KILLOUGHS IN TEXAS BEFORE THE MASSACRE
By Zora Cunningham

 

Before Isaac, Sr., and Ursey Killough brought their family to Texas in December 1837, Isaacís nephews, sons of his twin brother James, had already come to Texas to live sometime that year before their motherís will was administered Aug. 3, 1837.  They did not choose to get land grants in the contested northeast part of Texas but went further inland to the southeastern part.  Also, the widow of Allen Killough, another brother of James and Isaac, Sr., apparently lived in Texas before their motherís will was administered, which means she was there before the massacre, also.

Isaac Killough (the nephew) (1802-1876) and his wife Ruth Duff farmed in various places in Alabama until 1837 when they moved to Washington Co., TX, then Fayette Co. and finally to Milam Co., TX.  The last four of their ten children were born in Texas.  Sometimes his name is confused with that of his uncle Isaac.

His brother, Newton Cannon Killough (1816-1884) came with him to Texas in 1837 and married Nancy Chance later.  Their thirteen children were born in Texas.  In the Land Grant list of citizens of Texas in 1840, it lists Newton C. Killough as arriving in Texas before 1840, securing a conditional certificate in Houston Co. on Sept. 5, 1839 and an unconditional certificate in Houston Co. on Oct. 21, 1845.  He was a Presbyterian minister and later a Methodist minister.  Later they lived in Leon Co., TX, and then Hays Co., TX.

Family stories say Nance Ann Killough, a sister of Newton, went to Texas with her uncle Isaac and was in the massacre.   However that has not proven to be true.  She may have been killed by Indians somewhere else.  She was married to a George Wood (not the one in the massacre) back in Alabama.  George and Nancy Killough Wood possibly moved to Washington Co., TX, with her older brother Isaac and his wife, Ruth Duff Killough.

 

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