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RESLEY, GEORGE

RESLEY, GEORGE (1813–1899). George Resley, soldier, scout, and surveyor, son of John and Mary (Snively) Resley, was born on May 13, 1813, in Hancock, Maryland. He moved to the Red River colony in Texas in 1836. Later he lived in San Patricio County. In 1842 Resley fitted himself out to go on the Somervell expedition but got sick and could not go. In 1843 he served in David Snively's Company C, under Jacob Snively's command, in the Texan Santa Fe expedition. In his written account of this journey he says that he was a member of the Red River Company and that "about ten of us was out all the time spying." In 1844 Resley was wounded on Capt. David Snively's expedition against the Indians on the Leon River. In 1848 he commanded two expeditions against the Indians west of the Nueces River, where he was wounded in the head and shoulder and had his horse shot beneath him. He served in the same territory under Lt. Andy Walker in 1849. In a letter written to his brothers in Hancock, Maryland, in 1856, he says that he went without bread or coffee for two years, during which he lived on buffalo, antelope, and bear. Resley was appointed surveyor for Milam County by provisional governor Andrew J. Hamilton in 1865. At that time Milam County included all or part of lands now belonging to thirty-five counties. Resley was a member of the Masonic lodge and a Baptist. He was married in 1855 to Sallie Louise Turnham from Kentucky, and they had seven children, all born in Milam County. Sources indicate that Resley might have had one or two marriages before this one. He died in Llano on March 1, 1899, and is buried there. Resley Creek, which starts in Erath County and flows into the Leon River, is named for him.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

H. Bailey Carroll, "Steward A. Miller and the Snively Expedition of 1843," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 54 (January 1951). Stephen B. Oates, ed., "Hugh F. Young's Account of the Snively Expedition as Told to John S. Ford," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 70 (July 1966).

Maxine Barton

Citation

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Maxine Barton, "RESLEY, GEORGE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fre43), accessed July 30, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.