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Major Robert McNutt
Texas Revolution hero
Historical Marker - Grave site
Hutto, Texas


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south side of Hwy 79/E. Palm Valley rd at McNutt Rd
1/8 mile east of CR110
in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery


 

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  GPS Coordinates
Latitude 30.5340- Longitude -97.5942
Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
+30°32'2.40", -97°35'39.12"

UTM 14 R - Easting: 634861 - Northing: 3378800
 

 

 
 

 


 

 

from the Handbook of Texas Online - Robert McNutt - Major

McNutt Robert (1795–1853). Robert McNutt, pioneer farmer, Indian fighter, and officer in the Texas Revolution, was born on May 1, 1795, in Maury County in what later became Tennessee. In September 1813 he enlisted as a private to fight in the War of 1812. By October 1814 he was a lieutenant in the Twenty-seventh Regular Tennessee Militia, and by 1826 he was a first major in the Second Regiment of Maury County. While in Tennessee McNutt also engaged in land speculation and operated an inn. On February 26, 1818, he married Mary Jackson of Maury County. They had four sons and six daughters. McNutt's youngest son and daughter were born in Texas. The McNutt family moved to Texas in 1834 and, after receiving two headrights in Williamson and Austin counties, settled near Bellville, Austin County. On March 1, 1836, McNutt assumed the rank of captain and joined lieutenants Gibson Kuykendall and John Burleson in forming a company of Austin County volunteers to relieve the Alamo. After the fall of the Alamo, McNutt and his company, under the command of Gen. Sam Houston, joined in the retreat from Gonzales. During the battle of San Jacinto, McNutt, who had recently been promoted to major, was placed in command of the baggage guard and ammunition. He was also responsible for the wounded and sick, many of whom were suffering from measles. He was relieved from further military duties in 1836 and for his service received two grants totaling 960 acres in Bastrop and Lee counties. He later served as tax assessor and collector for Austin County until ill health forced him to resign. In 1851 he settled near Georgetown, where he lived until his death, on August 31, 1853. In 1963 a historical marker was erected at McNutt's gravesite in Williamson County honoring his military service at the battle of San Jacinto. His name is also engraved on the historical plaque honoring the heroes of the battle of San Jacinto at the San Jacinto Monument and Museum.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Eugene C. Barker, "The San Jacinto Campaign," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 4 (April 1901). Seymour V. Connor et al., Battles of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1967; 3d ed. 1980). James M. Day et al., Soldiers of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1973).

 

Dorothy McNutt Humphreys
 




from the Daughters of Republic of Texas, Volume 1

A meeting was held under the auspices of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, with the Hon. George W. Hill, Executive Secretary of the Committee presiding, with the impressive assistance of the American Legion.


Among the relatives of Maj. McNutt present were Mrs. Dorothy McNutt Humphreys, a great-granddaughter, and her father, Mr. Hugh McNutt, a grandson.


Robert migrated to Texas in April 1834, and was granted a first class certificate calling for one league of land in Williamson County near Georgetown, and one labor of land in Austin County near Bellville., TX.
Robert McNutt was the organizer of the First Regiment of Texas and was, by Gen. Sam Houston appointed as major of the unit. For his military service, he received Certificate No. 1037 for 640 acres of land in Lee County near Giddings, and Certificate No. 2398 for 320 acres in Bastrop and Lee counties, near Giddings.


Judge Paine L. Bush, president of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, was one of several persons who accorded to Maj. Robert McNutt sincere and grateful praise of his service to Colonial Texas, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas as pioneer, citizen, patriot and military commander and especially his energy, courage and devotion to duty exampled by his organizing a company of soldiers and bringing them to Houston's assistance in time to render invaluable service in the Battle of San Jacinto.


Today, this soldier-patriot Maj. Robert McNutt has a distinction and an honor the equal of which few men possess, his name appears upon the San Jacinto Monument in Houston, TX.
Dorothy M. Humphreys, 5786

 


 


Robert McNutt - Major, a soldier, patriot of the Texas Revolution, was born May 1, 1795 supposedly in Tennessee. It is believed that his parents were William and Elizabeth McNutt. The first authentic record of Robert McNutt is when he joined the American Army on Sept. 13, 1813 as a private under Col. Wear and Capt. Bowman in the Mounted Infantry in the War of 1812. Records in Nashville, TN, state that on Oct. 5, 1814 he was enlisted in the Tennessee state Militia as a lieutenant in the 27th Regiment in which capacity he served until the war's end. On Feb. 24, 1818 he was married in Columbia, Maury County, TN, to Mary (Polly) Jackson, daughter of Brice and Elizabeth Jackson of Bedford County, TN. To them 10 children were born. In April 183.4, the McNutt family immigrated to Texas and settled near a point later to be known as Piney Woods near San Felipe, Austin County. TX. Robert was a farmer and a surveyor of land for new settlers, and after the war a tax assessor and collector. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico, Robert enlisted in the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers on March 1, 1836. His assignment during the famous Battle of San Jacinto was the command of the "Upper Encampment" at Harrisburg as major by Gen. Sam Houston. He died at Hutto, TX, Aug. 3, 1853 and is buried in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery. A state historical marker honors the military service of Maj. Robert McNutt to Texas, located at his gravesite in Williamson County, TX.
Myrtle McNutt Rhodes, (GGD), 9925

 


 

Major Robert McNutt

 

b-May 1, 17 95 in what is now Tennessee

d-August 31, 1853 Hutto, Texas

m- February 24, 1818 in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee to

Mary (Polly) Jackson b-10-26-1796 N.C., d-12-28-1849, Hutto, Texas Daughter of Brice and Elizabeth Jackson. 10-children.

 

1. Eliza McNutt b-10-3-1819 Maury Co. Tenn. d-1-25-1849 Austin Co. Tex

m-(1) 1-17-1836 Austin Co. Tex. URIAH SANDERS. 3-children. Robert Peter Sanders; George Sanders ; Nancy Uriah Sanders Taylor.

m-(2) 12-18-1844 Nelson Morey. 2-children Mary Morey; IV Eliza Morey.

 

2. Nancy McNutt b-7-8-1821 Maury Co. Tenn. d-11-31-1855 Hutto, Texas

m-(1) 10-5-1837 Austin Co. Tex. JAMES B. ALLEN. 7-children - Eliza Allen Juvenal; Mary Allen; Martha Allen Juvenal; Travis Allen; Benjamin Allen; Joe Allen; Louise Allen Adams.

m-(2) Dr. Knight. 1 child Nora Knight

 

3. Martha McNutt b-9-8-1823 Maury Co. Tenn. d-7-9-1854 Hutto, Texas m-11-16-1843 BENJAMIN J. ALLEN. 4-children - Martin Allen; Annie Allen Sedwick; Horton Allen; Benjamin Patterson Allen.

 

4. Robert Brice McNutt b-2-3-1826 Maury Co. Tenn. d-7-11-1860 Austin Co. Tex m-3-22-1849 Austin Co. Tex. Elizabeth T. Bush. 5-children -Sarah Jane McNutt; Nathan McNutt; Joe McNutt; Elizabeth McNutt Dabney; Anna McNutt Caywood.

 

5. John William McNutt b-2-7-1828 Maury Co. Tenn. d-9-1-1842

 

6. Mary Elizabeth McNutt b-1-30-1830 Maury Co. Tenn. d-6-26-1858 Belton, Tex

m-11-24-1847 Parker M. Levi. 4-children

Josiah Robert (Bose) Levy; Sarah Texana Levy; Hamilton (Dick) Levy; Mary Catherine Levy.

 

7. Jane Catherine McNutt b-1-16-1832 Maury Co. Tenn. d-10-28-1902Mexia, Tex. m-10-23-1851 HENRY MARTINMUNGERR. 10-children

Robert Sylvester Manger; Stephen Ingram Manger; Charles H. Munger; Henry Martin Munger; Anna Kate Munger Teague; Minnie Munger Means; William Nelson Munger; Hamilton McNutt Munger; Lillo Manger, Carrie Munger Long.

 

8. An unnamed son b-2-5-1834 d-2-19-1834

 

9. Tabitha Tennessee McNutt b-12-6-1835 Austin Co. Province of Mexico d-8-4-1853 Hutto, Texas.

 

10. Hamilton M. McNutt b-12-22-1838 Austin Co. Republic of Texas d-7-14-1932 Holdthwaitee, Texas

M-8-16-1866 Hutto, Texas, Mary Jane Harris Burrows. 5-children
Edna McNutt; Lola Kate McNutt; Edgar Walter McNutt;

 

(only living Grandchildren as of 1963)

 Ella McNutt Kemp;               Hugh McNutt.

b-6-27-1876                         b-4-3-1879

Hutto, Texas                         Hutto, Texas

 

 


 

Article from the El Campo Leader - April, 29 -1964

San Jacinto Day Something Extra
Special For Father And Daughter of Major Robert McNutt

April 21 is a great day in the life of all Texans but it is really a banner day- to two El Campo residents, 85 year old Hugh McNutt and his daughter; Mrs. Earl F. Humphreys.

Every native Texan, and most transplanted Texans, know that upon April 21, 1836. this great state won its independence at the Battle of San Jacinto near what is now metropolitan Houston,

It's been 128 years since that event, called by many historians one of the decisive military engagements of all time but Hugh McNutt can trace direct ancestry to one of the heroes of that historic engagement. His father also contributed to Texas history by fighting with the Confederacy in the civil war.

Millions of words have been written, are still being written and will continue to be written about the battle of San Jacinto, its commander General Sam Houston and the affect of the battle's outcome upon the history of Texas and the world. Mr. McNutt and his daughter, Mrs. Humphreys, have become diligent students not only of the battle of San Jacinto but of contemporary history of that memorable era.

Mr. McNutt has published a book about the McNutt family and the descendants of the first one to come to Texas and be a part of one of its most historic occasions, Major Robert McNutt, member of the First Regiment, Volunteers and commander of the baggage guard during the battle of San Jacinto.

The book contains more than 3,000 names.

Due to failing eyesight he had been forced to discontinue much of his writing and research. He still receives many inquiries from relatives, some of them .as far away as Ireland, but from others who like he have become an authority upon early Texas history.

The original McNutt to migrate from Texas was Robert, who like so many original Texans came here from Tennessee. He with his wife emigrated to Texas, in the Spring of 1834 and settled in Austin county. He was a farmer and surveyor.

Being in Texas only about two years, Robert McNutt raised a company in Austin county for the purpose of bringing aid to those who were besieged in the Alamo. Robert McNutt's company was one of the first three companies to arrive in Gonzales and there rumors of the fall of the Alamo prevented them from going further. There they were joined by other companies and General Houston arrived March 8, eight days after the Alamo fell to assume command.

Captain McNutt and his company participated in the celebrated retreat from Gonzales to the Colorado; then on to San Felipe and thence to the Brazos encampment opposite Grosse's
Plantation.

Up to this time, Capt. McNutt's company with 75 or SO men was the largest in the army. Here the army was re-organized and each company reduced to 56 men. His company was assigned to the First Regiment and Capt. McNutt promoted to major.

April 19, on Buffalo Bayou, opposite Harrisburg, Major McNutt's gallant old company and that of Capt. Payton R. Splann were assigned to guard the baggage, ammunition, wagons and teams and all the saddle horses left there by the main army which went in pursuit of the enemy.

Augmented by men from other Regiments, Major McNutt with over 200 men who had been detailed for this guard. Within less than a quarter mile away, 600 Mexican soldiers were camped from where thin McNutt and his men, many of them sick, were waiting.

The next night, April 20, General Cos with his 600 Mexican soldiers burned Harrisburg. As the bugle sounded Major McNutt and his men thought they were to be attacked and doused their fires. It developed later the bugle call was a march call and Cos and his men departed to join General Santa Anna.

That day the battle of San Jacinto was fought and Major McNutt and his detachment was 12 miles away in agony of anxiety to be with their comrades. It was upon April 23 that the result of the historic battle was confirmed to Major McNutt. That afternoon he decamped and began the march to the battlefield arriving April 24 to see the scene of the great victory. Peace and independence for the Texans was now assured.

Major McNutt stayed in the services of his country until about June 1, 1836. His name is en-graved upon the San Jacinto monument as one of its heroes.

Major McNutt was given Texas land for his great service to the new Republic. Immediately after the war he surveyed and located lands for the new land office.

In 1851 Major McNutt settled upon his headright in Williamson County near Georgetown where he died August 31, I/53. Both the major and his wife are buried in the McNutt-Allen cemetery between Round Rock and Hutto. 100 feet from the right of way of Highway 71.

Last year. in 1963, the Texas Historical Survey Committee erected a marker at his grave-site honoring Major McNutt for his military service at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Hamilton McNutt, the father of El Campo's Hugh McNutt was born in the Piney woods of Austin county in 1838 while Texas was a Republic and seven years before Texas entered the union. He was the tenth and last child of the San Jacinto hero, Major Robert McNutt. At the age of 16 Hamilton moved with his family to Williamson County.

As his father before him, Hamilton McNutt had a distinguished career as a member of the Confederate Army.

Enlisting with Company "C" of the 7th Texas cavalry, he participated in several major engagements and was wounded in action.

When the Civil War was over, Hamilton returned to his home near Hutto. There he went into cattle raising and ranching and drove cattle up the old Chisholm trail. He pursued ranching anti farming and passed away in 1932 at the age of 93.

His son, Hugh was born April 3, 1879 at Hutto.

He received his education in Dallas and there married Sadye Rice, the musically talented daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hudson Rice whose father was the fourth Mayor of Dallas and a Civil War surgeon.

From Dallas Hugh McNutt and his bride moved to Shreveport where their three children were born. These were Dorothy, now Mrs. Earl Humphreys of El Compo; Hugh Huffman McNutt of Oklahoma City, and Marvin McNutt of Dallas.

In Shreveport Hugh .McNutt engaged in selling cotton machinery and heavy oil equipment.
The family moved to Dallas where he continued in this business. His wife passed away in 1948 and soon afterward Mr. McNutt retired and moved to El Campo and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys.

Mr. Humphreys is better known as "Hump, the Farmers Friend" and also owns an artificial lure factory here. Since he and Mrs. Humphreys are gone a great part of the year because of Mr. Humphrey's cotton business, Mr. McNutt is a permanent resident of the El-Tex Hotel here.

He is spry and active and is an avid fan of the El Campo Little League teams. He is also an active member of the First Baptist Church here.

So San Jacinto Day to Hugh McNutt and his daughter, Mrs. Earl Humphreys is something extra special indeed because their grandfather and great-grandfather became one of Texas' immortals in Texas' battle for independence.


  

THEIR ANCESTER ONE OF THE HEROES OF THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO. Hugh McNutt, above and Mrs. Earl Humphreys, his daughter, both of El Campo take pride in San Jacinto Day, each April 21. Mr. McNutt's grandfather, Major Robert McNutt, is one whose name is upon the San Jacinto memorial. Mrs. Humphreys is the great granddaughter of Major McNutt.          
PHOTO BY CONNIE

 


Officers and Enlisted Men
Battle of San Jacinto 21st April 1836