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Charles C. Stibbens is the only soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, or the Battle for Texas Independence of 1835-1836 to be buried in Collin County. On September 22, 1990, his grave was marked with medallions by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and second great granddaughter, Brenda Kellow. They placed medallions for Veteran of the Republic of Texas, and Citizen of the Republic of Texas. Ms. Kellow is also the author of the book, Charles C. Stibbens, Soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto, and Citizen of the Republic of Texas. On November 7, 1992, at a special ceremony, the Stibbens descendants gathered to celebrate the Texas Historical Marker placed at Stibbens’ grave by Ms. Kellow and James C. Evans, Sr.

Charles C. Stibbens was born 14 May 1810 in Pipe Creek, then Baltimore County, Maryland.  He was literate and had an excellent command of the English language and an eloquent penman­ship, evident in his many surviving letters. He arrived in Texas with the first volunteer company which he himself had organized and financed to support the Lone Star Republic. He was a soldier in the Texas Revolution at the commencement at Gonzales in 1835. He served until the first day of January 1837. Charles C. Stibbens and his volunteers formed the First Volun­teers, Company "I". His service record, number 496, shows he was in Major Leander Smith's company at muster on April 5 1836. Furthermore, he served from April 20 to

June 22, 1836 in Captain William S. Fisher's company of Velasco Blues at San Jacinto.  Stibbens, number 22, is on the muster roll of Company I, First Regiment of Volunteers under the command of Col. Millard. His name is engraved on the original 1939 bronze plaque at the San Jacinto Monu­ment. His name also appears in, The Honor Roll of the Battle, A Complete List of Participants and Personnel on Detached Service.

He, his wife Elizabeth (who was also a recipient of land grants), and their children settled near the East Fork of the Trinity River in Saint Paul, Collin County, Texas. There, in southeast Collin County, most of Charles C. Stibbens children married and died, as did he on March 31, 1879. He is buried in the Saint Paul Catholic Cemetery, in Saint Paul, just east of where the Saint Paul Catholic Church once stood.

A biography by Brenda Kellow, Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Instructor, ©2000, an excerpt from her book on the subject.

Understanding Ancestry DNA

I have readers and friends who contact me every day telling me their frustrating experience with Ancestry’s aDNA. We must understand that the DNA is only reporting a person who’s DNA links to yours. It links only to him or her only. It does not link you to their spouse’s DNA unless that spouse’s DNA is in the database. If it is, it will announce to you that your DNA links to ‘Jane Doe’ or to John Doe’. It does not mean that you have a link to any of his or her spouses. You have to wait until someone with the spouse’s DNA link is announced.

If it throws you over into a tree, that tree is suggested to you because your DNA links to a person in that tree such as Jane Doe. All people in that tree must be personally researched. If the tree has sources, then each source must be searched individually. People make mistakes. People also add incorrect sources.

I have found one tree that has sources that link me to someone in their tree. I followed the sources given. The chapter and page number in that book do not list that ‘Revolutionary War’ vet’s name, nor does any page have his name listed on it after checking the book’s index. 

The new DNA Connections only link you to someone in a tree that you have listed in one of your trees. If you added someone in your personal tree that you added from a ‘trusted’ friend, then you may be chasing shadows. I don’t even acknowledge DNA Connections—it’s just those same trees I have been looking at for years.

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