Posted 4 years ago
This is a picture of my gr gr gr grandfather John A Windle who was born in Virginia in 1801-04. He came to Texas in 1835 according to the Certification for his land grant. He received the land grant from the Republic of Texas for 6,468 acres ( a first class land grant for a league and labor) in Fannin Co. Texas just south of the Red River. He never lived on the land he received, but his son John William (my great, great, grandfather) did. John A settled in Henderson in Rusk Co. TX. His side of the family is of German descent.
The third picture is of John A's rifle, which features a star on the stock of the rifle. No one in the family knows if he received the rifle when he got his land grant, or got it later. His step brother in law was Gen. James Smith who fought in the war of 1812, John A married James' half sister Permelia Lusk whose mother along with James' was Beersheba Harrington Smith Lusk. Gen. James Smith is credited as giving the state of Texas it's lone star symbol, he removed a button from his coat that featured a star and used it to seal a communication.