Great Great Grandad William P. Hatchett came to Valley Mills- Hog Creek
area of Bosque County after War with Mexico, where he was a 1 year
contract Texas Ranger in a group of short term rangers who went into
Mexico to teach the U.S. Army how to use 2 six shooters and a pump
Rifle riding at full speed into Indian attacks, rather than leave theur
horses and set up a bipod single shot rifle. , and taught Army soldiers
how to scout for hostile Indians. He returned to Vaalley Mills, started
17 churches up the Bosque River and Duffau Creeks. He was also a Doctor ,
and had a pharmacy in old Velley Mills east of the River, where a flood
and some fire wiped out the old town.
He had a Daughter, Rena (Lorena ) Hatchett who married a Charles
Kuykendall ,1892, and children were Shelly, Bob or Rob, Kathy, and Lee.
Another sibling married a Womack.
Now, in a recent 2004- 502 page book EIGHTEEN MINUTES- THE BATTLE OF
SAN JACINTO, Stephen L. Moore lists 10 Kuykendalls in the Texas Army
under Sam Houston. I also had a distant kin there- Capt. Alfred
Henderson Wyly, who, with his Balch first cousins, deliverred the TWIN
SISTERS- cannons to Sam Houston before the attack on the Mexican Army,
asleep in their tents. He also has more details on the YELLOW ROSE OF
TEXAS - A free born mixed blood YOUNG LADY-, who spied in Santa Anna's
camp and deliverred his food to him and had ways to contact Sam Houston
when to attack before Santa Anna's reinforcements got there.
Texas Black Cowboys sang the Yellow Rose of Texas song to cattle when
they were restless . Bob Wills made the song famous, and the Yellow Rose
Hotel today , behind the Alamo, has a museum room about her . We
learned this song in Johnsville Elementary School and in 1936 Centenial
year we sang in Stephenville studios of KFPL Dublin radio.
One of our teachers was a n Atkins who was a Hatchett descendant from
Chalk Mountain, Erath County. She taught in Lingleville, Jophnsville,
Meridian, and Grandbury.
The book 'EIGHTEEN MINUTES " has an extensive bibliography and names of
Texas Soldiers and their units. Several of the rebels hadthe middle
name of Wyly- McCartys, Hollingsworth, an others)
Some is on Google.COM
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