Tumlinson, Elizabeth Plemmons (1778–1829)

By: Samuel H. Tumlinson

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: August 28, 2020


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Elizabeth Plemmons Tumlinson, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, was born to John and Elizabeth Jane Plemmons in Lincoln County, North Carolina, on July 7, 1778. In 1796 she married John Jackson Tumlinson, Sr., and they had seven children. In 1821 Elizabeth and her husband left Arkansas for Texas to settle in the colony being established by Stephen F. Austin. Elizabeth was widowed in July 1823 when her husband, who was serving as alcalde of the Colorado District, was killed by American Indians. In 1824, Elizabeth received a league and a labor of land that had been selected by her husband, on the Colorado River at the site of present-day Columbus. Elizabeth lived on this property until her death on January 5, 1829. Following her death the land was divided into six sections among her heirs on December 19, 1833. Eventually, she was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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Verner Lee Bell, From Whence We Came: John Jackson Tumlinson and Elizabeth Plemmons, Their Descendents and Connections (Fort Worth: Landmark Publishing, 1999). 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). Dan E. Kilgore, A Ranger Legacy: 150 Years of Service to Texas (Austin: Madrona, 1973). Samuel H. Tumlinson, Tumlinson, A Genealogy (Eagle Bay, British Columbia, 198?).

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  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

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1952
August 28, 2020

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