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Letter: Mike Watson story connects to Texas family

Karla McDonald Jones writes:
Hello Linda, I'm writing to you from Texas! There is an article in Columbia Magazine, the date is listed Veterans Day, 2011. It is titled "Adair Countians and the War for Texas Independence 1836". The article is written by Mike Watson. He gives a very interesting story. A call was made for volunteers in Adair County on 29 July 1836; for volunteers to go to Texas. The article states that 78 men answered that call.

Allen D Patterson was elected captain of the company, and Henry Moore was to act as 1st Lieut. There is a list of 48 of the 78 men who volunteered, he says that the other names are lost. However, one of the 48 listed is my 3rd Great Grandfather, Joseph Grider.

I am looking for deeper, further information on this article. Were there actual militia muster rolls? Is there any documentation, or any kind of a paper trail that details this happening? Articles from July 29, 1836? Do ya'll have an archives in Adair County? I am looking for articles, documentation, muster lists/rolls, further information about this happening.

I have many ancestors from Adair, Russell and surrounding counties. I was planning a trip to come visit and do some Family History Research, and then Covid hit. So I haven't made it to visit yet.....I have been conducting Family Research for 30+ years. Thank You for any help or direction you can give me. - Sincerely, Karla
Karla McDonald Jones, (903) 806-3865,
Thank you for your letter to Columbia Magazine, Karla! We have an excellent new History and Genealogy Center where you can work directly with writer/historian Mike Watson and others to dig as deeply as you wish into family history from Adair, Russell and surrounding County family information. Hope to meet you when you visit! - LW

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