Redgate, Samuel Joseph (1800–1893)

By: Allen Kibler and Dawn Kibler

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 1995

Updated: May 3, 2019

Samuel Redgate, legislator, was born in Bristol, England, in 1800. He moved to the United States in 1829 and settled in Dayton, Ohio. He first visited Texas in 1828 but did not stay. When he returned in 1839, he was granted a headright of 320 acres in Colorado County close to Frelsburg. He was elected justice of the peace, Precinct 3, Colorado County, in the same year and was reelected in 1841 and 1843. In 1842 he served under Gen. Edward Burleson as a volunteer from Colorado County in the Vásquez campaign. On May 30, 1843, Redgate married Mary Theresa Juergens. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives for the first regular session of the state legislature in 1846. He served a second term in the Eighth Legislature, 1860–61. During this period he was one of the few representatives who stood firmly against secession. Despite this, he remained in Texas throughout the Civil War. His business activities included a corporation in Columbus, which processed cotton and wool. In the Texas census of 1870 the Redgates are not listed, and by 1871 they are recorded as living in Dayton, Ohio. There Redgate was a partner in the People's Bank and Saving Depository. In 1876 he was strongly influential in organizing the Eagle Colonizing Association, which was formed to bring 350 Germans from the Midwest to Taylor County, Texas. After his wife died in Dayton in 1891, Redgate moved back to Texas and settled in Weatherford. He died in Weatherford on May 20, 1893. In the centennial year 1936 the state of Texas placed a monument near his grave at the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. Redgate Creek in northern Colorado County is named after him.

Joe E. Ericson, Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836–1846): A Biographical Directory (Dallas: Taylor, 1980). Gustavus Adolphus Holland, History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin (Weatherford, Texas: Herald, 1931; rpt. 1937). Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1962 (Austin, 1962). E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912).


  • Peoples
  • English
  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Politics and Government
  • First Legislature (1846)
  • House

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

Allen Kibler and Dawn Kibler, “Redgate, Samuel Joseph,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 27, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995
May 3, 2019