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Alexander Calvit
Born(1784-06-17)June 17, 1784
DiedJanuary 7, 1836(1836-01-07) (aged 51)
OccupationSugar planter
Spouse(s)Barbara Mackall Wilkinson
ChildrenBarbara Mackall Wilkinson Calvit
RelativesJane Herbert Wilkinson Long (sister-in-law)
John Hunter Herndon (son-in-law)

Alexander Calvit (also known as Sandy Calvit) (1784–1836) was an early settler in colonial Texas and a sugar planter. His Evergreen Plantation lay where the town of Clute, Texas, was later built.

Early life

Alexander Calvit was born on June 17, 1784, in what is now Mississippi,[1] which was then part of Spanish West Florida and in 1798 became the Mississippi Territory of the United States. He served as a First Lieutenant and aide-de-camp in the Creek War of 1813–1814.[2][3][4]

Career

He was one of the earliest settlers in Mexican Texas, going on Stephen F. Austin's mission.[5] As a member of the Old Three Hundred, in 1824 he received some land in what are now Brazoria and Waller Counties.[1][5] This included what is now known as Clute, Texas.[6]

He established the Evergreen Plantation, a sugar plantation in what later became known as Clute, Texas.[7][8]

Personal life

He married Barbara Mackall Wilkinson, sister of Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long, known as "the mother of Texas."[9][10] Their daughter, Barbara M. W. Calvit, married John Hunter Herndon, a lawyer and a planter.[5] When she inherited her father's plantation, they renamed it the Herndon Plantation and raised Arabian horses and cattle.[7][8]

Death

He died of pneumonia on January 7, 1836, at his home in Brazoria County[11] (then Brazoria District, Mexican Texas).

References

  1. ^ a b "CALVIT, ALEXANDER," Handbook of Texas Online (https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fca22), accessed September 09, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  2. ^ Eron Rowland, Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1921, Volume 4, p. 38 [1]
  3. ^ John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, Mississippi, as a Province, Territory, and State: With Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens, Power & Barksdale, 1880, Volume 1, pp. 320; 329 [2]
  4. ^ H. S. Halbert, T. H. Ball, The Creek War of 1813 and 1814, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1995, p. 245 [3]
  5. ^ a b c C. Herndon Williams, Texas Gulf Coast Stories, The History Press, 2010, p. 78 [4]
  6. ^ City of Clute, Texas: History
  7. ^ a b C. Herndon Williams, True Tales of the Texas Frontier: Eight Centuries of Adventure and Surprise, The History Press, 2013. [5]
  8. ^ a b Diana J. Kleiner, "CALVIT-HERNDON PLANTATION," Handbook of Texas Online (https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/accgf), accessed September 09, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on September 4, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  9. ^ Neila Skinner Petrick, Jane Long of Texas, 1798-1880: A Biographical Novel of Jane Wilkinson Long of Texas : Based on Her True Story, Pelican Publishing, 2000, p. 89 [6]
  10. ^ Mary Austin Holley, Mary Austin Holley: The Texas Diary, 1835-1838, Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1965, p. 113 [7]
  11. ^ Handbook of Texas Online, "Calvit, Alexander," accessed April 25, 2016, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fca22. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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