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From: Bill or Joyce Morris <>
Subject: Roll Call: Sherwood Y. Reams
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 23:34:14 -0500

Here's an unusual story about a young Revolutionary Texian whose life was
saved by the measles.

Bill Morris
Chappell Hill

REAMS, SHERWOOD YOUNG (1812-1887). S.Y. Reams was born March 4, 1812 in
South Carolina.

In 1835 he immigrated to Texas from Tennessee, enlisting in The Army of
Texas on Sept. 14, 1835 under the command of Artillery Capt. James C. Neill
at Gonzales.

On Oct. 2, 1835 Reams participated in the Gonzales "Come and Take It"
skirmish with Mexican troops, with the colonists retaining possession of
the disputed cannon.

On Dec. 5-10, 1835 he served under Col. Neill and Ben Milam in the siege
and capture of San Antonio. Following the capture, Reams reenlisted on Dec.
15 in Capt. Almeron Dickinsons Artillery Company, assigned to fortify and
defend The Alamo, and was elected 2nd Lieut. Reams contacted measles and
was discharged on Dec. 28, and was returned to Gonzales, then to his home
in Austin County to recuperate.

On March 1, 1836 Reams left his sickbed and enlisted in Capt. Robert
McNutts Co. "E", 1st Regt. Of Texas Volunteers. When McNutt was promoted to
Major, Lt. Gibson Kuykendall assumed command, with Reams as 1st Sgt.

On March 13, Reams Company joined with The Texas Army and others in the
retreat eastward from Gonzales, the "Runaway Scrape".

On arriving at Harrisburg on April 18, Reams Co. "E" was detailed to remain
at Harrisburg as rear-guard and sick and baggage guard while Sam Houstons
'Army' marched eastward to San Jacinto, and destiny.

Reams was discharged due to ill health on May 1, 1836, but reenlisted on
May 18 as Private in Capt. B.F. Ravills Company of Texas Volunteers.

On July 1, 1836, Reams joined the newly-formed Company of "Mill Creek
Volunteers" from Austin County, with Capt. H.N. Cleveland as Commanding

Reams was honorably discharged from the Army of The Republic of Texas on
Oct. 1, 1836, and later received 1920 acres of Bounty and Donation Grant
land, in Austin and Milam Counties, for his military service.

Reams married Sarah Atkinson in Austin County on Sept. 14, 1837, and lived
briefly on Peach Creek in Gonzales around 1850.

Reams and family, back in Buckhorn, Austin County in 1870, with all his
land gone, was declared indigent and was granted a State Veterans Pension.

S.Y. Reams died in 1887 in Buckhorn, Austin County, and was buried in the
Buckhorn Cemetery. In 1936 The State of Texas placed a commemorative marker
on his gravesite, and mis-spelled his name as REAMOS, one of the 13
variations of the spelling of his name found on official documents.

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