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CHEAIRS John Francis, Sr.

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Title  Major 
Suffix  Sr. 
Birth  1788  Richmond, North Carolina 
Sex  Male 
Died  1859  Centerville, Leon Co., Texas 
Buried  Leon Cemetery, Leon Co., Texas 
Person ID  I9827  Green Weston Family Tree 
Last Modified  17 Mar 2007 
 
Father  CHAIRES Elijah, b. Abt 1761, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland 
Mother  Frances 
Group Sheet  F6346  Green Weston Family Tree 
 
Family 1  BITTICKS Eleanor, b. Aug 1792, Surry Co., North Carolina 
Married  1812  Centerville, Leon Co., Texas 
Children 
>1. CHEAIRS Margaret Rebecca, b. 9 Oct 1817, Hempstead Co., Arkansas
 2. CHEAIRS Elijah, b. 1820, Arkansas
Group Sheet  F6344  Green Weston Family Tree 
 
Notes  1830 Hempstead Co., Arkansas Census Find Heroes of San Jacinto. This father and 3 sons listed there. John F. Cheairs and one of his sons signed the petition to create Houston county when it was known as Mustang Prairie. They fought at the battle of San Jacinto and were granted land for their participation in the Texas REvolution and were allowed to keep the grants from Mexico when the area was under the control of the Mexican Government. The Cheairs are still represented in Austonio. A large plantation was in the area west of Crockett where my great grandfather Andrew Jackson Cheairs grew up prior to the Civil War in which he fought with the Texas regiment. John Cheairs is buried in the Federal Cemetery and most others are buried in the Boggs and other cemeteries in the area. (Don R. Cheairs, 2408 Washington St., Bellevue, Nebraska 68005-5442) Information supplied by Ray Anderson: 1850 Houston Co., Texas Census; Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835-1888; Fort Worth Star Telegram, Sept. 28, 1869; Erickson, Nacogdoches, p. 28; 1840 Nacogdoches Tax Roll; 1830 5th Census Terr. of Arkansas; Newspaper article in Crockett, Texas paper; Deed Book 5, p. 143 in Houston County Clerks office, sale of land on 30 August 1850. Sale took place on 25 april 1859. It was sold by William Albright, administrator of John and Elenor Cheairs' estate. Land was sold to John F. Ramsdale. 1820 Census of Bonhomie, St. Louis Co., Missouri. 320 Acres for service in Texas Revolution during March 6 & 7, 1836; 320 awarded in 1848 in Jasper City, Texas; 640 acres in 1856 for being in Battle of San Jacinto; 320 acres in Jack City also paid him; entered Texas 1835. Moved from Central Tennessee to Washington (Hempstead Co.), Arkansas in 1830s to come to Texas. Cheairs were early settlers of Central North Carolina and Middle Tennessee. Cousins settled in Alabama and Mississippi and one moved to Florida. On 1830 5th Census U.S. Territory Arkansas, Hempstead County, shows John Chairs. On April 22, 1837 William Cheairs, John Cheairs, John F. Cheairs, Elijah Cheairs and Frances Cheairs signed a petition for the 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas creating Houston Co. Texas. John's father may have been Elijah Cheairs. There is indication that Elijah, son of Nathaniel Chaires and Sarah Thomas, accompanied his son John to the "West" and that they both participated in the Texas Revolution. John Cheairs was probably a veteran of the War of 1812 and is listed as John Chairs, who was enumerated in a Census of Bonnhoume, St. Louis Co., Missouri. He was accorded the title of "Major" in the Missouri Militia. Biography (from the San Jacinto museum): CHEAIRS, JOHN F. -- He came to Texas in 1833, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him March 15, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board. In Service Record No. 1841 it is certified that Mr. Cheairs served in Captain Hayden Arnold's company from March 10 to June 6, 1836. On January 15, 1841, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9740 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for the term stated above. Although a member of Captain Arnold's company, he was attached to Captain McIntire's company on April 21st. Pursuant to an act of the Legislature approved August 15, 1856, a Donation Certificate for 640 acres of land was issued to the heirs of Mr. Cheairs for his having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. Roster of the Texas Army: Cheairs (Chevis) (Chairs), John F. (John, the 1st) [SJ] Cheevers (Chevis) (Chevers), John (John, the 2nd.) [SJ] Texas Land Title Abstracts District Fannin, County Jack, p. 404, Abstract 150, Grantee John F. Cheairs, dec'd, Cert 4/41, Patentee Hrs of John F. Cheairs, Date 27 Jul 1867, Vol. 276;3.

CHEAIRS, JOHN F. -- He came to Texas in 1833, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him March 15, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board. In Service Record No. 1841 it is certified that Mr. Cheairs served in Captain Hayden Arnold's company from March 10 to June 6, 1836. On January 15, 1841, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9740 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for the term stated above. Although a member of Captain Arnold's company, he was attached to Captain McIntire's company on April 21st. Pursuant to an act of the Legislature approved August 15, 1856, a Donation Certificate for 640 acres of land was issued to the heirs of Mr. Cheairs for his having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

War of 1812 Service Records Name: John Chairs Company: Lieut. Col. Dodge's Command Missouri Militia Rank - Induction: Private Rank - Discharge: Private Roll Box: 37 Roll Exct: 602 [Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812, ancestry.com database. Not found in the Missouri State Archives database.] Early Settlements of Pike County, Arkansas Little Missouri and Wolf Creek Settlements ... Others of the Samuel Bittick family (or) closely related to them in Clark and Pike county, Arkansas were Elinor Bittick the wife of John Cheairs, Robert Bittick, Jonathan A. Bittick husband of Jinsy Butler and Lucinda Bittick who married Alexander B. Caruthers. Jonathan A. Bittick left Arkansas and moved to Shelby County, Texas in 1830. John Cheairs moved to Hempstead County, Arkansas and later entered Texas by 1835. [The Gems of Pike County Arkansas, Vol. IV, No. 4, Fall 1993, p4-54] 1825 Militia of Arkansas Territory Clark, Hempstead and Miller County First Regiment, Clark County John Cheairs Rank: Ensign Commission Date: 20 April 1824 [The Gems of Pike County Arkansas, Vol. VII, No. 2, Spring 1996, p7-56] 1830 Hempstead Co, Territory of Arkansas, p133: John Chairs - 1212010001/113101 1m -5 c1825-30 - Jonathan M. c1828 2m 5-10 c1820-25 - Elijah c1820 - Francis c1823 1m 10-15 c1815-20 - William H. c1816 2m 15-20 c1810-15 - John Francis Jr c1812 [son of Elizabeth Bugg] - Samuel A. c1814 1m 30-40 c1790-1800 - John Francis Sr c1788-89 1m 70-80 c1750-60 - Elijah Cheairs? 1f -5 c1825-30 - Sarah c1827 1f 5-10 c1820-25 - Melinda c1823 3f 10-15 c1815-20 - Margaret Rebecca c1818 - Mary Ann c1819 - unknown 1f 15-20 c1810-15 - unknown 1f 30-40 c1790-1800 - Elenor Bittick b1792 1835 - John Cheairs arrived in Texas Character Certificate No. 3028 Nacogdoches May 25, 1835 No. 18. John Cheairs native USA family of three persons... John Cheairs. [Character Certificates in the General Land Office of Texas, p226, edited by Gifford Whie, from the files of the General Land Office, Austin, Texas, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. courtesy of Sandra Perry] Index to Military Records of the Republic of Texas 1835-1845: Chains, Jno. F. - Haydon Arnold Chairs (Chains), Jno F. - Haydon Arnold Chairs, John F. - Haydon Arnold Arnold Haydon, 1st Company, 2nd Regiment Texas Volunteers, San Jacinto List, Col. Sidney Sherman Command, April 21, 1836 Chairs, John F. - Elisha Clapp Elisha Clapp, Company of Mounted Rangers from Mustang Prairie, term 3 months, enlistment Sep 10, 1836 - Dec 10, 1836. Chairs, Samuel - Henry Reed Chairs, William - Henry Reed Henry Reed, Company of San Augustine Volunteers, term 3 months, enlistment June 4, 1836 - June 6, 1838, Dep. Colorado, New Years Creek, Mill Creek. 1837 - 22 April 1837 - Signed petition for the 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas creating Houston County. William Cheairs John Cheairs John F. Cheairs Elijah Cheairs Frances Cheairs Approved 12 June 1837. [The History of Houston County Texas by Armistead Albert Aldrich, pub 1943, The Naylor Company, Publishers, San Antonio, Texas, p8. courtesy of Sandra Perry] 1838 Houston Co, Republic of Texas Tax Roll Chears, Sam'l Chins [Chears?], Jno Moncrief, Jno (right after Chins) md a dau of John F. Cheairs 1840 Houston Co, Republic of Texas Tax List John Cheirs - no acregea listed - $2.58 Samuel Cheirs - no acreage listed - $2.12 1846 Houston Co, Republic of Texas Poll Tax Chairs, Elijah Chairs, John Chairs, Samuel Moncrief, John A. Ramsdale, G. L. Ramsdale, John F. 1840-49 Tax List of Nacogdoches Co, Texas, no page number - haven't found this tax list online. I don't think he was in Nacogdoches County since he is shown on several Houston County lists. 1850 Houston Co, Texas 11 December 1850, p188b: #671/671 John Cheairs 69 m w farmer $250 Tn Eli M. 19 m w Ar Andrew 17 m w Tx Elenor 58 m w can't read/write NC Elvina 19 Tx - Houston Co *Adeline 11 Tx - Houston Co *Susan 9 Tx - Houston Co *Green 7 Tx - Houston Co *Lemuel [Samuel] 5 Tx - Houston Co *Children of Samuel A. & Lucinda Votaw Cheairs who both died before 1850. John F. Cheairs He came to Texas in 1833, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him March 15, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board. In Service Record No. 1841 it is certified that Mr. Cheairs served in Captain Hayden Arnold's company from March 10 to June 6, 1836. On January 15, 1841, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9740 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for the term stated above. Although a member of Captain Arnold's company, he was attached to Captain McIntire's company on April 21st. Pursuant to an act of the Legislature approved August 15, 1856, a Donation Certificate for 640 acres of land was issued to the heirs of mr. Cheairs for his having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. [Veteran Biographies, San Jacinto Museum of History. www.sanjacinto- museum.org/Hertzstein_Library/Veteran_Biographies] Roster of the Texas Army: Cheairs (Chevis/Chairs) John F. (John, the 1st) Cheevers (Chevis/Chevers) John (John, the 2nd) [http://earlytexashistory.com] Land: Texas Revolution, March 6 & 7, 1836 - 320 acres Battle of San Jacinto - 1856 - 640 acres Jasper Co, Texas - 1846 - 320 acres - see Texas Land Abstract Jack Co, Texas - 27 July 1867 - 320 acres - see Texas Land Abstract Deeds: Houston Co, Texas Deek Book 5, p43: 30 August 1850 - sale of land. Sale took place on 25 April 1859. It was sold by William Albright, administrator of John and Elenor Cheair's estate. Sold to John F. Ramsdale. [son-in-law] Texas Land Title Abstracts: Grantee: Francis Chearis Certificate: 75 Patentee: Francis Cheairs Patent Date: 10 February 1846 Acres: 320 District: Houston; Liberty County: Polk File: 80 Abstract #: 195 Patent #: 541 Patent Volume: 1 Class: Hous. 3rd. District Class: Fannin Donation Grantee: John F. Cheairs, dec'd Certificate: 4/41 Patentee: Heirs of John F. Cheairs Patent Date: 27 July 1867 Acres: 320 District: Fannin County: Jack File: 1013 Patent #: 276 Abstract #: 150 Patent Volume: 3 Page: 404 Abstract: 150 Class: Fan. Don. Grantee: John F. Cheairs Certificate: 4/40 Patentee: Heirs of John F. Cheairs Date of Patent: 2 January 1873 Acres: 1,113.74 District: Harrison; Panola County: Panola File: 148 Patent #: 165 Abstract #: 122 Patent Volume: 19 Class: Harr'n 1st. Grantee: John F. Cheairs Certificate: 20/178 Patentee: Heirs of John F. Cheairs Patent Date: 30 September 1875 Acres: 2015.64 District: Harrison; Panola County: Panola File: 208 Patent #: 297 Abstract #: 125 Patent Volume: 21 Class: Harr'n 1st. [http://wwwdb.glo.state.tx.us/central/LandGrants/LandGrantsWorklist.cfm] John Francis Cheairs In 1816 John Cheairs and his bride of four years Eleanor (Biddix) [Bittick] moved from Central Tennessee to the town of Washington in the present day Hempstead County Arkansas. They traveled by keel boat up the Mississippi and ultimately the Red to Fulton. After this long trek they might have been content to stay there except that about 1830 the town of Washington became the headquarters of freebooters and others planning to liberate the State of Texas from Spain's Mexican Colony. Among those there at this time were Sam Houston and Jim Bowie. It must have been evident that such men would realize their dreams. The forbears of John Cheairs had been prominent in the development of the Eastern Shore of the Colony of Maryland when Jan de la Chere went there as a Huguenot refugee from France via England, changing his name enroute to John Cheairs. Jan's sons and grandsons had moved with the tide of America after the Revolution and had been early settlers in central North Carolina and later middle Tennessee. The cousins of John F. Cheairs were even then pioneering the settlement of Alabama and Mississippi and one would move on to northern Florida where upon his death he was judged to be the wealthiest man in the southeastern United States. Eleanor's Dutch ancestors had also infused her with the pioneer's vision and courage so, in 1832 John led his family and in-laws to the town of Nacogdoches on Spain's eastern frontier with France in America. He received Naturalization Certificate No. 782 and a league of land as a ‘stockraiser' with family. Soon Mexico declared its independence from Spain and the die was cast for Texas to choose whether it would peacefully become a State in the Republic of Mexico or a Republic with ties with the United States. The leaders of the Mexican Government settled the issue by revoking many of the guarantees promised to immigrants by Spain. The rest is history. In the successful struggle for independence John and his three eldest sons were among Sam Houston's soldiers. John Jr. was with Houston at San Jacinto.John Jr. remained in present day Angelina County were he and his wife, Bachruba Stanley, were to rear their family. The Cheairs and Stanley's among others moved to the new frontier of western Nacogdoches County at Mustang Prairie. In 1837 John, four of his sons and two son-in-law signed the petition which resulted in the creation of Houston County with its seat in a new town named, Crockett. John and two sons had town lots and John reportedly built the first frame house and one of the first mills. John and his son Samuel carefully bought and traded land and by 1840, he and Samuel were paying taxes on over 6,000 acres of titled land. The Cheairs home plantation was located on the Old Spanish Trail to San Antonio five miles west of Crockett where the family lived the comfortable but vigorous life of pioneer settlers. Then came Eleanor's death in 1851 followed by the Civil War so that by 1860 little was left of the Cheairs property or land which once numbered over 15,000 acres in east central Texas. Upon his death that year John left his estate to his son Jonathan because he had already provided for all the other children except Andrew Jackson who was being reared by his sister Elizabeth who had married George Ramsdale. Soon the decision was made by the Cheairs and Ramsdales to move to west central Texas leaving in Houston County only Eli M. Cheairs who had married Rachel M. Albright. Their descendants live some on land originally homesteaded by John F. Cheairs when he was a Spanish, Mexican, Texas and U.S. citizen, in Houston County. The children of Eli Cheairs who stayed in Houston County and reared families were John E. who married Elizabeth Irwin; Susan who married a Boggs; William M. who married Mary Elizabeth Allee and George M. who married Viola Lott. The children of John E. Who remained in the county were Alie who married Thomas W. LaRue; Eli Jackson who married Fannie F. Hirams; Mattie who married Lee Hirams; Nanny Lula who married Jep R. McDonald; Bertha M. Who married Frank M. Alford; Susan J. who married Guy Swearington; Mary Magdelene who married J.E. Womack and William Edward who married Lizzie Irvine. Submitted by David C. Ellis in 1979. (David is a great-great-grandson of John F. Cheairs through his son Andrew Jackson, his son George Andrew Francis and his eldest daughter Viola Lillian.) History of Houston County, Texas 1687-1979, compiled and edited History Book Committee of Houston County Historical Commission, Third Floor, Court House, Crockett, Texas. Heritage Publishing Company, Tulsa, Okla. Family #148, p293. [Courtesy of Sandra Perry and Lavinia Nance] In June 1998 a reunion was held in Austonio, Texas for the Descendants of Jan DeLaChaire, the original immigrant from Rouen, France in 1666. There is a large plantation west of Crockett, Houston Co, Texas where Andrew Jackson Cheairs, son of John and Elizabeth Bittick, grew up. Don R. Cheairs is a great-grandson of Andrew Jackson and helped provide information on his family.
 
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