David Crockett Burleson (1837 – 1911)

“BURLESON, DAVID CROCKETT (1837-1911).  David Crockett Burleson, a member 0f the Texas Rangers and Civil War officer, the son of Sarah (Owen) and Edward Burleson Sr., was born on September 6, 1837, probably in Bastrop County, Texas.

In 1848 he family settled near San Marcos, where Burleson got the early education that prepared him to attend Baylor University.  In 1855 he served James Hughes Callahan’s company of Texas Rangers.  The following year he and his brother Edward Burleson, J., traveled to Mexico to clarify some Hays County land titles.  They had little success with the title problem and decided to purchase some cattle , and they were jailed for two weeks at Hacienda Potosi.  Burleson spent the rest of the pre-Civil War decade as sergeant-at-arms of the Texas Senate.

He married Louisa Ware of Manchaca in 1861, shortly before he raised a company for the Confederate Army at Seguin and became a lieutenant in Company B, Thirty-second Texas Cavalry, which served throughout the war in Texas and Louisiana.  He purchased land in 1865 in the hill west of San Marcos and operated a horse ranch there before moving to Buda.

After his wife died in 1894 he move to Austin, where he was a member of the capitol police force until his death, on May 17, 1911.  He was buried in Live Oak Cemetery at Buda and was survived by four daughters and one son.”

Source:  The Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tsaonline.org/hanbook/online/articles/BB/fbu39_print.html


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