Death: Jan. 19, 1897
John W. McHorse, a citizen of the Republic of Texas, was
born in 1819 in either Tennessee, Alabama, or South
Carolina. He immigrated to Texas at the age of 17,
probably by way of Alabama.
McHorse enlisted in Captain Hayden Arnold's Company in
Colonel Sidney Sherman's regiment of the Texas Army on
March 10, 1836.
On April 21, 1836, McHorse participated in the triumph
of Texas independence in the Battle of San Jacinto where
he suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand. He was
discharged from the Texas Army in Victoria, Texas on
June 1, 1836.
After leaving the Army, McHorse lived with Jesse Walling
for two months in Rush County, Texas. Walling was
elected to the legislature and later provided
confirmation of McHorse's service to prove his
eligibility for a pension.
In 1837, McHorse returned to Alabama and on October 26,
of that year and enlisted as a corporal in Captain
Bryson's Company of the North Alabama Mounted Volunteers
in the Seminole Indians Wars in Florida.
He served for months and was discharged on April 13,
1838, at Fort Mitchell, Alabama. This ended his military
In 1842, McHorse married Elizabeth Wilson.
During the Civil War, McHorse was appointed a
commissioner for the relief of families of Confederate
soldiers in 1863.
Between 1866 and 1870, McHorse and his family moved back
to Texas where they settled in Milam County. In 1871,
McHorse joined a Masonic Lodge in Falls County, Texas,
an organization he remained active in until his death.
In 1874, he helped establish Macedonia, Williamson
County, Texas and a Masonic lodge for the community.
McHorse died at his home in Leander, Texas on January
19, 1897 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery on
January 20, 1897.
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Ruthie (Rutha) Jane Wofford McHorse (1836 - 1897)*
Mary Ellen McHorse Evans (1864 - 1932)*
Elonzo D. McHorse (1866 - 1880)*
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