Gossett, Elijah (1788–1848)

By: Christopher Long

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

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Elijah Gossett, early Houston County settler and participant in the Texas Revolution, was born near Rutherford Creek, Tennessee, on February 1, 1788. He moved to Texas with his family in 1833 and settled on Hurricane Bayou, now in Houston County, five miles north of the site of present Crockett. Gossett and his three sons each received a bounty grant of 320 acres in recognition of their service in the revolution. When Houston County was formed in 1837, Gossett's son Andrew Edwards Gossett donated land for a county seat; Elijah and Andrew named the new county in honor of Sam Houston and the county seat after David Crockett, who had been a boyhood friend and neighbor of Gossett's in Tennessee and had camped on Gossett's land near Hurricane Bayou on his way to San Antonio in January 1836. In 1840 Gossett was elected chief justice of Houston County. He married Elizabeth Stone Edwards in Maury County, Tennessee, around 1810; the couple had at least three children. Gossett died on November 24, 1848, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Crockett. In 1937 the Texas Centennial Commission placed a marker on his grave.

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, Elijah,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 17, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/gossett-elijah.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995