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GORBET, CHESTER SPALDING (ca. 1796–1878). Chester Spalding Gorbet, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born around 1796 in Pennsylvania. He traveled to Texas in the winter of 1821–22 and received title to a sitio now in Brazoria County on July 19, 1824. The census of 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser aged between twenty-five and forty. His household included his wife, Nancy, and a small son. He enlisted in E. L. R. Wheelock's rangers, served from October 30, 1835, until February 20, 1836, and participated in the siege of Bexar. Records indicate that a man named Gorbet enrolled on May 8, 1836, in Captain Benton's company, served in the Texas Revolution, and, for service at the siege of Bexar, received 320 acres and 640 acres of donation land in Brown County. Gorbet was one of only eleven Baptists in Austin's first colony. In 1847 he attended the organizational meeting of the Texas Baptist Convention in Anderson. He married a woman named Nancy around 1820. About 1830 he married Ann R. Bradley; they had two daughters. On June 24, 1844, he married Nancy White Wilson; they had two sons. His last wife died in the early 1850s in Grimes County, where Gorbet lived until 1870, when he moved to Brazos County. He died on October 23, 1878, at Bryan.


Glenna Fourman Brundidge, Brazos County History: Rich Past-Bright Future (Bryan, Texas: Family History Foundation, 1986). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967).

John G. Johnson

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John G. Johnson, "GORBET, CHESTER SPALDING," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.