Sally's Family Place - NEIGHBORS
This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!
Aaron Cherry 1778 PA - 1856 TX married Penelope Pierce?
of Aaron Cherry and wife Penelope Pierce?
i. John Jackson
Cherry 1831 - 1899
ii. Nancy Jane Cherry 1832 -
1850 Census Liberty County Texas
I have recently been given a
copy of a letter dated November 1, 1953 , from a Homer Cherry in
Kilgore, Texas. This letter and a copy of a newspaper article tell
about the Cherry clan as related to Aaron Cherry. At the bottom, a
hand written script ways "Moses Cherry, your ancestor, was a brother
of Aaron Cherry Sr. you are a descendant of noble
Aarron Cherry was my husbands 3rd Great Grandfather from his daughter Sarah that married Demcey Iles in La. Sarah and Demcey had a daughter Catherine that moved to Texas between 1880 & 1889 and that is where my mother in law and husband come in. My Mother in law is 96 years old, Catherine was her grandmother and a grandchild of Aaron Cherry. Carol
The Cherry brothers were given land in Ohio for their services in the army, and along with other members of the family, they moved in approximately 1803; to Highland County, Ohio, and settled on land given his brother Capt. William Cherry for services in the American Revolution (According to legend, it snowed every month of the year 1816 in Ohio.), following the close of the war of 1812.
During that period of colonization, Aaron Cherry, Sr., organized a party to seek their fortune in a strange new land of their dreams, inspired by the promise of liberal land grants from the Spanish Government to colonists in Texas.
With his family and other relatives, they set out on a new adventure. They floated down the Ohio River into the Mississippi River in flat bottom boats to New Orleans, LA. There one if their party died, William Cherry, a nephew of Aaron Cherry, Sr., it was the year 1818. From there they continued their journey by sailboat. That same year Aaron Cherry came to Galveston, while Jean Lafitte was in possession of the island. However, the pirate gave them no trouble since they were from the United States and Lafitte claimed to only rob Spanish ships. A friendship between Aaron Cherry, Sr. and Jean Lafitte was forged and lasted until the latter left for Central America. Col. David Carlton Hardy who was in Texas from 1839 to 1845 later wrote in a published article that anyone who wanted to get into a fight could do so by arguing with old Aaron Cherry; he was beyond 75 years old, with hair as white as cotton; that Jean Lafitte was a pirate.
There was only one settlement in what is now Liberty County at the time. Which was the Lallemand and Rigaud party of Frenchmen, who came there in 1818 and were driven out by the Spanish in early 1819. The Frenchmen quickly abandoned their settlement near what is now the town of Liberty and escaped, annihilation by the aid of Jean Lafitte at Galveston. (According to legend, Jean Lafitte fell in love with the beautiful Madeline Rigaud, whose husband had died on the Trinity shortly after their arrival there. It is said that Lafitte loved her tenderly. She died in Galveston, and according to tradition, he buried her under the "Maison Rouge", a famous landmark in Galveston, Texas.)
In 1819 the party came up the Trinity River to Drews' Landing, near what is now Shepard, Texas, and lived alongside the Coushatta Indian village until Aaron Cherry, Sr. was granted a league of land, 4428 acres, by the Mexican Government in Liberty County.
Aaron Cherry, Sr., built a double log house on his league of land on the East bank of the Trinity River about 1834, near the present town of Romayor. This location is now part if the Plantation Ranch. There was a large painting of the original Cherry home in the museum at the headquarters of the Ranch.
Joaquin de Rumayor, the brother-in-law of Aaron Cherry, Sr. was granted 6 leagues of land joining Aaron Cherry, Sr.'s and the town of Romayor, Texas was named for him. Joaquin de Rumayor, born in an Indian Village in Spain, married Honour Cherry, a sister of Aaron Cherry, Sr., in Antrim County, Ireland. Joaquin de Rumayor was very friendly with the Coushatta tribe of Indians. One of his followers, John Scott, became Chief "Tafaluka" of the tribe in 1873.
The Cherry family lived undisturbed among the Indians all through the revolution that caused Mexico to become independent from Spain and was identified with them for many years. They learned to speak the Indian’s language as well as they could speak their own. Family tradition says that Aaron Cherry, Jr. became a sub-chief in the Coushatta tribe. However, he got into trouble with the Big Chief over killing a horse and left the village.
It is evident that the friendly Indians protected the Cherry party. The friendship established by Aaron Cherry, Sr. has lasted down to the present generation. When the United States Government erected a monument to his memory for his service of the Revolution, Chief Ti-Ca-I-Che of the combined tribes of Alabimo and Coushatta Indians in a formal ceremony put his blessing on it and laid a wreath of flowers on the grave of Aaron Cherry.
In 1843, Sam Houston built his home near Aaron Cherry’s, and established the post office of Grand Cane. The old Concord Baptist Church organized in 1845 with Margaret Houston as one of the charter members was built on Aaron Cherry’s land. His son, William, and other family were among the early members, but there is no record of him ever being a member.
Sam Houston often visited the home of Aaron Cherry. On one occasion he wrote a letter dated "at A. Cherry’s, 80 miles From Houston, dated July 10, 1838, addressed to Dr. Ashbel Smith. It requested that in company of Mr. Jno. R. Johnson, the bearer, the doctor was to "come forthwith risking all hazards" on account of the illness of Mr. Ross, "who has been sick three days."*
Aaron Cherry lived to see his land become part of the Republic of Texas and
later a part of the United States. After he became too old for the chase of the
hunt, his sons ran a big black bear into his yard and let him shoot it. This was
the last bear he ever killed, he died October 2, 1856 and was buried in the
shade of a stooping oak tree near his home, which is now in the Cherry cemetery.
The old home was afterwards abandoned and later destroyed by a forest fire. The
exact date is not known.
This is my working
hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!