HUMPHREYS, EZEKIAL (ca. 1811–1839). Ezekial Humphreys, soldier and printer, was born in Connecticut about 1811. He moved to Warren, Ohio, and later to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he worked as a printer. In April 1836 he joined a volunteer cavalry company under John A. Quitman for service in the Texas Revolution. When the Quitman group disbanded about May 1836, Humphreys decided to stay in the Texas army in a cavalry company under William Strickland. On July 12, 1836, he transferred to William Van Norman's company, in which he served until he was honorably discharged in October 1836. Humphreys later received a bounty warrant, dated February 21, 1838, for 1,280 acres for his service. He settled in Houston, became a charter member of the Houston Jockey Club in the fall of 1838, and was secretary of the Houston Odd Fellows lodge. He was foreman of the Telegraph and Texas Register printing plant when he joined Jacob W. Cruger and John W. Eldredge in launching a daily paper, the Houston Morning Star, which first appeared on April 8, 1839. Humphreys died in Houston on November 12, 1839.
James H. McLendon, "John A. Quitman in the Texas Revolution," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 52 (October 1948). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967). Marilyn M. Sibley, Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers before the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983).
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