WINTERS. James Washington Jr. and William Carver were born in GilesCo, Tennessee and came from Memphis, TN to Texas with parents, James Washington and Rhoda (Creel/Beal?) Winters, with siblings Bridges, Caroline, Grant Fannin, Jones, John F., Nancy, Polly, Sarah, Benjamin F., Ellen, Willis Billington, Taylor and Susan. The family first settled in Vehleins Colony in current MontgomeryCo where James Sr., John F. and James W. obtained land. The area was Winters Bayou in the Big Thicket twelve miles below present Huntsville.The town of Old Waverly stands on their land. Father James Sr. and brothers John F., James W. and William C. were on their way to the Battle of Bexar which was over before they arrived.  The brothers were on the field at San Jacinto in Capt. Ware's 2nd Infantry Company, 2nd Regiment of Volunteers. William Carver was severely wounded in the battle according to an affidavit signed by Capt. Ware. William Winters married twice and had eleven children by the second wife. William lived in several areas of Texas in ventures with his brothers, but in later years he settled in Hopkinsville, GonzalesCo, where he died in 1860.

James Washington WintersJames Washington Winters Jr. (1817-1903) (m. Percy Tullis from MS) participated in the Battle of Salado and was with the Somerville expedition, returning with Sommerville without continuing on the Mier Expedition.  James Winters lived for a time in Prairie Lea, CaldwellCo where he owned a mercantile business and in Moulton, LavacaCo where he had a store.  After the loss by the CSA in the Civil War in which he participated, Winters moved to Tuxpan, Mexico where he farmed and ran a sugar mill.  After the death of two children and his wife, he returned to Beeville, TX and settled in FrioCo where he died near Bigfoot on 14 Nov 1903.  After the death of first wife Percy ca. 1875, Winters married Elizabeth Wier and was active in the Texas Veterans Association..  He is buried in the Brummett Cemetery, three miles northeast of Bigfoot.  James W. Winters Jr. left a short memoir of his service leading up to and the battle of San Jacinto.  [Photo:   From The Heroes of San Jacinto by Dixon and Kemp, most likely taken at a Texans Veterans gathering evidenced by the pin]


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DeWitt Colony Biographies

Biographies here are DeWitt Colonists (surnames beginning O-Z) and residents of the region prior to statehood in 1846. The listing includes biographies of 1828 Residents, The Battle of Gonzales-Old 18, Gonzales Alamo Relief Force, Gonzales Town Residents and Citizens-Free State of Lavaca.