Mason County Historical Commission likes to search for and discover Texas Rangers laid to rest in Mason County so that the grave site can be marked by a Former Texas Ranger Memorial Cross in honor of the Ranger’s contributions to our community in the frontier days.
Mary Carlman, a dedicated member of the Mason Historical Commission, became aware of a Texas Ranger by the name of James M Hunter buried in Mason County. Mary then did a lot of investigative research and found that indeed James Hunter had been a Texas Ranger who lived in Mason County in the 1800’s. Following other leads, Mary discovered that James Hunter had decendants living in Mason County, one of which was Sue Jordan Pledger, who was a great great grandaughter of Captain Hunter on her mother’s side of the family. Sue’s great grandmother was Laura Hunter Hamilton, and Laura was James Hunter’s daughter. Laura Hunter Hamilton had married and raised her family here in Mason County. Another relative living in Mason is Amy Capps, who is also a great great granddaughter of James Hunter.
James Hunter served as Major in 1862 for the Texas Ranger troop organized for the purpose of frontier protection. In 1863, Captain Hunter with his rangers had two fights with Indians; one on the heads of the Pedernales and James Rivers, in which six Indians were killed after having been trailed from the Llano, and one at House Mountain where the redskins succeeded in making their escape. Captain Hunter was also very active in keeping the peace in Gillespie County during the civil war.
Hunter even had the honor of serving at Fort Mason in 1870 as Captain of Companies A and B of the Texas Ranger Frontier Forces when Fort Mason was reopened in September of that year. The fort was closed for good in 1871.
Later James M. Hunter represented the Mason district in the State Legislature in 1876, and following that was County Judge of Mason County. He definitely had a strong connection with and love for Mason County.
The Ranger Cross Ceremony will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 16th at Crosby Cemetery and the cross will be uncovered by a Former Texas Ranger. You are invited and welcomed to attend.
NOTE: The memorial crosses are furnished through the Former Texas Rangers Association by a grant provided by the Texas Historical Foundation and the generous donations of Texas Ranger Descendents.