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My Great, Great, Great, Grandfather John A. Windle, 1842, Rifle and Republic of Texas Land Grant

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Posted 4 years ago


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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.


  1. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Very cool family history!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    How about more pics of rifle & markings, cal. etc..
  3. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Not usually a gun fan, but that is a great heirloom and beautiful design. Keep it safe !
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Hunter, clocks & guns were the standard of quality in days of old. Appreciate them as they both show beauty & quality not shown in other items of those times. Having a hereditary tie to those items is as good as it gets!

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