The John Chisolm in your first paragraph was John Simpson Chisum
(1824-1884). You can read about him in "Handbook of Texas Online",
In your third paragraph, you asked about Temple Houston. That was Temple
Lea Houston, b. 12 Oct 1860, youngest son of Sam Houston and Margaret Lea.
He was the first child born in the Governor's Mansion. The Mansion was
designed by Abner H. Cook, built 1854-1856, and currently occupied by Rick
Perry (R), the Governor with good hair. The Mansion is described on pp 28-33
of "Landmarks of Texas Architecture" by Lawrence W. Speck. You can find a
picture of it that I made about 50 years ago on p 17 of "Austin Texas"
(Images of America series), by Karen Thompson.
Temple Houston was raised by relatives in Georgetown, TX, after his parents
died. He lived a short but colorful life. He was the model for Edna Ferber's
character, Yancey Cravat, in her novel "Cimarron". At 13 he drew top-hand
wages as a cowboy and rode up the cattle trails to Montana. At 15, he got a
job as a page in the U.S. Senate and studied law for 3 yrs. He passed his
Texas bar exam at 18 and at 19 was elected DA for 32 of Texas' northernmost
counties. At Old Tascosa he won a marksmanship with Billy the Kid arranged
by Bat Masterson. He was elected state senator from the Panhandle at 24. In
1889 he left Texas to join the land rush into Indian Territory. He lived at
Woodward until he died at the age of 45, before OK became a state.
You can read more about Temple Houston in Handbook of Texas Online. Better,
if you can find it, is Frank X. Tolbert's version in Chap. 15 of his
"Informal History of Texas".
Subject: [ERATH] Sam Houston, Jesse Chisolm , John Chisum & Cattle trails.
-Rogers & others.
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 19:48:59 -0800
I am seeking info on the John Chisolm , born Knoxville , Tennessee and
County Clerk in Paris, Texas before his Denton County ranching ended. He
and/or Col. Goodnight and /or Mr. Loving and/or W.T. Wagoner drove cattle
from Denton County to San Angelo- Concho Valley, through Erath County
An earlier John Chisholm was ran an inn and bar in Knoxville, Name was
re- spelled to Chisum-Chissum- Chisholm-Chisolm. He advocated getting
British help to keep the Mississippi ports open for Overmountain
frontier-Tennessee & others- to continue their river trade, which did not
help Atlantic States. A note carried by James Carey (connections unknown-
but a scout and Indian translater)from Senator Blount in Washington . This
caused Blount to be impeached by U.S. Senate, caused problems for Mr.
Chishum, and my grandad 8 times back, Gov. John Sevier of Tennessee.
Also, Jesse Chisolm never drove a cow (Except his milk Cow), but was an
Indian Translater and scout who was hired by Republic of Texas Pres. Sam
Houston to arrange peace parleys with Cherokee and other tribes , first 6
miles south of Waco, then Comanche Peak, once part of Erath or Hood County.
Then this Chisholm travelled for U.S. to arrange treaty parleys.
He then laid out a Freight wagon road from Mud Creek on Red River, then
to Yukon, Okla. and to Kansas for his scaterred frontier stores and
Government supplies for Indians on reservation. This trail was joined by
the Eastern or Texas or McCoy Trail, from San Antonio to McGregor, then up
the Bosque and Brazos crossing at Kimbell Bend., going East
intoJohnson County. That route leaces Waco out. This is what people call
the Chisholm Trail. Sam Houston's second wife in Arkansas - was she a
Rogers or a Chisum???Wasn't Temple Houston of Fredrick , Okla. Sam's son,
and by which wife???His photo graces the Dairy Queen there.
John Chisum of Concho Valley sold herds to Goodnight & Loving or hired
them to drive to Pecos, Tex & north to Colorado and poersonally drove
cattle to Lincoln, New Mexico to Tunstill & McSween & was behind Pat
Garrett being sheriff. There were 3 other Chisums with him some. He
also had two Chisum Trails north nd west out of Tascosa, Texas. There is
today a Lonesome Dove Missionary Baptist Church near Denton County line.
Haven't I seen the Chisum name in Erath County? Most were half Cherokee
Also, who was the Jesse Chisum in Broken Bow, McCurtain County, Oklahoma,
who drove cattle to Illinois across Missouri east of the Shawnee Trail- or
Pig Trail- or Wire Road??? Were any of these related to the Chisums in
Erath County? Who drove cattle through Cranfils Gap? Kuykendalls or
others??and which one drove a herd to Vicksburg, Miss. during Civil War??
Charles A. Wyly
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