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    [James Fannin] Affidavit Related to William Hemphill, Killed at the Goliad Massacre. Two and one-half pages, 7.75" x 12.5", Cincinnati, Ohio, September 27, 1853. Ohio citizen James Stilley swears to the "proofs of heirship" of the two brothers of William Hemphill, while offering some rare information on the Texas revolutionary. An "annexed declaration" is affixed by a wax seal to the verso of page two. The document is toned with folds.

    The document states that Stilley was "acquainted with the family of [Uriah] Hemphill, which was originally from the State of Delaware; that his father John Hemphill and his mother Elizabeth Hemphill are both dead; and that he, the said Uriah, and his brother Andrew, living in Pennsylvania, are the only heirs of their [?] brother William Hemphill, whom he understood and believes, enlisted in the Armies of Texas in 1835 or 1836, and was killed in that Country, under Fanning's [sic] command, as affiant is informed and believes, an unmarried man, and left no other heirs known to affiant; that said William Hemphill was a single man, when he left home (about two years before he was killed) and that affiant has reason to believe, and does believe that he never was married."

    Following their surrender to a much larger Mexican Army at the Battle of Coleto Creek on March 19, 1836, Colonel James Fannin and his small army of near 400 Texans were marched to Goliad by their captors. On the morning of March 27, a Sunday, the Mexican Army, following orders from Santa Anna, executed the Texans, including William Hemphill.


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