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Pleasants, George Washington  ( 1809 Mar 30  -  1892 Jan 7 )

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PLEASANTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON - Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 30, 1809. He emigrated to Texas in April 1834. (See Headright Certificate No. 154 for one-third of a league of land issued to him February 8, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Fort Bend County). He settled first at Columbia, where two of his sisters died of Cholera. One of the sisters, Fannie, was the wife of Kinchen Davis. He moved later to Fort Bend County.

Mr. Pleasants enlisted in the army in 1835 and served during the siege of Bexar. He re-entered March 25, 1836, in Captain William H. Patton’s company and served until May 7 when he was furloughed until he could recover his health. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 142 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to remain at the camp near Harrisburg on April 21st. He was made a deputy under John V. Morton, first sheriff of Fort Bend County, in 1837.

Mr. Pleasants was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and died at Blanco, Texas, January 7, 1891, and was buried there. On June 24, 1842 he had been married to Jane Ann Brush, who was born in New York, November 5, 1824. She and her mother, who was a widow, went to Fort Bend county on a visit to her sister, also a Mrs. Brush, they having married brothers. Being pleased with the country they made it their permanent home.

Mrs. Pleasants died at Blanco, November 1, 1896, while on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. West. Her remains were shipped to Richmond, Texas and placed by those of her husband, his having been previously exhumed and reinterred in the Masonic cemetery.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Pleasants were (1) Frances Cornelia, (2) Mary C., (3) Edward R., (4) Jesse G., (5) Frank P., (6) Guy M. Bryan and (7) Emma B. Pleasants.

(1) Frances Cornelia Pleasants was married to Frank T. Lafayette Bell. Mrs. Bell died in Houston May 21, 1939, survived by his daughter Mrs. Willie B. Ransom of 2508 Genesee Street, Houston. She was also survived by a sister Mrs. Emma West, San Antonio and by ten grand-children and ten great grandchildren.

(2) Mary O. Pleasants was married to William B. Robinson in 1865.

(3) Edward R. Pleasants was married to Nettie Bell in 1869.

(4) Jesse G. Pleasants was married to Ettie Moore in 1875. They had one son, Robert.

(5) Frank P. Pleasants died young.

(6) Guy M. Bryan Pleasants died at the age of nine years.

(7) Emma B. Pleasants was born to John West in 1883. In 1939 Mrs. West was living in San Antonio.

PLEASANTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON – Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 30, 1809 and emigrated to Texas in April, 1834. He settled at Columbia where he remained until 1833. Two of his sisters succumbed to Cholera that year, each leaving children whom Mr. Pleasants reared.

Mr. Pleasants enlisted in the army in 1835 and served during the siege of Bexar. He re-entered March 25, 1836, in Captain William H. Patton’s company and served until May 7 when he was furloughed until he could recover his health. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 142 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to remain at the camp near Harrisburg on April 21st. He removed to Fort Bend County and was made a deputy under John V. Morton, first sheriff of the county in 1837.

Mr. Pleasants was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and died at Blanco, Texas, January 7, 1891, and was buried there. On June 24, 1842 he had been married to Jane Ann Bush, who was born in New York, November 5, 1824. Her mother was a niece of Lord Fornum of England. Mrs. Pleasants died at Blanco, November 1, 1896, while on a visit to her daughter. Her remains were shipped to Richmond, Texas and placed by those of her husband, his havingbeen previously exhumed and reinterred in the Masonic cemetery. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pleasants, Mrs. Nana Bell, was living in Richmond in 1932.

Mrs. Frank T. Bell

2508 Genessee, Houston

Pleasants, George W.

Headright Feb. 8, 1838 Ft. Bend County

Texas in April 1834

Name not on roll

Page 232 army rolls

Colonel Jesse Benton, Jr.

Shows George Pleasants as a participatn of the battle of San Jacinto.

Daughter Cornelia was married to Frank T. LaFayette Bell who died in Houston May 21, 1939. She was survived by her daughter Mrs. Willie B. Ransom of 2508 Genesee Street. She was also survived by a sister, Mrs. Emma West, San Antonio and by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Texas April 1834

H R No. 154

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FT. Bend

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.


Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Company: [Capt. William H. Patton] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1809 Mar 30
  • Birthplace: North Carolina, Raleigh
  • Came to Texas: 1830
  • Date of Death: 1892 Jan 7
  • Burial Place: Richmond, Texas
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Donation Certificate: 142
  • Wife: Jane Ann Brush
  • Children: Frances Cornelia Pleasants Bell; Mary O. Pleasants Robinson; Edward R. Pleasants; Jesse G. Pleasants; Frank P. Pleasants; Guy M. Bryan Pleasants; Emma B. Pleasants West


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