Person:FAWCETT, Robert McMahon (1859 - 1933)

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FAWCETT, Robert McMahon (1859 - 1933)
Family(s): Fawcett
Person ID (Link to genealogy): GED link doc.gif I646
Sex: M
Date born: 17 Oct 1859
Born in: Kemper County, Mississippi
Date died: 28 Nov 1933
Died in: Comstock, Texas
Buried in: Westlawn Cemetery, Del Rio, Texas


Father: FAWCETT, Erasmus Rigney (1812 - 1868)
Mother: HILL, Ann Elizabeth Pride (1827 - 1868)
Spouse(s): ALDRIDGE, Elizabeth Jane (1858 - 1948)
Children(in Wiki):

Religious affiliation(s): Episcopalian
Occupation(s): Farmer, Rancher
Fawcett book: FAWCETT, Robert McMahon (1859 - 1933)
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From Bill Fawcett's book:

ROBERT McMAHON FAWCETT was born on Monday, October 17, 1859 to Ann E.P. Hill and Erasmus R. Fawcett in Kemper County, Mississippi (TX Death Certificate 52859). He and his siblings (Frank, Brancie and Curtis) were baptized by Episcopal Bishop Green of Jackson, Mississippi on October 4, 1863.

Robert came to Gonzales County, Texas with his parents and siblings (J. Curtis, Brancie, Frank and E. Keyes) in January 1867. After he was orphaned in 1868, Frank continued to raise Robert and the other children on their land about 20 miles north of Yorktown, near the Gates Cemetery in Gonzales County.

By May 1871 Bobbie Fawcett, age 12, was living with his uncle Willis and aunt Jerusha Fawcett near Yorktown, where he attended school (Letter W Fawcett to L Fawcett 5/4/1871). During the summer he still lived with them, but also helped Frank to herd Keyes’ sheep. He stopped his studies after complaining about a burning sensation on his eye lids. His Aunt Jerusha had Willis pierce Bobbie’s ears with green silk thread to cure his illness (Letter W Fawcett to V Fawcett 6/10/1871). By March 1876, Robert got tired of herding sheep and going to school, so he left Yorktown to live with his sister, Bransonia Fawcett, and her new husband, J.W. Carson (Letter W Fawcett to V Fawcett 3/20/1877). Robert and Joseph Curtis Fawcett farmed their parcel of the Dillard League, near the Gates Cemetery, through the 1890s.

Robert Fawcett married Elizabeth Jane Aldridge on December 16, 1885 in Wrightsboro, Gonzales County, Texas (Marriage Records; Hyatt 1980, Stoddard and Ingmire 1985). According to R.B. Fawcett their marriage was an unhappy one and full of tension. The 1892 Texas State Gazetteer places R.M. and his brother, J.C. Fawcett, at Hamon. Within a few year, Robert moved his family to a farm that he purchased 4 miles east of Wrightsboro. The 1900 census for Gonzales County lists their two children: Arthur L. Fawcett and Stella Blanche Fawcett (Pct 5, ED 58, sheet 10, line 25).

William B. Aldridge, Elizabeth's brother, was living with them in 1900 in Wrightsboro (census; Hyatt 1980). On the morning of December 19, 1900, Will Aldridge shot Robert Fawcett. Their argument arose over cotton money at Robert's Home. There had been no previous quarrel prior to this unprovoked attack by Aldridge. He shot Bob at close range as Fawcett took a pistol away from him. The bullet struck Bob from the side near his arm and penetrated his chest, lodging near his heart. The doctors could not locate the bullet. For several days they were uncertain whether Fawcett would live (Gonzales Inquirer 12/19/1900:4; Cuero Daily Record 12/19 & 21/1900).

Robert M. Fawcett moved his family to Val Verde County by November 1902 and began to acquire property. He and his son, Arthur, attended the wedding of his brother, E.K. Fawcett, and Frankie Baker at Baker’s Crossing in mid-November (Letter EK Fawcett to F Fawcett 11/5/1902).

By 1905 Robert owned lots in Comstock, and ranched in the vicinity. From March 13-24 R.M. Fawcett visited Del Rio and reported that the range was fine around Comstock (Val Verde County Herald 3/17/1905:6; 3/24/1905:8). Later in the year he served on a jury in Del Rio (Val Verde County Herald 12/22/1905).

R.M. Fawcett visited Del Rio from his ranch on the Devils River near Comstock for a few days in March 1906 (Val Verde County Herald 3/9/1906:3). When his ranch failed sometime after 1910, he worked for his younger brother E.K. Fawcett (Johnson 1914: 1695).

Robert Fawcett lived in Comstock (ca. 1910-33) while he directed the town/railroad water works. The 1910 census places his household (Pct 3 #20) at Comstock, including himself, his wife and their children, Stella and Arthur. Bob ranched and Arthur repaired autos. Robert owned several lots (2-7) in block 19 between Juno and Sonora Streets on the south side of the railroad tracks and two blocks east of G.W. Ames. By 1920 Robert Fawcett (Census Pct 3/Hse #91/93) still lived in Comstock, but apart from his wife, Elizabeth, who lived with Authur and his wife in Comstock (Pct 3/#22-23). Robert still raised stock and farmed.

Robert M. Fawcett died at 7 p.m. the Del Rio Hospital following a heart attack (angina pectoris) suffered at his home in Comstock on Nov. 28, 1933 (TX Certificate No. 52859). He was also senile according to Dr. James R. Middlewok of Del Rio. His funeral was held at E.K. Fawcett's home on Spring Street in Del Rio on November 30, 1933, with Rev. H. Conger Jones of the St. James Episcopal Church officiating. R.M. Fawcett was buried at the Westlawn Cemetery (Section P, Block 8, Lot 9) in Del Rio by Doran Funeral Home (Coleman 1993).


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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