Zebulon Pike & Lydia Dancer Cottle
Republic of Texas Pioneers
Zebulon Pike Cottle was born in Lincoln County, Missouri in 1825, came to Texas in 1828, and was eleven years old at the fall of the Alamo. Being the youngest of 11 children, he played the role of observer as his family and the families they married into severed in the Texas Revolution like few others. Lydia Dancer, Zebulon’s wife – also had members of her family that fought and died for Texas independence. Lydia was born in Shelby County, Tennessee in 1831 having descended from her full Cherokee Indian mother and half-Delaware Indian father and thus represented the heritage before European colonization, while “Pike”, as he was known, descended from the trickle and then the flood of mainly Britannic immigrants that first settled Plymouth Colony. Here are a few of the names of individuals who served in extraordinary capacities and their relations to Zebulon Pike Cottle & Lydia Dancer.
Zebulon Pike Cottle – Self – As a child, playing on the side of the road with some other kids – met Davy Crockett who was on the way to the Alamo (family story passed down).
Sylvanus Cottle – (Z) Brother – At age of 16 served at Battle of San Jacinto in Rear Guard due to age.
Joseph Cottle – (Z) Brother – Served as an Indian Fighter and ranger with Captain John J. Tumlinson
Laura Cottle – (Z) Sister – Married John J. Tumlinson – One of the very first Texas Rangers.
Harriett Cottle – (Z) Sister – Pioneering Women in Texas –granted 1 league –4400+ Acres
Winslow Turner II – (Z) Uncle – Regidor in the appointed Gonzales Ayuntamiento of 1832 – died in the Runaway Scrape
Jonas Dancer – (L) Uncle – Early Methodist minister – established Methodist Church in Llano County – killed by Indians on May 23, 1859 – Dancer Peak (Llano) is named after him.
Ashall Dancer – (L) Father – Hard shell Baptist Preacher who helped bury members of Goliad Massacre – killed by Indians in 1849. He established 1st Baptist church west of the Colorado.
Zadock Woods – (Z) Husband of Aunt – Died in the Dawson Massacre, Fought Battle of Salado, Battle of New Orleans with future President Andrew Jackson, came to Texas in 1823, scouting the area with Moses Austin, father of Stephen F. Austin, married to Minerva Cottle.
Ahijah M. Highsmith – (Z) Husband of Aunt – Scout and Ranger – served in War of 1812 and Battle of San Jacinto under Captain Billingsley “Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers.
John J. Tumlinson – (Z) Brother in Law – One of First Texas Rangers, Indian Fighter, Security Lower Guadalupe River, Siege & Battle of Bexar, Comanche Raid on Linnville 1840, The Battle of Plum Creek 1840 (unclear), 1st Block House, Williamson County.
Andrew Tumlinson – (Z) Brother in Law – Married to Harriett Cottle – murdered by Indians – the same as his father.
John Dancer – (L) Brother – Died at Dawson Massacre – 17 years of age.
Thomas Thompson – (Z) Brother in Law – Battle of San Jacinto (Private) – 2nd husband of Harriett Cottle
Thomas J. Butler – (L) Brother in Law – Died in Dawson Massacre with Zadock Woods and John Dancer
Winslow Turner III – (Z) 1st Cousin – Battle of Brushy Creek, Battle of Gonzales, Served in Texas Army and in The Woll Campaign, In 1830, he made a trip with William B. Travis, James Bowie, Ben McCulloch, Samuel Highsmith, and George C. Kimbell He is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.
Benjamin Highsmith – (Z) 1st Cousin – Served in Battle of Velasco, Battle of Gonzales, Mission Concepcion, The Grass Fight, Storming of San Antonio, Battle of San Jacinto, Federation War, Cherokee War, Fight at Mill Creek, Fight on Brushy Creek, Battle of Plum Creek, Battle of Bandera Pass, Battle of Salado, Fight on the Hondo and acted as a courier between General Fannin and William B. Travis. Served at the Alamo and was sent to deliver a message just prior to fall of Alamo.
Leander Woods – (Z) 1st Cousin – Died at Battle of Velasco, June 1832
Norman B. Woods – (Z) 1st Cousin – Survived Dawson’s Massacre and died in Perote Castle Prison, Mexico City as a Mexican prisoner – buried in the prison moat.
Henry Gonzalvo Woods – (Z) 1st Cousin – Dawson’s Massacre – one of two to escape.
Joseph C. Robinson – (Z) 1st Cousin – Captured at Dawson Massacre by Mexican forces and imprisoned at Perote Prison near Mexico City for 18 months – released on March 27, 1844.
Abraham M. Clare – (Z) Husband of 1st Cousin – Arrived in Texas in 1822 – Involved in 1st fight between Indians and white settlers. He was appointed Syndico Procurador and the Representative of District of Gonzales.
Joseph Duty – (Z) Husband of 1st Cousin – One of Stephen F. Austin’s old 300
Samuel Porter Middleton – (Z) Husband of 1st Cousin – One of Stephen F. Austin’s old 300
Sarah Carpenter Sowell – (Z) Wife of Winslow Turner III. – Member of famous Sowell family who fought in every major battle and included famed author Andrew Jackson Sowell, brother to Sarah Carpenter Sowell.
George Washington Cottle – (Z) 2nd Cousin – Died in the Battle of Alamo – Cottle County, Texas is named after him.
Almond Cottle – (Z) 2nd Cousin – Battle of Gonzales and member of Immortal Eighteen.
James B. Hinds – (Z) Husband of 2nd Cousin – Served in Rear Guard, Battle of San Jacinto.
Thomas J. Jackson – (Z) Husband of 2nd Cousin – Died at the battle of the Alamo.