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TUMLINSON, ELIZABETH PLEMMONS (1778–1829). Elizabeth Plemmons Tumlinson, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, was born to John Plemmons and Elizabeth Jane 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 Indians while on a mission to secure ammunition for the Texas Rangers. On August 16, 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 in January 1829. Following her death the land was divided into six sections among her heirs on December 19, 1833.


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?).

Samuel H. Tumlinson

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