Robert Hugh Henry

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Robert Hugh Henry

Birthplace: Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death: October 29, 1865 (64)
Robertson County, Texas, USA, Robertson County, TX, United States (Buried: Henry Cemetery Bryan (Brazos County)Brazos CountyTexas, USA)
Place of Burial: Brazos County, TX, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Henry, I and Margot Henry
Husband of Elizabeth Sharon Henry
Father of Hugh Reed Henry; John D. Henry; William Henry; Sam Henry; Robert Henry and 8 others
Brother of Alexander Henry; Margaret Henry; William Henry; James Henry and Hugh Henry

Managed by: Lisa C. Guidarini
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About Robert Hugh Henry

Reference: Find A Grave Memorial -

Robert Hugh Henry was born on March 7, 1801. Parents were James Henry and Margot O'Hara

One of victors in Battle of San Jacinto. Born in Ireland; came to America, 1820, and here to Robertson's Colony, 1832. A staunch Presbyterian, kept true to faith at risk of life. In 1836 War for Texas Independence, he served in 2nd Rgt., Infantry, Texas Volunteers. Prominent in public life, he held Justice of Peace Court beneath shade trees. He married Elizabeth Downing, Londonderry, Ireland.; had 13 children. Their heirs include noted Texans.

Robert Henry and his wife Elizabeth Downing were married in Londonderry, Ireland on Jun 3, 1820. Immediately following their wedding they left for America. They migrated across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas. Robert was successful at farming and livestock business.

Robert and Elizabeth made it to Texas just before the passage of the Mexican law of 1830 which made it almost impossible for others to come to Texas. Robert Henry served in Captain James Gillespie Co, Texas Army in the Battle of San Jacinto.

The Henry and Houston families were friends in Ireland. Robert and Sam had not met until they were in the army together. Robert was one of the men who helped carry the broken and battered body of Sam Houston on board the little vessel which would carry him to New Orleans for medical treatment after the battle of San Jacinto, and the declaration of Texas Independence.

Robert and Elizabeth owned Slaves. The house that they lived in was located in Brazos County in an area known as "Red Top" In his later years Robert Henry became known as "Squire Henry". He built the first cotton gin in this part of Texas in 1840.

Several organizations in Brazos County attest to the memory of Robert Henry. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Chapter in Bryan bears his name. One of the family's most cherished possessions is a leather-bound ledger containing the minutes of The Henry Grange Lodge #210 from 1875 to 1888. Mention is made in these minutes of contributing to the new college which was soon to be built. This college is Texas A&M University.

A small family cemetery near Bryan is the final resting place for Robert Henry. A chain link fence has been built around the plot to keep the cattle out. The marker at the head of his grave reads in part: "Robert 1801-1856. A victor for the Battle of San Jacinto. A staunch Presbyterian-Kept true to faith at risk of life. Prominent in Public life, he held Justice of the Peace Court beneath shade trees." Formed the Texas Rangers in Robertson County.


Robert Hugh Henry was born on March 7, 1801, in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Robert married Elizabeth Sharon Downing on June 3, 1820, in Chester, South Carolina, USA. Together they had the following children:

He died on October 29, 1865, in Robertson, Texas, USA and was buried after October 29, 1865, in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, United States of America. Reference: Find A Grave Memorial -


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Robert Hugh Henry's Timeline

March 7, 1801
Antrim, Northern Ireland
May 19, 1821
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
August 18, 1822
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
January 17, 1824
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
March 15, 1825
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
June 25, 1826
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
November 4, 1827
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
January 20, 1829
Chester, Chester, South Carolina, USA
November 7, 1830
Alabama, United States