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Choate, David  ( 1811  -  1879 Jan 26 )

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CHOATE, DAVID JR. -- Born in Louisiana in 1811 a son of David and Sarah A. M. Clark Choate. In the Headright Certificate issued to Mr. Choate June 6, 1839 for one-fourth at a league of land by the Liberty County Board it is stated that he came to Texas in 1831. His father at Nacogdoches, October 27, 1834 secured a league of land from the colony of Joseph Vehlin. In applying for it he stated that he had a wife and six children. The land was surveyed in 1835 on Pine Island Bayou in what is now Hardin County.

Mr. David Choate, Jr., was on May 25, 1838 issued Bounty Certificate No. 3577 for 320 acres of land for serving in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He was a member of Captain William M. Logan's Company at San Jacinto and on May 28, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 244 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In Service Record No. 7613 it is stated that he drove and butchered beeves on East Bay for the troops stationed on Galveston Island from October 29, 1836 to January 8, 1837, for which he was due pay at the rate of two dollars per day.

It appears that David Choate, Sr., and his wife moved to Harris County and there died in 1845. At least their estates were probated in that county with David Choate Jr., and Thomas J. Choate as administrators.

The Headright, Bounty and Donation lands of Mr. Choate were surveyed in Hardin County on Pine Island Bayou. Adjoining this was surveyed the one-fourth of a league of land granted to Edmund Choate by the Jefferson County Board February 3, 1838. On this land Mr. David Choate, Jr., founded the town of Concord. There he died January 26, 1879, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

On his death bed Mr. Choate sent to Beaumont for his friend John Wood Davis and had him promise to remain with Mrs. Choate and manage her estate. Mrs. Choate died November 13, 1909. Leaving no children she had provided in her will that at her death all of her property should go to Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis, born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1845 died August 10, 1911.

On a plot of ground deeded by Mr. Choate for cemetery purposes are buried Mr. and Mrs. Choate and Mr. Davis in well marked graves. Heavy chains fastened to huge iron posts surround their burial lot. The cemetery in a grove of pine trees is near the present town of Voth, Hardin County. Old Concord once a thriving town is now but a memory.

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
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. William M. Logan

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1811
  • Birthplace: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1831
  • Date of Death: 1879 Jan 26
  • Burial Place: Voth, Hardin Co., Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3577
  • Donation Certificate: 244
  • Wife: Yes
  • Children: none

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