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Patrick Churchill Jack (1808-1844)

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Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas, 1841-1844

Patrick Churchill Jack was born in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1808. Details of his early years remain obscure. By 1827 he was practicing law in Jefferson County, Alabama, and in 1830 he arrived in Texas.

In 1831 Jack was given title to one-fourth of a league of land in Grimes County, part of Stephen F. Austin's second colony. He became the law partner of Texas revolutionary leader William B. Travis in Anahuac, at Trinity Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Jack and Travis were imprisoned briefly in 1832 when they attempted to secure the return of escaped slaves who had taken refuge with the Mexicans. The arrests precipitated the Anahuac disturbances and, ultimately, the Texas revolution. Jack took part in the conventions of 1832 and 1833 and, following his move to Brazoria Municipality, served in the House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Republic from 1837 to 1838. Jack was appointed district attorney for the First Judicial District in 1840 and the following year he was appointed district judge for the Sixth Judicial District, automatically making him an associate justice of the supreme court.

Jack, who had married in 1838, died of yellow fever in Houston on August 4, 1844 at the approximate age of thirty-six. He was buried three times: first in Houston, then Galveston, and finally, in 1942, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Sources

Baker, DeWitt Clinton. A Texas Scrap Book Made up of the History, Biography and Miscellany of Texas and Its People 267 (Austin, Texas: The Steck Co., 1935).

Ericson, Joe E. Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) 154 (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1980).

Texas State Cemetery, Patrick Jack (visited July 5, 2006).
http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?step=1&pers_id=16

Kemp, L. W. Jack, Patrick Churchill, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001). http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/JJ/fja1.html

Extended bibliography

Baker, DeWitt Clinton. A Texas Scrap Book Made up of the History, Biography and Miscellany of Texas and Its People 267 (Austin, Texas: The Steck Co., 1935).

Blair, Eric Lee. Early History of Grimes County 108 (Austin, Texas: the author, 1930).

Dyer, Joseph O. The Early History of Galveston 30 (Galveston, Texas: Oscar Springer, 1916).

Ericson, Joe E. Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) 154 (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1980).

Fulmore, Zachary Taylor. The History and Geography of Texas as Told in County Names 186 (Austin, Texas: E. L. Steck, 1915).

Thrall, Homer S. A Pictorial History of Texas 570 (St. Louis, Missouri: N. D. Thompson & Co., 1879).

Weyand, Leonie and Houston Wade. An Early History of Fayette County 99 (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936).

Additional information available in Southwestern Historical Quarterly as follow:
Volume 2, page 21
Volume 4, page 100, 101
Volume 6, page 279
Volume 7, page 271
Volume 11, page 3, 7, 45
Volume 27, page 82
Volume 33, page 274
Volume 42, page 273, 274
Volume 45, page 256
Volume 47, page 345
Volume 48, page 516
Volume 49, page 377n, 378
Volume 50, page 328
Volume 53, page 302n
Volume 56, page 74, 91, 401, 405
Volume 60, page 17
Volume 63, page 522
Volume 64, page 215
Volume 67, page 123
Volume 69, page 145, 304
Volume 70, page 262n