“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Hockley in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Samuel McCarley Homesite

Texas Army Camp - April 15, 1836

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By Brian Anderson, September 28, 2019
1. Samuel McCarley Homesite Marker
Inscription.  Samuel McCarley (1775-1838), his wife Celia (1794-1873), and their ten children settled near here on Spring Creek in 1831. By 1836 the McCarley home was located on a well-traveled road linking Washington-on-the-Brazos (30 mi. NW) with Harrisburg (40 mi. SE). Their neighbor, Abraham Roberts, lived about three miles east at a fork in the road. One fork led east to the Trinity River and the other southeast to Harrisburg.

On April 15, 1836, the Texas army led by General Sam Houston left camp near the Brazos River and marched east, arriving here at dusk. Overnight, Houston's 1100 hungry soldiers consumed cattle, corn, and bacon belonging to the McCarleys and burned about 4,000 of their fence rails for fuel.

According to post-war accounts, many in the Texas army strongly suspected that Houston was unwilling to engage the Mexican army, known to be advancing toward Harrisburg. On April 16, however, Houston and the Texas soldiers took the Harrisburg Road at the fork and on April 21 defeated the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto to win Texas independence. Samuel McCarley died in 1838 and in 1858 the State of Texas awarded
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By Brian Anderson, September 28, 2019
2. Samuel McCarley Homesite Marker
his widow, Celia, $460 as compensation for damages caused by the Texas army.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793-1993

Incise on base: Project of Jeffrey D. Dunn & Edward W. Turley, Jr.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10726.)
Location. 30° 4.18′ N, 95° 48.424′ W. Marker is near Hockley, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Waller-Tomball Road (Farm to Market Road 2920) and A J Foyt Road, on the right when traveling west on Waller-Tomball Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hockley TX 77447, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Roberts Homesite (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of New Kentucky (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kleb Family House (approx. 4 miles away); Rose Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Rose Hill Methodist Church Building (approx. 5.9 miles away); Salem Lutheran School (approx. 8.3 miles away); Old Salem Lutheran Church Site (approx. 8.3 miles away); Salem Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 9 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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