I am interested in any information on the Joseph (Jean) Leanor Dugat family of nineteenth century Chambers County, Texas and, more particularly, to the son of Joseph L. and Sidney Pamela Duncan Dugat, Albert Gamelia Dugat, who died at the age of nineteen on August 30, 1862 at the Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia, the American Civil War. I do have a copy of Kevin Ladd's book on "Chambers County, Texas in the War Between the States" which mentions Albert Dugat, but I would like to know more. The Joseph L. Dugat family was closely tied with my own (the Gus Buck family) before, during and after the Civil War. Albert Dugat and my great grand aunt Lucinda Elvina Winfree, who was the oldest child of Eliza Ann Barber Buck by her first marriage (1846) to Theophilus Winfree (Theophilus Winfree died mysteriously in 1848 and was buried in a cemetery near the home of Celima Breau Dugat Blanchett at Cove, Texas), had both pledged to marry after the War. Had Albert Dugat survived the War and married Lucinda Winfree, then the entire Buck family history would undoubtedly have to be rewritten since it would have been the Dugat family and not the Dunmans who would have been the influencing factor in making major relocation decisions for the Buck family after the premature death of Gus Buck in 1876.
Two years after the death of Theophilus Winfree, the widow Eliza Ann Winfree married a second time to my 2nd great grandfather Augustus "Gus" Richard Buck. Gus Buck had immigrated to Texas in 1834 with his foster parents, Benjamin & Lydia Page, from Boston, Massachesetts and settled in the Goose Creek/Cedar Bayou area at present day Baytown, Texas. As a young boy Gus Buck ran away from his foster parents and got as for as Anahuac where it is believed he took refuge with the James Taylor White and/or James Taylor Dunman families. By 1842 Gus Buck at the age of seventeen was living with Samuel & Elizabeth Barrow Barber at Cove, Texas. Gus Buck eventually married Samuel's youngest daughter the widow Eliza Ann Barber Winfree in 1850. They had nine children of their own with two dying in infancy. Gus & Eliza Buck lived first along Cottons Bayou near Cove, Texas until 1856/57 until their relocation to the C. P. Welch Survey north and northeast of Barbers Hill along Old River. Eliza Buck was the youngest child of Samuel B. & Elizabeth Barrow Barber of Cove, Texas. Samuel Barber was living with the Bucks near Barbers Hill when he died in 1864 and was buried in a plot on the Buck place in Liberty County about a mile north of the Chambers County line.
After the War Lucinda Winfree did marry Robert Leander "Coon" Dunman. Eliza Buck's oldest daughter by Gus Buck, Augusta A. Buck married Coon's older brother Aaron Martin "Dick" Dunman, sons of James Taylor & Rachel Wallis Dunman. Rachel Wallis Dunman was a first cousin to Eliza Buck. Both of their mothers were Barrow sisters. (Sarah "Sally" Barrow Wallis and Elizabeth Barrow Barber). In November, 1869 the Bucks, the two Dunman brothers and their wives and, two weeks later, the Joseph L. Dugat family left the Trinity River Basin for Refugio County. The Bucks and Dunmans settled at the town of Refugio & the Dugats near by at St. Marys. In 1878/79, Coon & Dick Dunman orchestrated the exodus from Refugio by members of the family to the Coleman County region to start a mega ranch family enterprize. Participating in that move was the Buck family, the Reuben Richmond Barber family, the two Dunman brothers and a number of others from Refugio area families. Had Albert Dugat survived the War and married Lucinda Winfree, then the Buck family may have remained in Refugio County inside of participating in the exodus to Coleman.
Lucinda "Lu" Winfree Dunman's love for Albert Gamelia Dugat became evident in the 1930's & 1940's through letters that were being written among family members. These letters were collectively referred to as the "Dunman letters" by Villamae Williams who died in 1995. Participating in this family history correspondense among others was Lucinda Winfree Dunman, Lucinda's daughter Zoe Hayworth, Dr. Henry Griffith, Julia Welder (daugher of William B. Duncan, Lucille Barber Tait (daughter of Amos Joshua "Josh" Barber & Cornelia Lawrence of Barbers Hill & Beeville) and Boonie Dugat. When Lucinda Dunman received several original letters written by Albert Dugat during the War, she had to return them immediately to the sender who was her younger cousin Lucille Tait because the letters conjured up all the pain she had felt over sixty years earlier with the death of Albert and others from the Trinity River Basin who went off to War and never returned. It was a letter from Julia Welder that confirmed that Lucinda was indeed in love with Albert Dugat and that the two had pledged to marry with the War's conclusion. Lucinda took her love for Albert to her grave.