Help Wanted - Lake Creek Settlement
On this page, I will be asking for your help. I have talked with historians
for years who were so disappointed after they published their books to find people who knew something important
about the subject matter of their works. This newly discovered information could not be
included without republishing whole books which publishers never do.
One author recently wrote a biography of Sam Houston. He wrote that Sam Houston
was shot in the right ankle during the Battle of San Jacinto. He based this information on a number of
secondary sources and a famous painting. Shortly after publishing his biography, he held a book signing at
the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Texas where he was informed by Sam Houston's own great granddaughter
that Houston was shot in the left ankle and not the right. The actual letter in Sam Houston's own
handwriting proving this happened to be in the collection at the museum. The curator pulled the
letter and showed it to the embarrassed author.
In writing my book about the Lake Creek Settlement and the founding of the Town
of Montgomery, Texas, I am trying to avoid just such an embarrassment and I am asking for your help. I am
looking for any information and documents that you may have or that you may be aware of regarding the Lake
Creek Settlement including letters, wills, deeds, legal documents, diaries, family Bibles, newspapers, maps,
I am also looking for any primary documents that back up references made to the Lake
Creek Settlement in various history books. Many of these have not been footnoted to show sources.
I will make specific requests regarding these. See examples below.
If you are a relative or a descendant of the early settlers who lived
in the Lake Creek Settlement and you have information about the Lake Creek Settlement, I would enjoy hearing from
you. Many of the early settlers of the Lake Creek Settlement include: Zachariah Landrum, W. M. Rankin,
J. M. Springer, Elizabeth Springer, William Landrum, Letitia Landrum, Benjamin Rigby, John Corner, Mary Corner,
Peter Cartwright, M. Cartwright, W. Cartwright, Thomas Chatham, W. W. Shepperd, Owen Shannon, Jacob
Shannon, C. B. Stewart, Margaret Shannon, Ruth (also Rutha or Ruthy) Miller, Martin P. Clark, George
Galbraith, William Mock, Ann Rebecca Mock, Ann Mock, John Crane, John Marshall Wade, W. C. Clark, J. Pevehouse,
Raleigh Rogers, Arch Hodge, J. T. Vince, J. Smith, J. Dorsey, William Keys and T. J. Nichols.
Names for the settlement included:
Lake Creek Settlement
District of Lake Creek or Lake Creek District
Precinct of Lake Creek or Lake Creek Precinct
You do not have to be a descendant. Anyone having any information
about the Lake Creek Settlement or the early founding of the town of Montgomery Texas by W. W.
Shepperd, J.W Moody and C. B Stewart in 1837 would be much appreciated.
I am also very much interested in the activities of these three men in 1838 with regard to the town of
If I use any of the materials you share with me, I will of course be glad to give you
full credit for locating these documents in my book when it is published.
Contact me at:
Mr. Kameron K. Searle
908 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77024
Please Help Me With the Following:
John May Springer Family
Dr. Johnie B. Punchard
Dr. Johnie B. Punchard wrote about Lake Creek Settlement resident John May Springer.
In her article titled "John May Springer Family" in Montgomery County History 1981, Compiled and Edited by
the History Book Committee of the Montgomery County Genealogical Society, Inc., p.495; Dr. Punchard wrote the
"December 1832, the John May Springer family arrived at 'Lake Creek', Coahuila and
Texas, at Elizabeth's 'Landrum Homestead', 1280 varas East of 'Lake Creek'.
Life became more pleasant for John May and Elizabeth Springer; their hardships seemed
over, but the feeling of insecurity, caused by Mexico's attitude, soon came. Gen. Houston felt he must
retreat to Louisiana. John May Springer enrolled 12 March, 1836 in Captain William Ware's Company - 'San
Jacinto Volunteers'. General Houston ordered the evacuation of families. Immediately, he asked John
May Springer, William Keys, T. Chatham and William Landrum to guide families of 'Lake Creek' to
June 30, 1836, John May Springer volunteered a third time in the 'Texas Army", the
'East side of the Brazos River, Washington County. Duties called him home to Lake Creek, Montgomery
County; the mother-in-law, Letitia Landrum, died 1838 leaving John May and Elizabeth 331.6 acres of
"Lake Creek" is mentioned three times in this article. It is my
understanding that Dr. Punchard is deceased. Does anyone know where Dr. Punchard got her information or
what documents she relied on to write her article? I am especially interested in General Houston's order
regarding the evacuation of families from 'Lake Creek'.
Mr. Kameron K. Searle
908 Town and Country, Suite 120
Houston, Texas 77024