Gossett, Andrew Edwards (1812–1890)

By: Christopher Long

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

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Andrew Edwards Gossett, early Houston County settler and participant in the Texas Revolution, son of Elizabeth Stone (Edwards) and Elijah Gossett, was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on July 19, 1812. He moved to Texas with his family in 1833 and settled on Hurricane Bayou in Houston County, five miles north of the site of present Crockett. Gossett, his father, and two of his brothers served in the Texas war for independence, and each received a bounty grant of 320 acres in recognition of his service. In 1837 Gossett built a home east of Crockett. The house is said to have been the first weatherboarded house in the Republic of Texas. When Houston County was formed in 1837, Gossett donated land for a county seat, and he and his father were accorded the privilege of naming the new county and county seat. They chose the name Houston for the county, in honor of Sam Houston, who had been their commander, and Crockett for the county seat, after David Crockett. Crockett, a boyhood friend and neighbor of Elijah Gossett's in Tennessee, had camped on the Gossetts' land near Hurricane Bayou on his way to San Antonio in January 1836. Gossett was elected Houston county sheriff on September 14, 1839. He served for a time as chief justice of Houston County and later as county judge and trustee of Trinity College. He married Rhonda E. Mulder on December 27, 1831, in Tennessee; they had nine children. After her death in 1853, Gossett married Mary Margaret Murchison, on January 22, 1857; this couple had two children. Gossett died on March 24, 1890, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett. In 1964 a Texas historical marker was placed at his home in Crockett.

Houston County Historical Commission, History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979 (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Heritage, 1979). Houston County Cemeteries (Crockett, Texas: Houston County Historical Commission, 1977; 3d ed. 1987). Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin.

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

Christopher Long, “Gossett, Andrew Edwards,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/gossett-andrew-edwards.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995