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SIDECK, PETER (1784–1838). Peter Sideck (Sydeck, Saidet, Sydix, etc.), an early settler in Refugio County, was born on September 20, 1784, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the son of Pierre Clavis (François) and Ursula (Schleyter or Chletre) Sideck. Around 1803 he probably moved from Natchitoches to the vicinity of Opelousas, Louisiana. In 1807 a Peter Sideck unsuccessfully sought land at Prairie Anacoco, east of the Sabine River, within the Neutral Ground. On August 22, 1811, a land certificate was issued by the commissioners of the Western District of Orleans Territory to a Peter Sydix for 200 acres on Beaver Creek near Bayou Chicot in St. Landre Parish. Sideck served as a private in the militia in Louisiana during the War of 1812. It was alleged that he participated in filibustering expeditions into Texas. He had a headright certificate issued by the Montgomery County board of land commissioners. It is not known exactly when he moved to Refugio County, where his brother John Baptist Sideck resided. It appears that Peter was killed in an Indian raid on the San Antonio River in Refugio County in 1838.


Hobart Huson, Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (2 vols., Woodsboro, Texas: Rooke Foundation, 1953, 1955). Immaculate Conception Church Birth Records, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Marion J. B. Pierson, comp., Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1963).

Talmadge Buller


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

Talmadge Buller, "SIDECK, PETER," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.