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Moses Isenhour in 1850s-60sTexas

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Re: Moses Isenhour in 1850s-60sTexas

Bret Weatherford (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jan 2006 6:39PM GMT
Classification: Query

Another interesting fact about Moses and his son, Simeon. They were postmasters after the Civil War. One site on historical markers in Bosque County list the following:

A. H. Steagall and Dr. E. P. Booth purchased 300 acres of land on the north side of the Bosque River in 1868. They mapped out and platted a townsite, which they named Valley Mills. As settlers began arriving in the area, the first homes were built of logs. Soon, however, with products provided by a local sawmill, many more homes were constructed of sawn lumber. In addition to the sawmill, flour and grist mills were also built in the valley. Cotton gins were soon built, as well, to process hundreds of bales from neighboring farms. A United States Post Office was established in Valley Mills in 1867, with Moses Isenhower serving as first postmaster. Experiencing steady growth, the town at its peak boasted homes, general stores, a drugstore, blacksmith shop, boardinghouse, and stagecoach stop. In 1881 the Santa Fe Railroad line was built through the area, but the tracks were laid on the south side of the river about one mile from the original townsite. Soon thereafter the residents of Valley Mills moved their town to be closer to the rail line. By 1900 the original site of Valley Mills had become a ghost town. (1990)

Another website, citing Jim Wheat's POSTMASTERS & POST OFFICES OF TEXAS, 1846 - 1930, shows MOses son, Simeon, quickly replaced him (O'Bryan's name is included to show when he took over):

Isenhower, Moses, 19 Apr 1867
Isenhower, Simeon, 5 Jne 1867
O'Bryan, Irwin ?., 16 Apr 1868

I am very curious about Moses' role at Galveston, whether he was in a Texas unit, and whether Simeon was in a Texas unit. Also, it seems unusual to me that they moved from Texas to Missouri in the late 1860s - I know other Isenhours were there, but I understand the historical trend at the time was pro-southern Missourians to be moving to Texas. Is there any story as to why they left Texas?


SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Bret Weatherford 17 Dec 2005 3:27AM GMT 
JimWoolbright... 1 Jan 2006 3:41PM GMT 
Bret Weatherford 2 Jan 2006 1:39AM GMT 
JimWoolbright... 12 Jan 2006 5:02AM GMT 
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