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Natalie R. Bonner
Gravestone of Vashti Gibbs Narramore.
Pioneer and landowner Vashti Gibbs Narramore and her husband are buried in Eagle Creek Cemetery in Harrison County. Courtesy Find A Grave and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

NARRAMORE, VASHTI GIBBS (1810–1884). Vashti Gibbs Narramore, early Texas pioneer and landowner, was born in 1810 to Elhanan Winchester Gibbs (1790–1827) and Frances Polly “Fanny” (Williams) Gibbs (1791–1860). Sources, including census records, differ regarding her place of birth and list Georgia and Alabama. About 1825 she married one of her cousins, William Joseph Gibbs. They had three children—William Dulaney Gibbs, E. Phillip Gibbs, and John Gibbs—and apparently lived in Alabama. Although the records for Vashti are few, her father was a veteran of the War of 1812 and moved to Texas in 1827 as a member of the DeWitt Colony. Vashti and her brothers followed, and records identify her move to Texas in 1837. General Land Office clerk returns list her as a widow who arrived in Texas in August 1837. 

On July 2, 1839, Vashti Gibbs claimed 1,280 acres of land, through a second-class headright (Certificate No. 126) according to the provisions of a congressional act giving land to immigrants. The Republic of Texas experienced a rapid influx of immigrants, and Gibbs and her family were part of the 30,000 Anglo immigrants who moved to Texas during this time. Her two land grants of 640 acres each, for Harrison and Panola counties, were eventually patented in December 1848.

On July 8, 1839, Vashti Gibbs married Tyre Elias Narramore (1800–1875) in Shreveport, Louisiana. Tyre Narramore paid $200 to the Caddo Parish clerk to obtain their license to marry. Shortly thereafter the couple moved back to Texas and lived on Vashti’s Harrison County property, where they began starting their family of ten children. Little is known regarding the details of Vashti Narramore’s life. The family farmed in Harrison County, and by the 1880 census, she was listed as a widow. She passed away in 1884 in Harleton, Harrison County, Texas, and was buried in Eagle Creek Cemetery near the western edge of her Harrison 640 acres. She rests next to her husband Tyre Narramore, and their gravesite is marked with a seal stating they were citizens of the Republic of Texas. 


Vashti Gibbs Papers, File Nos. 20 and 36, Original Land Grant Collection, Archives and Records Division, Texas General Land Office, Austin. “Vashti Gibbs Narramore,” Find A Grave Memorial (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5472223/vashti-narramore), accessed August 19, 2018.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Natalie R. Bonner, "NARRAMORE, VASHTI GIBBS," accessed May 26, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fnarr.

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