Cpl. William Joseph Boykin

Wm. J. Boykin served in the 6th company of Texas Rangers organized by Henry E. McCulloch.

 

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Conformation Letter date August 30, 2012 states William Joseph Boykin was twice a Texas Ranger. Enlisted Oct 25, 1848 through Dec 8, 1848, 1 month 13 days at age 19. Next enlisted Nov 5, 1850 through Nov 5, 1851, 1 year at age 21.

 

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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Conformation Letter

This letter for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame is conformation that William J Boykin was twice a Texas Ranger.



 

Texas Ranger Documentation

This documentation is from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.



 

Texas Ranger Capt Henry E McCulloch Muster Roll

This Documentation from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame showing the Muster Roll from Capt Henry E McCulloch's Muster Rolls for 1850 - 1851 .



 

Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas

A detail history of Texas by John Henry Brown .
AUTHOR OF "TWO YEARS IN MEXICO," "EARLY LIFE IN THE SOUTHWEST," " THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HENRY SMITH, THE FIRST AMERICAN GOVERNOR OF TEXAS"


 

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Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas / by John Henry Brown

Page 110

 

Gen. Brooke, in view of these increasing depreciations, called into service a company of Texas rangers, who were mustered in at Austin, November 5, 1850. Henry E. McCulIoch, for the fifth time since June'8, 1846, was elected Captain, John R. King, First Lieutenant, Calvin S. Turner, Second Lieutenant, and Wm. C. McKean, was Orderly Sergeant.

The company formed a central camp on the Aransas, between the Nueces and San Antonio, and kept up an active system of scouts from the one river to the other, and successively discovered, pursued and broke up two or three raiding parties, capturing their horses and outfits, though the savages in each case escaped into the almost impenetrable chaparrals of that section. Two Indians, however, during the stay of the company in that locality, slipped inside the lines, captured a small boy, son of Hart, at the Mission Refugio, and successfully escaped ; but this in a period of five months, was the only success they achieved, being wholly defeated in every other attempt, and confidence was restored. The company, being six months' men, were discharged at Fort Merrill, on the Nueces, on the 4th of May, 1851, but reorganized as a new company for another six months on the next day. Capt. Gordon Granger (a Federal General in the civil war) was the officer who mustered out the old company and remustered them in the new.

Of this second company (the sixth and last one in the service of the United States commanded by the same gentleman) Henry E. McCulloch was unanimously elected Captian, Milburn Harrell, First, and Wm. C. McKean, Second Lieutenant, Oliver H.  P. Keese, Orderly Sergeant, the other Sergeants being Houston Tom, Thomas Drennan and James Eastwood; the corporals were John M. Lewis , Abner H. Beard, Thomas F. Mitchell and Archibald Gipson; Wm. J. Boykin and James E. Keese, buglers; John Swearinger, blacksmith; Thomas Sappington, Farrier. There were seventy-four privates and a total in rank and file of eighty nine.



 

History of Texas 1685 - 1892, Volume II

A detail history of Texas by John Henry Brown .
AUTHOR OF "TWO YEARS IN MEXICO," "EARLY LIFE IN THE SOUTHWEST," " THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HENRY SMITH, THE FIRST AMERICAN GOVERNOR OF TEXAS," "THE INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS,


Reference Book:

History of Texas; from 1685 to 1892, Volume 2

By John Henry Brown

Page 356

 

Henry E. M’Culloch’s Fight.

From the 8th of June 1846 to November 4th, 1851, Henry E. McCulloch commanded six different companies of Texas rangers called into the service of the United States, some for six and some for twelve months. In November, 1850, under the orders of Gen. Brook he became captain of the 5th company. He was stationed on the Aransas River and rendered important service in checking frequent raids of Indians into that portion of the coast country.

 

The company, being six months’ men, were discharged at Fort Merrill, on the Nueces, on the 4th of May, 1851, but reorganized as a new company for another six months on the next day. Capt. Gordon Granger (a Federal general in the war between the States), was the officer who mustered out the old company and remustered them in the new.

 

Of this second company (sixth and last one in the service of the United States commanded by the same gentleman), Henry E. McCulloch was unanimously elected captain, Millburn Howell first and William C. McKean second lieutenant; Oliver H.P. Keese, orderly sergeant; the other sergeants being Houston Tom, Thomas Drennan and James Eastwood; the corporals were John M. Lewis, Abner H. Beard, Thomas F. Mitchell and Archibald Gipson; Wm. J. Boykin and James E. Keese, Buglers; John Swearinger, blacksmith; Thomas Sappington, farrier. There were seventy-four privates and a total in rank and file of eighty-nine.