Menefee, Thomas (1779–1858)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 28, 2020

Thomas Menefee, early settler, son of John and Frances (Rhodes) Menefee, was born in Virginia on March 8, 1779. In 1785 the family moved to Knox County, Tennessee. There Menefee married Lucy Sutherland Paine, a widow with one child, on May 14, 1812. In 1823 he moved his family to Morgan County, Alabama. In 1830, with a group composed of Menefee and Sutherland family members, he traveled to Texas to settle in Stephen F. Austin's colony in what is now Jackson County. The settlement was a hotbed of anti-Mexican sentiment; Menefee's brother William Menefee called the "Menefee Meeting" of 1832, at which the settlers discussed stopping the Mexican army from going to the aid of Fort Velasco, which was under siege by Texans because of the imprisonment of William B. Travis, Monroe Edwards, Patrick C. Jack, and others. The meeting was important for consolidating the sentiment of the colonists. Menefee fathered nine children; two sons, John Sutherland and George Menefee, fought in the Texas Revolution. Thomas Menefee died at his home in Jackson County on December 29, 1858.

Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1894; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Ira T. Taylor, The Cavalcade of Jackson County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1938).

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

Anonymous, “Menefee, Thomas,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 05, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 28, 2020