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GLASCOCK, GEORGE JOHN, JR.

GLASCOCK, GEORGE JOHN, JR. (1799–1875). George John Glascock, Jr., early settler, the son of George John and Mary (Lee) Glascock, Sr., was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on March 20, 1799. His daughter Mary Ann often stated that her father fought in the War of 1812. Soon after the war, he met Ann Payne Coleman in Virginia, and they were married on January 18, 1819; they eventually had six sons and two daughters. In 1834 the family started for Texas. After a year in Alabama they boarded a boat to cross the Gulf. The trip took eight days, during which time several passengers died of cholera, and the boat hit bottom three times crossing the bar at Velasco before coming to a safe anchorage. The fifteen-year-old Mary Ann was selected to reply to the welcoming address they received.

George, his wife, their four children, and their slaves traveled to Washington City on a newly purchased horse and two wild mules. There they remained six to eight months while the slaves used a whipsaw to saw what may have been the first boards used for building in Washington-on-the-Brazos. After receiving a headright certificate for a league and a labor, they moved to Mina Municipality (now Bastrop County) just as the war with Mexico erupted. Glascock was away with the Texas army when the family joined the Runaway Scrape. The Glascock family was the last to travel through Mina as they joined the main body of noncombatants, about 300 in all. Mary Glascock rode on a cart, but the children walked the entire distance of over 300 miles. Mary Ann remembered taking with them Chesterfield's book on manners (Letters to His Son), her newly finished sampler, and one trunk apiece for her mother and herself. They crossed the Brazos River and were at the crossing of the Trinity River when news arrived of the Goliad Massacre; they hurried on.

They halted and camped two or three miles beyond the Sabine River, where they remained for two years before returning to Bastrop and home. They finally reached their old home at Webberville, to find only a shell with feather beds ripped open and the feathers scattered. However, with the help of their slaves, they soon settled back into their home. By 1860 Glascock's real estate was valued at $32,866 and his personal property at $7,870.

Ann P. Glascock lived to see all six sons in the Confederate Army; she died on September 8, 1863. Her husband lived another twelve years and died at the home of his oldest son at Mountain City, Hays County, on March 10, 1875. They were buried in the Glascock Cemetery near the present intersection of Farm roads 973 and 969 in Travis County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Austin History Center Files. James Milton Carroll, A History of Texas Baptists (Dallas: Baptist Standard, 1923).

Mrs. Harmon Watts

Citation

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

Mrs. Harmon Watts, "GLASCOCK, GEORGE JOHN, JR.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgl16), accessed October 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.