separate holdings were still run as a unit until the sale of all but a few scattered tracts between 1951 and 1979 ended a century and a half of McFaddin family ranching in Southeast Texas.
      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Ida Caldwell McFaddin Papers, McFaddin-Ward House Museum, Beaumont.  William P.  H.  McFaddin Papers, McFaddin-Ward House Museum, Beaumont.  Mamie McFaddin Ward Papers, McFaddin-Ward House Museum, Beaumont.
      Rosine McFaddin Wilson
      William grew up at a time when life on the coastal prairies was hard and often grim.  At sixteen he was up to his ears in the Texas Revolution, a private in Captain Andrew Briscoe's company of Liberty Volunteers.  He participated in the siege of Bexar and was with the detail that guarded baggage, the sick and the wounded during the Battle of San Jacinto.  Then he went with Rusk's army to Goliad to give decent burial to the charred remains of those massacred on March 27, 1836; on his seventeenth birthday, June 8, 1836, he was discharged and made the journey back home on foot.  For his military service he was awarded bounty and donation grants; the donation grant, located in Jefferson county, he patented; the donation grant, which he sold, was in Denton county.  Again, a quarter of a century later, when his country needed him, he served her during the Civil War being detailed to procure beef for the Confederate Army.
          In 1838, at nineteen, William McFaddin married Rachel Williams, daughter of Hezekiah and Nancy Reams Williams of Beaumont but formerly of St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.  After his marriage, William became serious about bettering his condition in life, which is to say he set about amassing wealth.  In 1838, the Congress of the Texas Republic chartered the Neches Steam Milling Company at Beaumont, to Henry Millard, William McFaddin, Christian Hillebrandt, and others.  As he put it, he was only a farmer and a stock raiser, but he succeeded so well that by 1850 he was able to employ a resident teacher for his children.  In 1854 he built one of the few antebellum mansions in Southeast Texas, which was, according to one account, for forty years the finest residence in Jefferson county." [portions from "More Early Southeast Texas Families", by Madeleine Martin, Nortex Press, 1978.)
          (The 1850 Census indicated that William was worth $3,024.  By 1860, he was the sixth wealthiest individual in the county with a "worth" on the census of $43,000.  By the mid-1890s, when his son, "W.P.H." McFaddin was in charge of the family business, they owned companies involved in ranching, rice farming, irrigation, and rice milling, and reportedly owned more than 140,000 acres of land across the state of Texas and beyond.)  [email David McFadden, 21 July 2000]
    Person ID I14248  mykindred
    Last Modified Nov 14, 2014 

    Father James A. McFaddin,   b. May 05, 1789, Montgomery county, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 27, 1845, Natchitoches, Natchitoches parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Mackey,   b. Abt 1795, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 1818  Lisbon (now Lake Charles), Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1840  Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15564  Group Sheet

    Family Rachel Williams,   b. Mar 18, 1821, Saint Helena parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Apr 02, 1838 
    Notes 
    • They had nine children.
    Children 
    +1. James Alfred McFaddin,   b. May 05, 1840, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 25, 1916, Victoria county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. John Andrew McFadden,   b. 1844, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 29, 1863, Fordoche Bayou (Louisiana) on the Stirling Plantation Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    +3. Sarah L. McFadden,   b. 1846, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922  (Age 76 years)
     4. David H. McFadden,   b. Mar 1847, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1908  (Age ~ 60 years)
    +5. Drusilla Lillian McFadden,   b. 1849, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871  (Age 22 years)
    +6. Di Vernon "Eliza Ann" McFaddin,   b. Aug 1853, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1908  (Age ~ 54 years)
    +7. William Perry Herring "W.P.H.", "Perry" McFaddin,   b. Feb 05, 1856, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 05, 1935, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +8. Charles Walter McFaddin,   b. Nov 18, 1859, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 15, 1938, Casa Grande, Pinal county, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +9. Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" McFaddin,   b. 1862, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 28, 1889, Apopka, Orange county, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    Family ID F5042  Group Sheet

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    McFaddin, William (1819-1897)

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    Bumstead, Mourad
    Republic Of Texas Service Claims

  • Sources 
    1. [S577] Handbook of Texas OnLine, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/fmc47.html.

    2. [S808] Gedcom - Hamon, Gene.

    3. [S577] Handbook of Texas OnLine, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/fmcbd.html.



  
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