Horatio Gates Bruce

#587, b. 4 September 1823, d. 11 January 1882
Father*Horatio Bruce b. 14 Dec 1793, d. 1857
Mother*Eliza Beasley b. c 1781, d. 24 Feb 1832
     Horatio Gates Bruce was born on 4 September 1823 Garrard County, Kentucky. He was the son of Horatio Bruce and Eliza Beasley. Horatio Gates Bruce married Patsy Palmer, daughter of Burton Palmer and Rebecca Bruce, 3 August 1848. Horatio Gates Bruce died 11 January 1882 , in Austin, Travis County, Texas at age 58. He was buried Caddo Cemetery, Joshua, Johnson County, Texas; Masonic1 and was buried Caddo Cemetery, Johnson County, Texas. Masonic.
     Mabel Glover Root has a note:

"Patsy, 12/24/1823 m 5/24/1840 to Horatio Bruce. He died in Mo in 1882 and she then lived with her son, John Bruce. Other children Richard Bruce and Clara, lived nearby."

No source for this information, and it does not jibe with the other available information. I think she said "Mo" when she meant "Tx"

Also, the marriage to Horatio was 1848. The marriage in 1840 was to Peyton Graves. He was a member of the Texas legislature and helped write the Texas constitution. He began military service Capt of his own company in Bas's Regiment of TX Mounted Volunteers from Johnson Co., TX.

BRUCE, TEXAS. Bruce was fifteen miles northwest of Cleburne in western Johnson County. The site was settled in the early 1880s and named for early settler Horatio Gates Bruce. By the mid-1880s the community had two churches, a school, and a general store. Between 1885 and 1891 it had a post office. In 1892 it had four businesses and a population of fifty. During the first three decades of the twentieth century most of the families moved to nearby Godley. By 1930 Bruce was no longer an organized community.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Johnson County History Book Committee, History of Johnson County, Texas (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985).



Hiram Bruce, age 15, and Richard Bruce, age 11, both born in Missouri are shown on the 1860 census of Buchanan, Johnson County, Texas, with H. G. Bruce, 36, and Patsy Bruce, 36. Also in the household were Clarissa R. Bruce, 3, F, b Texas, and John H. Bruce, 7/12, b Texas.

H. G. is a farmer and Hiram is a farmer's apprentice.

Hiram is Hiram Graves, son of Patsy and her first husband, Payton Graves.2

BRUCE, HORATIO GATES (1824–1882). Horatio Gates Bruce, Confederate officer and state representative, was born in Garrard County, Kentucky, on September 4, 1824, the son of Horatio and Elizabeth (Beasley) Bruce. Bruce married Patsy Palmer on August 3, 1848. This couple had four sons and one daughter. Bruce immigrated with his family to Texas in the winter of 1848–1849 and settled in what would become Johnson County. Here Bruce was one of the leading members of the community. He helped establish and was a founding member of the Rock Creek Baptist Church. In April 1862 following the outbreak of the Civil War,qv Bruce raised a company of cavalry for service in the Confederate Army. This unit was incorporated as Company F into the Twentieth Texas Cavalry Regiment with Bruce serving as the captain. The regiment underwent training and reorganization at Tyler during the summer of 1862, and Bruce's company was re-designated as Company H. Bruce saw action in Arkansas and in Indian Territory. Bruce returned to Johnson County at the cessation of hostilities, resuming his leadership within the community. In 1873 Bruce won election as representative for District Twenty-three—comprised of Johnson, Hood, Parker, Erath, Palo Pinto, Stephens, Shackelford, Jones, Eastland, Callahan, Taylor, Hill, Jack, Young, Throckmorton, and Haskell counties. Bruce was a Johnson County delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1875.qv In the early 1880s Bruce founded the town of Bruce near present-day Godley, Johnson County. Bruce died in Austin, Travis County, on January 11, 1882.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: J. E. Ericson, "The Delegates to the Convention of 1875," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 67 (July 1963). Johnson County History Book Committee, The History of Johnson County, Texas (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985). IGI Individual Record: Horatio Gates (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=ancestorsearchresults.asp), accessed August 3, 2007. The Kaufman County TXGenWeb Project (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txkaufma/civilwar/20txcav.htm), accessed August 1, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).3

Children of Horatio and Patsy

Charts
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782, Buckingham County, Virginia
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia (#1)
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia (#2)
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia (#1)
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia (#2)
Eyres, Joseph # 7329, b 17th century, Virginia or England
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia (#1)
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia (#2)
Fuquett, Gills # 3276, d Virginia
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia (#1)
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia (#2)
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London (#1)
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London (#2)
Humphreys, William # 7331, d Virginia
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia (#1)
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia (#2)
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information (#1)
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information (#2)
Palmer, John # 1430 b aft 1719 Virginia
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia (#1)
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia (#2)
Samson, Francis # 3266 in Virginia bef 1700
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia (#1)
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia (#2)
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia (#1)
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia (#2)
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752 (#1)
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752 (#2)
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588 (#1)
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588 (#2)
Eyres, Joseph # 7329
Ferris, Richard # 2074 (#1)
Ferris, Richard # 2074 (#2)
Fuquett, Gills # 3276
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700 (#1)
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700 (#2)
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637 (#1)
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637 (#2)
Humphreys, William # 7331
Lewis, John # 2831 (#1)
Lewis, John # 2831 (#2)
Marston?, Thomas # 2756 (#1)
Marston?, Thomas # 2756 (#2)
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728 (#1)
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728 (#2)
Samson, Francis # 3266
Wilson, John # 417 (#1)
Wilson, John # 417 (#2)
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644 (#1)
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644 (#2)
Last Edited=28 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S322] Rev. and Mrs Gordon Miltenberger, Caddo Cemetery, Johnson County, Texas, Cemetery Inscriptions copied by Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Miltenberger, Cleburne, Texas (Cleburne, Texas: Johnson Co Historical Committee, 1971). Hereinafter cited as Caddo Cemetery Inscriptions.
  2. [S472] 1860 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: Johnson, Texas; Roll: M653_1298; Page: 478; Image: 415; Family History Library Film: 805298.
  3. [S533] "Horatio Gates Bruce" Handbook of Texas Online, online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbrla