Rawls, Daniel (unknown–unknown)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995

Daniel Rawls, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, may have been from Missouri. He married Amelia Kincheloe Sojourner, daughter of William Kincheloe, in Louisiana in October 1823. On July 24, 1824, he received title to 1ΒΌ sitios of land now in Matagorda County. He was likely related to Benjamin Rawls and Amos Rawls; all three men's grants adjoined Caney Creek. The census of March 1826 classified Rawls as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty, with a household including his wife, aged sixteen to twenty-five, three sons, and one servant. In January 1827 Rawls signed resolutions of loyalty to the Mexican government and protested against the Fredonian Rebellion, and in 1828 he hosted Thomas J. Pilgrim and his companions as they made an exploratory journey through the area near his homestead. Rawls was among those awarded Matagorda town lots sometime after 1831 for making specific improvements to the land. He may have been living at LaVaca in June 1832, when he, along with Aylett C. Buckner, Thomas M. Duke, and others, was informed of the Anahuac Disturbances. He joined a company of colonists under Buckner to fight at the battle of Velasco. Amelia Rawls and her infant daughter died about 1833, and Rawls later sold his land to John Duncan. In December 1835 Rawls was one of a number of agents appointed to work under James W. Fannin, Jr., and Thomas J. Rusk to secure ammunition and other provisions in the Bay Prairie area for the Texas army. In February 1836 he voted in the Matagorda Municipality election to choose delegates to the Convention of 1836. He may have still been living in 1847, when his son, Aylett B. Rawls, brought suit in the district court to recover his mother's share of the Rawlses' estate.

Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968). Edgar F. Imle, An Abstract of Biographical Data in the Texas Supreme Court Reports, 1840 to 1857 (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1937). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986). Telegraph and Texas Register, December 12, 1835.

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

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June 1, 1995

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