June 2, 2017

Sampson Connell

   Sampson Connell, son of Giles and Elizabeth Gibbs Connell, was born about 1787 near Spartanburg, South Carolina. He married Millie Cook about 1810 in Tennessee, and the two went on to have ten children. He fought in the War of 1812 as well as the Battle of New Orleans. Sampson, his wife and seven of their children emigrated to Texas in 1834, first settling in Mina where Millie died in August 1834. he became a wagon master for the Texan Army and listed in the garrison at Bexar in February, 1836, and it is believed that he delivered the last load of supplies to the Alamo before it was barricaded. He was in Gonzales when he heard the news of the Goliad Massacre and the Fall of the Alamo.

   He fought at the Battle of an Jacinto on April 21, 1836, as part of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of Mina Volunteers. By 1838, he was married to Sarah J. (last name unrecorded) and his family were all living in Washington County, where he was granted a league of land for his military service. He died on July 27, 1845 while living near Brenham and buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Independence Cemetery.

Note: Connell's grave was unmarked when he was buried and the exact location has been lost, but it is likely he rests somewhere in the photo below, as this area is where many who died in 1846-1848 lie.


Old Independence Cemetery

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