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Life and Times in Albuquerque, Texas by Roy Sylvan Dunn
Southwestern Historical Quarterly 55 (July 1951).
At a point in the Hewell pasture, about seventeen of the twenty-five air
miles from Seguin to Nixon, the Post Oak Belt -which extends in a five
hundred mile crescent downward through Texas- opens into a gently sloping
prairie. This prairie of mixed soil, covered with broomweeds, needle,
mesquite, and sage grass, and a young growth of mesquite trees and prickly
pear, lies parallel to, and southwest of, the sand-banked, willow-lined
Clear Fork of Sandies Creek. It is about three hundred yards inside the
Gonzales County line (1) and two miles south of the Gonzales, Wilson, and
Guadalupe counties' junction.
It was upon this site about 1912 that William M. Magee, a real estate agent,
had fire set to an assortment of wooden structures that had been deserted
and decaying since 1883. (2) This act was a belated coup de grace for the
town of Albuquerque, Texas. Today, only a pecan tree, planted in 1865,(3) a
water well, and a scattered assortment of metal and glass objects, including
molten metal, a breast chain, a wagon kingbolt, part of a Spanish bridle
bit, a wine bottle stem, a broken whiskey jigger, a stove door, a Barlow
knife, square headed nails, and an empty cartridge case,(4) survive as
evidence of the village.
(1) Until a survey in 1914 by Wilson County surveyor W. T. Sutherland. this
site was believed to be in Wilson County. The surveyor's field notes (on
file in the General Land Office, Austin, Texas) state, in part, that "...
the lines as run and described above takes into Wilson County residences of
Tieken, W.O. Pattillo, Hans Patillo and B. W. Day and part of Will Magees
land heretofore thought to be in Gonzales County, and leaves in Gonzales
County J. B. Hewell and the McCracken Sisters who hitherto claimed Wilson
County....." Since 1914 the land in question has passed from J. B. Hewell
to his son J. A. Hewell.
(2) A letter from C. L. Patterson, January 15,1950 (MS. in the Archives;
University of Texas Library) states that he remembers playing in these
buildings with neighborhood children soon after their abandonment. A signed
statement of T. C. Hewell. August 1, 1950 (MS. in the Archives, University
of Texas Library) indicates that Magee burned the buildings shortly before
J. B. Hewell, T.C's father,' bought the place in 1912.
(4) In a signed statement dated October 2, 1950 (MS. in the Archives,
University of Texas Library), Donald Morgan identifies this cartridge case
as a 44/40 Winchester Repeating Arms Center Fire. Morgan states that the
case has been worn thin from reloading many times, a practice current during
the last century. and broken down under subsequent corrosion over a long
period of time.
more to follow......
Does anyone know anything about Albuquerque Texas, or the McCrackens?
ALBUQUERQUE, TEXAS. Albuquerque was on the Clear Fork of Sandies Creek two
miles south of the junction of Gonzales, Wilson, and Guadalupe counties in
Gonzales County. The site was believed to be in Wilson County until a 1914
survey showed it inside the Gonzales county line. Probably the settlement
was named by South Texans who had fought in New Mexico under Henry H.
Sibley. The town's official life spanned the years 1870 through 1883. A
United States post office, with William W. Davis as postmaster, operated
from 1870 to 1877; later that year it was reestablished by Mrs. Martha H.
McCracken and operated until 1883. Henry S. Hastings and Samuel
McCracken-Mississippian brothers-in-law-were the earliest settlers. At one
time the town had a cotton gin, a blacksmith shop, a mercantile store, a
saloon, a post office, a school, and several dwellings. On May 17, 1873,
John Wesley Hardin killed Jack Helm in Albuquerque, one of a series of
violent acts of the Sutton-Taylor feud. Albuquerque quickly declined after
business activities shifted to a new village, Union (sometimes referred to
as Union Valley), two miles south of the Albuquerque site. By 1912 only
deserted structures remained at the town site.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Roy Sylvan Dunn, "Life and Times in Albuquerque, Texas,"
Southwestern Historical Quarterly 55 (July 1951).
Roy Sylvan Dunn
The McCracken Cemetery is easterly on one of the roads off FM 1861 between
Nixon and Hwy 123. I think it might be 444 since that joins 117 which is by
the Clear Fork of Sandies Creek.
1870 Census - Knockernut (Wilson County)
Sam MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1807 Tennessee White Male
Martha MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1820 Indiana White Female
Anna MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1851 Mississippi White Female
Ella MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1853 Mississippi White Female
Helen MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1857 Mississippi White Female
Hortense MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1863 Texas White Female
Crawford MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1867 Texas White Male
M MccrackinPrecinct 4, Wilson, TXabt 1835 Mississippi Colored Male
1870 Census - Gonzales County
(did they move to Wilson County or did the county line just change?)
(Where was Ephraim?)
Alice MccrackenPrecinct 4, Gonzales, TXabt 1837 Mississippi White Female
Beatrice MccrackenPrecinct 4, Gonzales, TXabt 1867 Texas White Female
Imogene MccrackenPrecinct 4, Gonzales, TXabt 1860 Texas White Female
Lytle MccrackenPrecinct 4, Gonzales, TXabt 1838 Mississippi White Male
1880 United States Federal Census - Wilson County, Texas
Name Est.Birth YearBirthplace Relation
Ceasor MCCRACKEN <1815>North Carolina Self ??
Hannah MCCRACKEN <1820>Tennessee Wife
(can't find them anywhere in McCracken book)
Martha MCCRACKEN <1821>Indiana Self
(widow of Samuel McCracken 1807-1878, sister of Henry Hastings)
Green MCCRACKEN <1840>Mississippi Son
Hortense MCCRACKEN <1863>Texas Daughter
(Mattie Alice Hortense m. Wm Patillo + 10 children)
Crawford MCCRACKEN <1868>Texas Son
Ephraim Lytle MCCRACKEN <1837>Mississippi Self
Alice R. MCCRACKEN <1836>Mississippi Wife
Imogene MCCRACKEN <1861> Texas Daughter
Helen B. MCCRACKEN <1868>Texas Daughter
Neuian MCCRACKEN <1873>Texas Son
Gillian Maud MCCRACKEN <1876>Texas Daughter
Martha MCCRACKEN <1854>Alabama Self
[wife of Samuel Lycurgis McCracken 1843-1895, where is he?]
Seth MCCRACKEN <1875>Texas Son
Edward MCCRACKEN <1877>Texas Son
Lycurgus MCCRACKEN <1879>Texas Son
Monroe MCCRACKEN <1838>Mississippi Self ??
Margret MCCRACKEN <1855>Mississippi Wife
Louisa MCCRACKEN <1873>Texas Daughter
Ella MCCRACKEN <1874>Texas Daughter
Newton MCCRACKEN <1875>Texas Son
James MCCRACKEN <1877>Texas Son
Amanda MCCRACKEN <1878>Texas Daughter
Other children of Martha & Samuel not on census:
James Septimus McCracken 1842-1863 Battle of Corinth, Miss.
Anna m. James Burnside + 6 children
Ninian Steele McCracken 1851-1860 gin accident
Ella m. Jacob Matthews, + 6 children
Helen m. Alfred Stewart +6 children
Edward McCracken 1859-1863
The McCrackens were creative with names. ;-)
A Yankee McCracken in Missouri:
William Tecumseh Sherman McCracken 1865-1945
My grandmother was Sarah McCracken Reveley, and the Wilson County McCrackens
are 3rd or 4th cousins. I'm intrigued with the family.
Thanks for any help!
San Antonio, Texas