William  Tom

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William Tom

Who served under
General Jackson
in the Creek War, 1813
Soldier in the Army of Texas, 1835
Born in Maury County, Tennessee
January 12, 1792
Died in Guadalupe County, Texas
February 15, 1871

His Wife

Kissiah Hines Tom

Born October 15, 1805
Died July 13, 1862

Erected by the State of Texas
Full Name: William  Tom
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:P  Number:13
Reason for Eligibility: Veteran, War of 1812; Veteran, Republic of Texas; Texas Ranger 
Birth Date: January 12, 1792 
Died: February 15, 1871 
Burial Date: Reinterred July 18, 1937 
TOM, WILLIAM (1792-1871). William Tom, early settler, Texas Revolutionary soldier, and Texas Ranger, son of William and Nancy (Brown) Tom, was born in Southwest Territory on January 1, 1792. He participated in the battles of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans in the War of 1812. In 1817 he married Mary Files, and they had five children. After his first wife's death, Tom married Kessiah Hines, and they had six children. He moved his family to Stephen F. Austin's colony in Texas in February 1835 and homesteaded at Washington-on-the-Brazos. In June and July 1835 Tom organized his neighbors for campaigns against the Comanche and Tawakoni Indians. He joined the Volunteer Army of Texas at Gonzales on October 10, 1835, and marched with it to San Antonio, where he participated in the battle of Concepción and the Grass Fight. He was with Ben Milam in the siege of Bexar and remained in San Antonio under the command of James C. Neill until February 11, 1836, when he returned to Washington-on-the-Brazos in time to assist in the evacuation during the Runaway Scrape. Tom commanded a ranger company on the Sabinal River during the period of the Republic of Texas. In 1846 he moved to Seguin and was elected sheriff of Guadalupe County. Mrs. Tom died in 18l0, and Tom died in 1871. They were buried in the family cemetery near Seguin, but on July 18, 1937, their bodies were reinterred in the State Cemetery.

Edith Harriette Long

"TOM, WILLIAM." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Fri Feb 28 15:14:02 US/Central 2003].


In William Tom's biography, he is listed as being elected sheriff of Guadalupe County, Texas. That information is not correct. Mr. Tom's son, John Files, was elected sheriff in 1856, and held that position until 1860.

Entered by Administrator on 9/20/2001

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