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Rangers perform a graveside service for Judge Elijah Gossett. Courtesy PhotoRangers perform a graveside service for Judge Elijah Gossett. Courtesy Photo

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – Judge Elijah Gossett was honored by the Texas Rangers at a ceremony held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Glenwood Cemetery in Crockett.

Gossett was born in Tennessee in 1788. His family moved to Texas in 1833 and settled in the community of Hurricane Bayou, just north of where Crockett is presently located. Because of concerns over local settlements’ vulnerability to Indian hostilities, Texas President Sam Houston organized mounted men in the area to help maintain order. Gossett was part of the first group to organize itself under the command of Captain Elisha Clapp. Clapp and his Mounted Rangers received an order to range from any point on the Brazos to Mr. Hall’s Trading Post on the Trinity, where he served from September 10, 1836, to December 12, 1836. After his death on November 24, 1948, Gossett was buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.

The ceremony conducted on Saturday was to honor Gossett’s service by presenting him with a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross. The cross is 18” x 36” with a mounted Texas Ranger circle star badge at its apex. It is made of steel and powder-coated for protection from the outside elements.

A fiddle duet performed by Hannah Keith and Bekah Clay opened the ceremony, which included the reading of the life of Judge Gossett, information on the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT), the induction of new members to the SRT, and the unveiling of the Texas Rangers Memorial Cross. The members inducted into the SRT are four descendants of Gossett – Kenneth P. Cowin, Daniel R. Cowin, Matthew A. Cowin, and Levi P. Clay.

Excerpts from a story written by Daniel Cowin about Gossett were read by his daughter, Hannah. Cowin, fourth great-grandson of Gossett, wrote the article from Elijah Gossett’s point of view, telling of his longtime friendship with David Crockett and his experiences as Chief Justice of Houston County.

Crockett Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher read a proclamation honoring Gossett. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to take pictures with Gossett’s descendants in front of the mural on Goliad Avenue.

in the area to help maintain order. Gossett was part of the first group to organize itself under the command of Captain Elisha Clapp. Clapp and his Mounted Rangers received an order to range from any point on the Brazos to Mr. Hall’s Trading Post on the Trinity, where he served from September 10, 1836, to December 12, 1836. After his death on November 24, 1948, Gossett was buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.

The ceremony conducted on Saturday was to honor Gossett’s service by presenting him with a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross. The cross is 18” x 36” with a mounted Texas Ranger circle star badge at its apex. It is made of steel and powder-coated for protection from the outside elements.

A fiddle duet performed by Hannah Keith and Bekah Clay opened the ceremony, which included the reading of the life of Judge Gossett, information on the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT), the induction of new members to the SRT, and the unveiling of the Texas Rangers Memorial Cross. The members inducted into the SRT are four descendants of Gossett – Kenneth P. Cowin, Daniel R. Cowin, Matthew A. Cowin, and Levi P. Clay.

Excerpts from a story written by Daniel Cowin about Gossett were read by his daughter, Hannah. Cowin, fourth great-grandson of Gossett, wrote the article from Elijah Gossett’s point of view, telling of his longtime friendship with David Crockett and his experiences as Chief Justice of Houston County.

Crockett Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher read a proclamation honoring Gossett. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to take pictures with Gossett’s descendants in front of the mural on Goliad Avenue.

the area to help maintain order. Gossett was part of the first group to organize itself under the command of Captain Elisha Clapp. Clapp and his Mounted Rangers received an order to range from any point on the Brazos to Mr. Hall’s Trading Post on the Trinity, where he served from September 10, 1836, to December 12, 1836. After his death on November 24, 1948, Gossett was buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.

The ceremony conducted on Saturday was to honor Gossett’s service by presenting him with a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross. The cross is 18” x 36” with a mounted Texas Ranger circle star badge at its apex. It is made of steel and powder-coated for protection from the outside elements.

A fiddle duet performed by Hannah Keith and Bekah Clay opened the ceremony, which included the reading of the life of Judge Gossett, information on the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT), the induction of new members to the SRT, and the unveiling of the Texas Rangers Memorial Cross. The members inducted into the SRT are four descendants of Gossett – Kenneth P. Cowin, Daniel R. Cowin, Matthew A. Cowin, and Levi P. Clay.

Excerpts from a story written by Daniel Cowin about Gossett were read by his daughter, Hannah. Cowin, fourth great-grandson of Gossett, wrote the article from Elijah Gossett’s point of view, telling of his longtime friendship with David Crockett and his experiences as Chief Justice of Houston County.

Crockett Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher read a proclamation honoring Gossett. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to take pictures with Gossett’s descendants in front of the mural on Goliad Avenue.

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