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ENGLISH, LEVI

ENGLISH, LEVI (1817–1904). Levi English, pioneer, cattleman, and one of the first settlers of Dimmit County, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on August 25, 1817. His mother died while he was an infant, and he was brought up by his mother's sister and his uncle, Joel T. Walters. In 1824 his surrogate parents took him to Texas with them. English left home when he was about ten, and, according to his son Jake, lived for perhaps six months with a group of Comanche Indians. Family tradition says that English served as a scout for the Texas Rangersqv after leaving the Comanches and participated in several battles against Indians. According to his son, he also fought in the battle of San Jacinto, though no record of his service can be found. By the 1850s English had become a cattleman and a leader of a frontier community in Atascosa County, where he served as a county commissioner in 1856. In 1865 he led a group of fifteen families into what is now Dimmit County and established a settlement at Carrizo Springs. In 1880, when Dimmit County was organized and Carrizo Springs became the county seat, English donated land to the town for churches, schools, and a courthouse square. He married Matilda Burleson in 1838; the couple had at least one son, Jake, who was born in 1860. English died in Carrizo Springs on May 4, 1904.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Laura Knowlton Tidwell, Dimmit County Mesquite Roots (Austin: Wind River, 1984). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

John Leffler

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John Leffler, "ENGLISH, LEVI," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fen13), accessed October 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.