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TARRANT, EDWARD H. (1799-1858). Edward H. (possibly for Hampton) Tarrant was born in South Carolina in 1799. It appears that during the War of 1812 he was living in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. By the early 1820s he was in Henry County, Tennessee, where he was elected a colonel of militia in the new frontier environment. In 1825 he helped organize the first Masonic lodge in Paris, Tennessee, and by 1827 he had become sheriff of Henry County. He was a resident of Henderson County, Tennessee, from 1829 to the early 1830s, when he moved to Texas, possibly by way of Mississippi. Tarrant apparently established his household of relatives, hired men, and slaves in Red River County, Texas, by November 23, 1835; on February 2, 1838, he received a league and labor of land from the Republic of Texasqv as part of a uniform grant made to all heads of families resident in Texas on March 2, 1836. There is no record of his participation in the Texas Revolution.qv Tarrant was elected in September 1837 to represent Red River County in the House of Representatives of the Second Congress; his last appearance in the House was apparently on November 11, 1837, and he submitted his resignation on December 12, 1837. He had decided that he could better serve the republic by directing ranger activities against the Indians. He served as chief justice of Red River County in 1838 after Robert Hamiltonqv had been nominated to that post in December 1836; there is some question as to which of the two men actually served as first chief justice of the county.
Tarrant practiced law, engaged in farming, and took a leading role in the militia's activity against the Indians while he was chief justice; when he resigned from the post on May 30, 1839, he was one of the most prosperous men in Red River County. He was elected by popular vote on November 18, 1839, as commander, carrying the rank of brigadier general, of an organization of Northeast Texas defenders known as the Fourth Brigade. His Indian-fighting career culminated in the battle of Village Creekqv in May 1841. In 1847 Tarrant ran for lieutenant governor, but he was defeated by John Alexander Greer.qv He served in the House of Representatives in the Third and Fourth Texas legislatures from 1849 to 1853. He was married to Mary Danforth on April 6, 1851. They lived on Chambers Creek near Italy, Ellis County, and participated in the social life of Waxahachie. In 1857 Tarrant moved part of his household to Fort Belknap, and when Indian depredations became frequent in that area, he again turned his attention to raising forces against them. While traveling from his home on Chambers Creek to Belknap, Tarrant became ill and died on August 2, 1858, at the home of William Fondren, about ten miles from Weatherford, where he was buried. He was reburied on his farm on Chambers Creek on January 28, 1859, and was buried a third time on March 3, 1928, in Pioneer Rest Cemetery, Fort Worth. Tarrant County was named for him.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Robert L. and Pauline H. Jones, "Edward H. Tarrant," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 69 (January 1966). Rex Wallace Strickland, "History of Fannin County, Texas, 1836-1843," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33, 34 (April, July 1930). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
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Edward H Tarrant was a Brigadier General in the Republic of Texas Militia.He is best remembered for his service during the battle of 1841.Tarrant County, Texas was named for Gen. Edward Tarrant on 18 Dec 1849.
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His tombstone monument @ the Pioneers Rest Cemetery reads:
"General Edward H. Tarrant was born 1796 and died at Ft. Belknap on August 2, 1858. He was a veteran of the was of 1812, and took part in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. He was also a veteran of the Texas War for Independance in 1836. He was Commander of the ranger forces of the Northwestern Frontier in 1837. He was representative of the Red River district in the Congress of the Republic of Texas, in 1838. He was General of the militia at Village Creek Indian fight, 1841."[The monument was erected in 1931 by the state of Texas, Willis Brewer Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, and public spirited citizens of Tarrant County.]The back of this memorial reads," General Edward H. Tarrant, This stone marks his reting place; Tarrant County is his monument."
An Historical marker at the front gate of the cemetery reads:
"South Carolina native, Edward H. Tarrant enlisted in the Kentucky Militia in 1813, and served under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. Moving to Tennessee after 1816, he was elected Colonel of Henry County Militia and served as County Sheriff.Tarrant arrived in Texas in Nov. of 1835, settling in Red River County. He Served in the Republic of Texas in 1839. He commanded the Texas Rangers at the Battle of Village Creek in present Tarrant County. In 1841 and with George W. Terrell, he negotiated treaties with many of the Indian tribes at Bird's Fort in 1843. Tarrant represented Bowie County at the annexation of 1845 where he became Chief Justice and was elected to the 3rd and 4th Texas legislatures.In the 1850's, Tarrant commanded a force of Texas Rangers defending the frontier of Ft. Belknap. He died in Parker County in 1858 and was buried there. The next year, his remains were moved to his farm in Ellis County. In 1928, his body was re-interred here by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Tarrant County, created in 1849, was named in his honor. "
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A query received 2 Mar 1999:
I am looking for a female Tarrant that married a Thomas Hines from NC and
SC, in the late 1700's.Their son Thomas Jefferson Hines (born 1800 in
S.C.) and Edward H. Tarrant was related somehow and went to Ellis Co. Tx.
together, they were neighbors there.Edward H. Tarrant was the son of
Samuel and Nancy (Anna) Hampton Tarrant, born about 1796, in S.C.History
of Ellis Co. Tx. states that Edward H. Tarrant was the uncle of Thomas
Jefferson Hines, but I cannot find where Edward Tarrant ever had a sister.
The wife of Thomas Hines and mother of Thomas Jefferson Hines must have
been an aunt or something.Thanks for any help you can provide.