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William Ransom Slaughter and Family
Marble Falls, Burnett, Texas

 

William Ransom Slaughter and Family

 

William Ransom Slaughter and Sarah Ann Smith

 

William Ransom Slaughter was born January 28, 1823 in Lawrence, Mississippi and he died March 7, 1908 in Burnet County, Texas. His parents were William Webb Slaughter and Nancy Ann Moore. He was buried in the Slaughter cemetery at the Slaughter home place northwest of Marble Falls. William Ransom went to East Texas and first married Sadie May Smith, bringing her back to his place, she died in childbirth at age 25 and was buried in the family cemetery along with their infant son, Walter, who had also died. William Ransom went back to East Texas and married Sarah Ann Smith (either his first wife's cousin or sister) before coming on to what is now Burnet County. Sarah Ann Smith who was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas on April 1, 1839, and died May 5, 1909, in Burnet County, and was also buried in the family cemetery on the home place near Marble Falls. After William Ransom and Sarah married they stayed in Nacogdoches for about one month so Sarah could learn to ride horseback, then he brought his new bride back to his home place in present day Burnet County where they reared their family in the log cabin he had built.

William Ransom Slaughter had settled on a part of the land which had been granted his father, William Webb Slaughter, by Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas, on August 6, 1845, for services rendered to the Republic of Texas. The grant was made seven years before Burnet County was established in 1852. However, William Ransom had arrived in 1850 and aided in the organization of the county. The deed included between 4,000 and 5,000 acre of land and included the present-day site of Granite Mountain. William Ransom's brother, George Webb Slaughter, received as his part the land containing Granite Mountain. George Webb Slaughter was a member of General Sam Houston’s army during the Texas Revolution and served as Houston's personal courier during that conflict. It was George Webb Slaughter who carried the order from General Houston to the Alamo to retreat, an order that was disregarded and resulted in the massacre of the entire garrison. A painting of George Webb Slaughter, who later became a Baptist minister, hangs on the walls of the Alamo in commemoration of his valor and deeds in Texas's struggle for independence.

After settling in Burnet County, William Ransom Slaughter aided greatly in the development of the livestock industry in that area. He also served as an Indian scout with Captain Jeff Maltby in the early days and freighted for Sam Houston. In later years, Sarah Slaughter could remember seeing Indians in the area many times and on one occasion could hear them grunting and talking while squatted outside her log cabin home in the chimney corner. Ransom and Sarah lived out the rest of their days in Burnet County, however, George Webb Slaughter later went to Breckenridge and his wife was killed by Indians near Weatherford. Family history says he sold the largest portion of the land including Granite Mountain, for a trunk of confederate money after the civil war ended. William Ransom had been kicked in the head by a mule and was bed ridden for several months before the sell took place. I read somewhere he sold the 4,000 plus acres (retained 600 acres)for $400.00 of what family history says was worthless money.


Children of William Ransom Slaughter and Sarah Ann Smith:

Mary Melvina Slaughter (Sanders) 
Hiram Ransom Slaughter
Martha J Slaughter (Perry)
Lee Davis Slaughter
Jennie Lynn Slaughter (Graham)
Sarah Minnie Slaughter
Amelia Slaughter
Elizabeth Slaughter (Tumlinson)
Frank Slaughter

Picture of Slaughter Ranch in Marble Falls, Burnet, Texas