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Charles Collom Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, April 24, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
When Texas became a Republic on March 2, 1836, they gave a league and a labor of land to every married man and 1/3 league to ever single man that was living here. A league of land is 4,428 acres and a labor is 177 acres. So, Charles Collom received 4,605 acres which was located between New Boston and Hooks. Charles's father and brothers and brother-in-law also received the same amount. Seven members of this family received 4, 605 acres each because they were here.
Charles Collom was born in 1797 and married Elizabeth Katherine Hyder. Charles was the son of George Collom, 1772-1843, and his wife Hannah Rosser 1773-1840. George and Hannah came here from White County, Tennessee on a keel boat. They landed at Lost Prairie, Arkansas on the Red River in 1821. Collin Collom, a brother to Charles, arrived in August of 1819. Jonathan arrived in 1827, and William in 1824. Their sister, Elizabeth married Levi M Rice in 1829. These families did bring slaves, therefore the first Afro-Americans also came to Bowie County at the same time.
Charles and Katherine Collom settled about 3 miles northeast of Old
Boston. They had fourteen children. Their second child
is believed to be the first white child born in Bowie County.
Two of their children died as babies and are not listed.
Probably the most well-known members of the Collom family are the
doctors it produced. Dr Spencer Allen Collom was the son of
Spencer Rice Collom and Martha J Reed and his son Dr Spencer A Collom
Jr practiced medicine in Texarkana until his death in 1955, where
he was associated with Collom-Carney Clinic.
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