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Brister Family

The Brister Family in Texas

The Brister family came to Texas before the Texas Revolution. There were several of them, mostly related. Two brothers, WIlliam and Daniel, fought in the revolution and received pay and land grants for reward. They brought a number of people from Natchez Mississippi and, by some accounts, from Ireland, to their landgrant in Bexar County, in that area to be split off later as Atascosa County.


Marvin Schubert's SURNAMES PAGE, includes NEWMAN.

In Atascosa County, Texas, near the current day town of Cambelltown, the Brister settlement was founded. It had its own school and probably its own church. A number of people lived in the area, including the Goynes and Goldman familes, related to the Bristers by marriage. All that is left is the old cemetary.Brister Cemetary List

A number of the young Brister men married Irish women, and it seems William and his son Wiley Frank, and maybe others, went to Ireland and brought back a boat full of brides. One story said they brought back an entire village. Frank, who had been married to Angeline Jourdan according to a list of Atascosa marriages, had wed an Irish woman named Lucinda Sullivan who died in childbirth on the sea passage. Frank hired young Frankie Newman to watch the child while he went with the men to Texas to settle their land. He returned or sent for the child and Frankie Newman, marrying her in Atascosa County.SEE"The Spirit of Lucinda Sullivan"

There is a record that Daniel and William Brister had headrights in Liberty County a few years later. but since the claim numbers are exactly what the Bexas-Atascosa claims were, the Liberty County grants may have been a registration error.

1850 Bexar County Census

William Brister, age 50, farmer, born in S.C. listed as family 169 on page 329/330 of the 1850 Bexar County census. He had living in his family Maryan, 35, born in Miss.; William, 14, Born in Miss; Wiley F., 12; George W. 10, Daniel J., 10, John C. 8, Yancy G., 6, James L. 3, & Martha J., 4/12, all born in Texas

Daniel Brister, age 45, a farmer born in Ky and family is listed as family 167 in the 1850 Bexar County census, page 330. No other Brister families listed

If you would like a copy of the census record, you should contact the registrar of the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society at Volunteers for the society do limited research at a cost of $7 an hour plus copy and mailing costs.

Walter Seaborn Brister was the youngest son of Frank and Frankie Newman Brister. At the age of 95 he was interviewed for a story in the Wilson Co. News.ARTICLE

"FIRST SETTLERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS VOL II, Headright land grants which were reported as genuine and legal by the Traveling Commissioners, January, 1840. Printed first by Cruger and Wing, Printers, Austin: 1841l Contains records from the following counties: Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, MIlam, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Red River, Refugio, Robertson, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Victoria and Washington". Reproduction Copyright 1982 by Carolyn R. Ericson and Frances T. Ingmire. --------------I have found copies of this book in two local libraries so I assume it is easy to find. Headrights are listed as First, Second, and Third Class with William and Daniel Brister having second class lands of 1280 acres each on October 4, 1838 in Liberty County on page 204. They are listed number 324 and 323.

"REPUBLIC OF TEXAS SECOND CLASS HEADRIGHTS" March 2, 1836-October 1, 1837. Record of Second Class Certificates. Compiled by Benjamin F. Purl, Texas Land Office Employee from old records. Begun Jan. 29, 1904. Finished April 6th, 1904. Transcribed and Additional Information by Alma Nettie Wilson Barnes, San Jacinto Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1974." Daniel and William again listed number 324 and 323, respectively. with land in Atascosa County in the Bexar land district, 1280 acres each on page 27. Atascosa County was carved from Bexar county along with numerous other south Texas Counties. A map included in the book was instructive.

Please note that both references had the same file number although the counties were different. The first reference had a number of file numbers for other individuals in the vicinity of 324-323. We know that the families resided in present-day Atascosa County. An 1840 map of Texas counties would be required to determine if Liberty County in those days had the same boundaries as it does today.

Other early Texas Bristers found:

Nathaniel R. Brister served with Fannin at Goliad from October 20, 1835 to March 27, 1836 when he was killed. His heirs received Bounty land grant for 1920 acres (redeemed as 1120 acres in Shackleford and Stephens Counties) and Donation Land Grant for 640 acres (redeemed in Haskell County). Pages 129 and 733 of "BOUNTY AND DONATION LAND GRANTS OF TEXAS, 1835-1888 by Thomas Lloyd Miller, 1967, University of Texas Press".

Benjamin K. Brister had third class Headrights of 320 acres in Houston, County on December 2, 1839 (Page 204). "FIRST SETTLERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, VOL. I".

Daniel Jasper was accused of the murder of M.L. Peavey on 30 June 1869 and was acquitted on June 26, 1872. He is buried at the Goynes Cemetary, near I H 35 about a mile north of Goynes Junction... On the west side of I H. 35.

Margaret Frances McMurray, Her father and Wiley W. Goynes, Sister Susan Goynes Tindol, and Martha Brister Goynes married to Wiley Williamson Goynes are also buried there. Other names include Bolgiano and Dickerson.


Now, ten men are a small crew to handle a herd of 4500 cattle, especially when the cattle are hungry, thirsty, and feverish from having been ginned about, especially also when the men have been in the saddle almost constantly for sixty hours. Fortunately, they had brought plenty of horses. They managed to get the cattle to the Lipan Creek by dark, camping near Dan Brister's Ranch.

That night word came in that another herd of cattle fresh from ranges to the east was over on Atascosa Creek to the south. In the morning Bill Butler took four men with him, leaving five to ride around the 4500 cattle. Towards the close of the day he returned with 1200 head that he had cut out of this second herd.

The men had now been in the saddle for three days and most of three nights. They had not had time to cook anything to eat, but had merely "snacked" off cold biscuits and meat that they had brought along in morrals. That morning before leaving the camp at the Brister's ranch, however, Butler had detailed A.M. Nichols, sixteen years old at the time to butcher a cow and cook her.

Nichols had borrowed an axe and a spade from Brister, had dug a trench, made a fire in it, and then built over it a scaffold of green poles. The meat of the cow had barbecued all day over the coals, and Mrs. Brister had cooked up a washtub full of biscuits. Also in borrowed utensils young Nichols had made five gallons of coffee. The cowmen from Goliad and Bee counties were hourly expected. At dusk they dashed in.


Martha was sister to William and Daniel. She was born 1804 in Kentucky, and died in Texas. She is buried Gussettville Cemetery. She married WILEY WILLIAMSON SR. GOYNES 09 May 1822 in Lawrence Co. Mississippi, son of JAMES GOYNES.

Gussettvill Cemetery beside the Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church. is where Wiley & Martha are buried.

The Cadiz baptist Church, first known as Lapara Baptist Church, was organized on Aug 12 , 1877, under a tree on land that now belongs J.H. Coward. Elders A.H. Barber, John East and James Scarborough assisted in the organization. The minutes of that organization show the following members coming by letter: Bro. George Barber, Bro. J.M. Davis, Elder John East, Sister Martha Goynes, Sister C.F. Johnson, Sister Elizabeth Collier, Sister Susan Dickerson, Bro. C.B. Ferrell, Bro. Edward Hinnen.

Bro. West Collier and Sister Susan Davis came by restoration. The same record shows the following members came by baptism: Sister M.D. Barber, Sister S.E. Brister, Sister Dollie Dickerson, Sister Michel Ferrell, Bro. Armey Judd, Bro. John Price, Bro. Edwin Sisson, Bro. G.W. Tindol Sister Susan Tindol, Sister M.J. Turner, Bro. Mark Judd, Sister J.F. Brister, Bro. Buck Cheak, Sister F.A. Ferrell, Bro. W.M. Jenkins, Sister Julia Judd, Sister Sarah Lee, Sister Laura Price, Sister Virginia Sisson, Bro. George Turner, Sister N.C. Turner.

These pioneer members of the church believed in Christians living exemplary lives as they understood the meaning; and when a brother or sister erred, a committee would visit the sinner and plead with him to repent and ask forgiveness and restoration to fellowship in the church. If this council was unheeded, the erring one would be excluded from fellowship of the church for an act of misconduct ranging from dancing or drunkenness to adultery. The church ceased this practice many years ago.

Notes for WILEY WILLIAMSON SR. GOYNES: Wiley Williamson Goynes filed a will in Live Oak Co. in 1877.

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