“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Tumlinson Family

Tumlinson Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, January 24, 2010
1. Tumlinson Family Marker
This marker is adjacement to the Rangers of Austin's Colony marker.
Inscription.  John (1776-1823) and Elizabeth Plemmons (1778-1829) Tumlinson were born in Lincoln County, North Carolina and lived in Tennessee, Illinois, and Arkansas before coming to Texas with their seven children as members of Austin's Old Three Hundred Colony. The Tumlinson family settled on the Colorado River. Austin's colonists were divided into two districts; the settlers of the Colorado District elected John Tumlinson their first Alcalde, the chief executive in a Spanish municipality. Among his duties were administering justice and organizing a militia among the colonists.

In May 1823 the first official Texas Ranger Company was organized to protect settlers from Indian attacks. John Tumlinson was killed in such an attack by Waco Indians in July of that year while en route to San Antonio to buy gunpowder for his militia.

Elizabeth Tumlinson was granted a league of land in a desirable location in the center of the Colorado District in August 1824. She and her children remained in Austin's Colony. John J. Tumlinson, Jr., became a Texas Ranger Captain in 1832 and was the first of many of his descendants to serve the Rangers. His brother
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Peter joined the rangers in 1835. Fourteen other men who were related to John and Elizabeth Tumlinson by blood or marriage served in the Texas Rangers between 1859 and 1921, and several other Tumlinsons were frontier lawmen. The town that grew up around the Elizabeth Tumlinson league became known as Columbus in 1835. The legacy of the Tumlinson family, Old Three Hundred Colonists, farmers, alcaldes, landowners, rangers, and lawmen, continues to be felt throughout the region.
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission, sponsored by descendants of John Jackson and Elizabeth Plemmons Tumlinson. (Marker Number 15368.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1823.
Location. 29° 42.33′ N, 96° 32.393′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is on Spring Street, on the right when traveling west. On south side of courthouse square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rangers of Austin's Colony (here, next to this marker); Stafford-Miller House (a few steps from this marker); Colorado County, 1837, and Robert "Three-Legged Willie" Williamson (within shouting
Rangers of Austin's Colony and Tumlinson Family Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
2. Rangers of Austin's Colony and Tumlinson Family Markers
distance of this marker); Old Stafford Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (within shouting distance of this marker); Colorado County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Colorado County (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
More about this marker. Along the frame of the marker is inscribed, "Researched by James G. Hopkins." An additional, smaller marker attached below the main marker reads, "Marker sponsored by descendants of John Jackson and Elizabeth Plemmons Tumlinson, many of whom are members of "Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundred." "
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,033 times since then and 249 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 21, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on April 13, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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