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EASLEY, SAMUEL ALLEN

EASLEY, SAMUEL ALLEN (1826–1899). Samuel Allen Easley, farmer, stock raiser, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Pickens County, South Carolina, on August 26, 1826, the son of John Allen and Elizabeth (King) Easley. Easley was raised in South Carolina and on June 8, 1848, he married Elizabeth Sloan in Pickens County. This couple had three sons and five daughters. Easley immigrated with his family to Texas in 1852, intending to settle in Kaufman County. Upon his arrival, however, Easley received a tip concerning a tract of land in Williamson County to be had at a bargain price. Easley toured the tract—along the San Gabriel River—and elected to purchase it. Here he engaged as a farmer and stock raiser. By 1860 Easley had expanded his holdings to include 3,350 acres of land, several thousand head of livestock, and approximately fifty slaves. In addition he owned and operated a cotton gin. In 1861, following the outbreak of the Civil War, Easley volunteered for service in the Confederate Army. Easley was given command of a militia regiment in Williamson County and assigned the rank of colonel. In 1863 he was ordered to assemble a company of cavalry and join Mann's Regiment, a unit assigned to coastal defense duty in the vicinity of Galveston. Easley, now a captain, spent approximately two years in this new capacity. Prior to the end of the war he returned to Williamson County where he was given command of another militia unit—the Fourth Texas State Cavalry—and reassigned as a lieutenant colonel. Following the war Easley returned to the maintenance of his holdings and assumed an active role in state and local politics. In 1873 he won election on the Democratic ticket as representative for District Twenty-eight—comprised of Travis, Williamson, Burnet, Lampasas, San Saba, McCulloch, Concho, Llano, and Blanco counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. Though this session marked his sole turn at state office, Easley continued to be politically active. Over time, however, he began to shift his allegiance away from the Democratic party to the Prohibition party. Easley died in Williamson County in 1899 and was buried there. He was a Methodist and an Odd Fellow.

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John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978; reprod., Austin: State House Press, 1988). Family Search, "Samuel Allen Easley" (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed July 10, 2006. History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee, and Burleson Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). List of Field Officers, Regiments, and Battalions in the Confederate Army 1861–1865 (Mattituck, New York: J. M. Carroll, 1983). Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

Stephanie P. Niemeyer and Aragorn Storm Miller

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer and Aragorn Storm Miller, "EASLEY, SAMUEL ALLEN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fea19), accessed September 23, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.