Title: Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Founders and Patriots oftheRepublic of Texas, Book II
Publication: Austin, Texas: 1984, 2nd Ed.
Title: The McQuistion, McCuiston and McQuesten Families 1620 - 1937
Author: McQuiston, Leona Bean
Publication: Louisville KY: The Standard Press, 1937. Pg 359
Title: Marriage cited from Davidson County Marriage Licenses andcensusrecords.
Publication: Pg 360
Note: gold coins because, she said, "he has Texas in his blood and he needsan inheritance that he can take to Texas with him." The gold was afamily legacy handed down from the McCuistion ancestors and brought toAmerica by Ann Moody McCuistion. Through Ann's lifetime she neverused any of the gold and when she died, in 1819, the keg of coins waspassed to her son, Robert. After San Jacinto, the Texas Republic waswithout funds and its only resource was land. The Texas dollar wasworthless. Sam Houston knew his only hope to bolster the economy wasto exchange public land for gold. To Accomplish his purpose, the heroof San Jacinto invited seventeen men. By their contributions thevalue of the Texas dollar rose to almost par value on the world marketand the Republic was saved. ..."the ten thousand acres of landaccepted in exchange for the McCuistion gold remained worthless butRobert never regretted his gift to Texas." All of Robert's childrenwere born in Davidson and Bedford Counties, Tennessee. Robert went toRobertson County, Texas in 1835 and established himself at a strongspring of good water, later known as the McCuistion Headwaters. Thisis near the present village of Easterly.
Robert, his young wife Elizabeth, and their youngest son Joshua; camefrom Tennessee and settled near Easterly, east of Old Franklin. Thevillage became to be called Franklin.
An effort was made to list the names of settlers in Robertson County,Texas in the first five years of its existence; however, a list ofvoters who went to the polls of Old Franklin in the first election, inNovember 1838, includes Robert McCuistion. In the listing by theDaughters of the Republic of Texas, Robert is said to ba a loyalcolonist and financial supporter.
Note: Robert's mother, Ann Moody McCuistion, gave him the little keg of
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