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Laura Virginia GANT

Female - 1915

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  • Name Laura Virginia GANT 
    Gender Female 
    Died Feb 1915  TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mr. Hill's third wife was Laura Virginia Gant. Children of this union were Elizabeth and Laura Hill. Mr. Hill died in Fayette County in July, 1889, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association, and is buried in a marked grave in the Hill family cemetery. Mrs. Hill died in February, 1915.

      While nothing is yet known about Laura Gant's background, the following information from the online version of "The New Handbook of Texas" might be a connection. The dates/places fit for this William Gant to be either a father or brother or relative in some way to Laura Virginia Gant. More research needed. This Gant would have arrived in TX about the same time as Isaac L. Hill, both lived in Washington Co., and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto with Isaac L. Hill. Both served in the TX Legislature. It would be very likely they would have known each other and each other's families.

      "GANT, WILLIAM W. (1809-1840). William W. Gant, physician, soldier, legislator, and publisher, was born in January 1809 in Tennessee. He arrived in Texas on February 21, 1835, and settled in what was then Washington County. In early 1836 Gant and Andrew J. Geer began publication of the Texas Reporter at Washington-on-the-Brazos. At least two issues were published, one on January 14, 1836, and one on March 2, 1836. Gant joined Capt. Peyton R. Splane's company on February 27, 1836, and fought at the battle of San Jacintoqv with Capt. Robert J. Calder'sqv company. It is claimed that Gant treated Juan N. Almonteqv after San Jacinto. He remained in the Texas Army until May 29, 1836. In the summer of 1836 he was elected to represent Washington County in the First Congress of the republic, which convened on October 3, 1836. He continued to represent the county in the Second and Fourth congresses of the republic and completed his term on February 5, 1840. Gant died in October 1840 in Grimes County and is buried at Navasota. He was married, and his widow remarried, but neither her name nor the name of her second spouse is known.

      Asa Walker, a defender of the Alamo, moved to Texas at Gant's expense and took Gant's overcoat and rifle with him to the Alamo, leaving his friend an apologetic note. Gant later sought and received appointment as the administrator of Walker's estate because of this debt."

      From "Biographies of the Men of San Jacinto by Louis Wiltz Kemp, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas"

      "GANT, WILLIAM W.--Born in Tennessee in January, 1809. He arrived in Texas, April 21, 1835, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him for one third of a league of land by the Washington County Board, January 10, 1838.
      Mr. Gant received Bounty Certificate No. 2066 for 320 acres of land for serving in the army from February 27 to May 29, 1836. He was a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane's Company but served in Captain Robert J. Calder's Company at San Jacinto. On May 22, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 190 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

      Mr. Gant was a member of the House of Representatives from Washington County, of the First to Fourth Congresses, inclusive, of the Congress of the Republic. He died in what is now Grimes County in October 1840 and is buried in a marked grave in a cemetery in Navasota.

      The Probate Records of Washington County contain an interesting letter to Mr. Gant from his friend Asa Walker who emigrated to Texas with him in 1835, from Columbia, Tennessee, Mr. Gant advancing $35.87 for Mr. Walker's expenses for which Mr. Walker gave his note, November 28, 1835. Later in the year Walker joined the Texas Army taking with him Mr. Gant's rifle and overcoat. He fell with Travis at the Alamo and Mr. Gant put a claim in against the 640 acres of land due Walker for being killed of $35.00 for the rifle and $20.00 for the overcoat. As evidence of the indebtedness he filed the following note with the Court, from Mr. Walker: "Mr. Gant - I take the responsibility of taking your overcoat and gun-your gun they would have any how and I might as well have it as any one else. If I live to return I will satisfy you for all -if I die I leave you my clothes to do the best you can with. You can sell them for something. If you overtake me you can take your rifle and I will trust to chance. The hurry of the moment and my want of means to do better are all the excuse I have to plea for fitting out at your expense. Forgive the presumption and remember your friend at heart. (Signed) "A. WALKER". Mr. Gant also produced the note from Mr. Walker for $35.871/2 for transportation from Tennessee to Texas, paid by Gant."

      San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas
    Person ID I0073  Hill Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2008 

    Family Living GILBERT 
     1. Elizabeth "Betty" or "Bessi" HILL
     2. Laura "Lollie" HILL
    Family ID F0034  Group Sheet