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Subject: [Childress Research] LEMUEL CHILDRESS AND OTHER CHILDRESS/CHILDERS
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 22:51:25 -0400
PRIVATE PRIVATE 39 602
CHILDRESS,LEMUEL JACKSON'S DIV,
ASST.DEP.Q.M. DEP.Q.M.GENL. 39 602
William C. CHILDRESS. He was residing near Lem CHILDRESS' mill on the
Cherokee Purchase of Tennessee in 1835. the Cherokee Purchase is in or
around Monroe County, TN. Lem CHILDRESS apparently owned the mill? There
was a marriage recorded in Monroe County, TN in 1849 for Nelson BALL and
Ruth CHILDERS. Ruth's parents, could have been William and Frankey GRAY.
the CHILDERS name was from a previous marriage since she would have been
about 39 years old at the time of the marriage in 1849 to Nelson BALL.
Lemuel CHILDRESS/CHILDERS is listed on the 1835 Henderson roll of
Cherokees in the limits of TN in Chestooa Creek McMinn Co TN
Handbook of Texas website.
CHILDRESS, GEORGE CAMPBELL(1804-1841).George Campbell
Childress,lawyer,statesman,and author of the Texas Declaration of
Independence,qv son of John Campbell and
Elizabeth(Robertson)Childress,was born on January 8, 1804, at Nashville,
Tennessee. His sister Sarah later married James K. Polk,president of the
United States. In 1826 he graduated from Davidson Academy (later the
University of Nashville). He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1828
and married Margaret Vance on June 12 of that year. Their son was born
in March 1835,and Margaret Childress died a few months later. Childress
practiced law and for a brief period (September 1834-November 1835)
edited the Nashville Banner and Nashville Advertiser. In December 1834
he made his first trip to Texas, where his uncle, Sterling C.
Robertson,qv was organizing Robertson's colony.qqv
After spending some time raising money and volunteers in Tennessee for
the Texas army,Childress left permanently for Texas. He arrived at the
Red River on December 13, 1835, and reached Robertson's colonyqv on Jan
9,1836. The following February he and his uncle were elected to
represent Milam Municipality at the Convention of 1836.qv Childress
called the convention to order and subsequently introduced a resolution
authorizing a committee of five members to draft a declaration of
independence. Upon adoption of the resolution,
he was named chairman of the committee and is almost universally
acknowledged as the primary author of the document.
On March 19 President David G. Burnetqv sent Robert Hamiltonqv and
Childress, whose family was on friendly terms with President Andrew
Jackson, to Washington as diplomatic agents for the Republic of Texas.qv
They were instructed to negotiate for recognition of the republic. In
late May 1836 their mission was terminated when they were replaced by
James Collinsworth and Peter W. Grayson.qqv
On December 12, 1836, Childress married Rebecca Stuart Read Jennings;
they had two daughters.Childress returned to Texas three times-in
1837,1839,and 1841-to open law offices, first in Houston,then Galveston.
Each time he was unsuccessful in establishing a practice that would
support his family. On October 6, 1841, while living in Galveston, he
slashed his abdomen with a Bowie knife and died soon thereafter. On
August 21, 1876, Childress County was formed and named in his honor.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots
of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Cornelia Hood, The Life and
Career of George Campbell Childress (M.A. thesis, University of Texas,
1938). Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of
Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Texas House
of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and
Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
Volumes VIII and XI of Malcolm McLean's "Papers Concerning Robertson's
George C. Childress,Elijah R. Childress,Ann Maria Childress and John
Childress,James Childress and Elizabeth Childress were parties among a
large number of defendants in an 1826 case concerning the estate of
Elijah Robertson.G.C. Childress is identified as one of the committee
appointed to make arrangements for the reception of President Andrew
James R. Childress and a Robert Childress were involved in an Indian
battle in the summer of 1836.