Person:Charles DeMorse (1)

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Col. Charles DeMorse
d.25 Oct 1887 Clarksville, Texas
m. 1 May 1815
  1. Col. Charles DeMorse1816 - 1887
  2. Martha Morse1817 - 1820
  3. William Morse1819 - 1820
  4. Martha Elizabeth Morse1821 - 1828
m. 1838
  1. Charles DeMorse, Jr.1839 - 1846
  2. Leslie Cazneau DeMorse1841 - 1902
  3. Ida DeMorseabt 1843 -
  4. Ann Jones DeMorse1845 - 1849
  5. Isabella DeMorse1848 - 1931
Facts and Events
Name[1] Col. Charles DeMorse
Gender Male
Birth[3][4] 31 Jan 1816 Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Marriage 1838 Matagorda County, Texasto Lodiska C. Woolridge
Census[5] 1850 Red River County, Texas
Census[6] 1860 Red River County, Texas
Census[7] 1870 Red River County, Texas
Death[3][4] 25 Oct 1887 Clarksville, Texas
Burial[4] Clarksville Cemetery, Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States

He grew up in Massachusetts as "Charles Denny Morse," reportedly a distant relation of Samuel F. B. Morse. He then moved to New York and after several years there, he came to Texas in 1832 (at the age of 16) specifically to join Travis, traveling around Florida by ship. The vessel was attacked and delayed at Cuba, where the inquiring authorities misspelled his "Charles DeMorse"; he like the exotic effect and kept the new spelling.

In 1836 (at the age of only 20), he was commissioned a major in the Texas Republican army. He also served briefly in the Republic of Texas navy and was aboard the ship that transported the captured Pres. Santa Anna back to Mexico after San Jacinto.S1

Following the Revolution, he settled in Austin and made a name for himself for as a lawyer and in publishing a newspaper. In 1841, he was persuaded by a group of boosters from the Red River district to relocate to Clarksville and publish a newspaper there. This was the Northern Standard, the first issue of which appeared 20 Dec 1841, and of which DeMorse was the first and only editor and publisher. (It ceased publication shortly after his death in 1887.) He was assisted in getting started by Russell Latimer, who was comparatively wealthy for the times.S1

He 1863, he was commissioned colonel commanding the 29th Texas Cavalry, on active duty in Indian Territory.S1


The standard work is: Wallace, Ernest. Charles DeMorse, Pioneer Statesman and Father of Texas Journalism. Lubbock: Texas Tech Press, 1943.


Red River County, Texas, 1850 census:[5]

Demorse, Charles 33 yrs Editor b. Massachusetts
      Lesly 9 yrs b. Texas
      Ida 7 yrs b. Texas
      Isabella 2 yrs b. Texas
Dannell, J. E. 19 yrs Apprentice Printer b. Tennessee
Clark, W. W. 15 yrs Apprentice Printer b. Tennessee?
Crook, Thomas 17 yrs Apprentice Printer b. Tennessee?

Red River County, Texas, 1860 census:[6]

DeMorse, C. 43 yrs Publisher (real estate = $12,000; personal estate = $7,000) b. Massachusetts
      Leslie C. 19 yrs Student b. Texas
      Ida 17 yrs b. Texas
      Isabella 12 yrs b. Texas
Collins, George 14 yrs b. Tennessee
McLeod, W. D. 28 yrs Printer b. England

Red River County, Texas, 1870 census:[7]

DeMorse, Charles 54 yrs Editor (real estate = $75,000; personal estate = $20,000) b. Massachusetts
      Belle 22 yrs Keeping house b. Texas
Collins, George 21 yrs Printer b. Kentucky
      Thomas 14 yrs Printer b. Texas
Harris, Charles 5 yrs b. Tennessee
References
  1. Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), pp. 3, 8, 74.
  2.   Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 75.

    Delegate from Red River to Texas's "Reconstruction" Constitutional Convention in 1875.

  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook of Texas Online, "DeMorse, Charles".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Grave marker, Clarksville Cemetery, Clarksville, Red River County, Texas.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Red River, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 224, dwelling/family 392/392.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Red River, Texas, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, 808/808.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Red River, Texas, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 4B, dwelling/family 45/45.