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PASCHAL, FRANKLIN LAFAYETTE (1810–1884). Franklin Lafayette Paschal, soldier and legislator, was born at Lexington (some sources say Athens, some Bowling Green), Georgia, on January 15, 1810, the son of George Washington and Agnes (Brewer) Paschal. He arrived in Texas from Rome, Georgia, as second lieutenant of Capt. Gustavus A. Parker's company of three-month volunteers on January 12, 1836. On December 10, 1836, he enlisted as a private in Capt. Clark L. Owen's Company A of Col. Joseph H. D. Rogers's First Regiment, Permanent Volunteers, of the Army of the Republic of Texas and ten days later was promoted to commissary sergeant. Later, as a member of the Texas Rangersqv under Capt. John C. Hays, Paschal was seriously wounded while on a scouting mission near San Antonio; he went to Georgia for medical treatment. He returned to Texas in 1839 and settled at San Antonio, where, by July of 1840, he owned 6,721 acres and had been elected assessor. On February 1, 1841, he was elected Bexar county coroner. He was elected sheriff in 1843 but resigned and ran successfully for the House of Representatives, where he represented Bexar County in the Eighth Legislature (1843–44) of the Republic of Texas. At various times he also served on the San Antonio city council, as city tax collector, and as crier of the United States district and circuit courts. On May 13, 1844, Paschal married Mary Frances Roach of Charleston, South Carolina. They became the parents of George Paschal, a San Antonio district attorney and mayor, and of the physician Frank Paschal. Mrs. Paschal died in 1869, and Paschal died of pneumonia in San Antonio on February 13, 1884. He was the brother of editor and jurist George Washington Paschal.

John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). 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). William S. Speer and John H. Brown, eds., Encyclopedia of the New West (Marshall, Texas: United States Biographical Publishing, 1881; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). A Twentieth Century History of Southwest Texas (2 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1907). Gifford E. White, ed., The 1840 Census of the Republic of Texas (Austin: Pemberton, 1966; 2d ed., Vol. 2 of 1840 Citizens of Texas, Austin, 1984).
Thomas W. Cutrer

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