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PLEASANTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON

Virginia Scarborough

PLEASANTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON (1809–1892). George Washington Pleasants, soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on March 30, 1809, and moved to Texas in 1830. He first settled in Columbia, but went out in the country to live after the cholera epidemic of 1833 nearly depopulated the town. When the revolution began in 1835, Pleasants went with the revolutionary army to San Antonio, where he participated in all the fighting under the command of Col. Benjamin R. Milam. After fighting in the battle of San Jacinto, he settled in Fort Bend County. When the county was officially organized in 1837, he acted as deputy sheriff under John V. Morton. On June 24, 1843, he married Jane Brush; they had seven children. Both George and Jane Pleasants died in Blanco, Texas, while visiting their daughter, Mrs. Emma West. He died on January 7, 1892, and she died on November 1, 1896. Both are buried in Morton Cemetery, Richmond.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Andrew Jackson Sowell, History of Fort Bend County (Houston: Coyle, 1904; rpt, Richmond, Texas: Fort Bend County Historical Museum, 1974). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Virginia Scarborough, "PLEASANTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON," accessed July 03, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fplyu.

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