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JEFFERSON, JOHN R., JR. (1804–1888). John R. Jefferson, Jr., tavern owner, stage operator, and marshall, the son of John R. and Sarah (Criddle) Jefferson, was born in Cumberland, Virginia, on May 11, 1804. He moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1829, to New Orleans, where he operated a stage line. In 1838 he moved to Hinds County, Mississippi. On June 4, 1841, he married Eliza A. Coorpender; they had ten children. From 1842 to 1846 he was brigadier general of Mississippi militia. Jefferson moved to Seguin, Texas, in 1853. He was owner of a tavern and operated several stage lines until 1858. On April 22, 1862, he was appointed Confederate marshal of the Western District of Texas. His amnesty was granted on May 5, 1866. He died on March 23, 1888, in Seguin and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery there.


John R. Jefferson, Jr., Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. William S. Speer and John H. Brown, eds., Encyclopedia of the New West (Marshall, Texas: United States Biographical Publishing, 1881; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978).


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