One of the early settlers in Collin County, Texas is John Madison Salmons. He was born in Illinois in 1824, sold land in Illinois in 1846 and moved to Texas.
Collin County, Texas was created from Fannin County in 1846. J.M. Salmons paid taxes for owning land in Collin County, Texas in 1846 and 1847.
He married Sarah Ann Beck, daughter of Sanford Beck another of the early settlers of Collin County. John and Sarah had 13 children. Two died as infants and one daughter died as a teen. From his 10 children John lived to see nine grandchildren born and one die.
John M. Salmons was elected a Collin County Commissioner in 1850 and appointed a County Commissioner again in 1877.
During the Civil War John M. Salmons served in Company D, Stones Regiment, 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers. In July of 1863 he resigned his commission as a 3rd Lieutenant due to medical conditions. The final approval of his medical discharge was signed by Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A.
John Madison Salmons died on 4 February 1879. He is buried with his wife and several children and their families in the Murphy Cemetery, Collin County, Texas.
During John M. Salmons life here in Texas, he lived to see and help Collin County grow. He witnessed how the county suffered through the Civil War. He was part of the post-war recovery. He saw the establishment of the towns of Sache, Parker, Decatur (later named Murphy), and Plano.
Let us show you Plano, Texas The Early Years, A History of Collin County, Texas, and Collin County, Texas Families here at the Genealogy Center. These books along with other Texas and Collin County records and materials tell the story of John Madison Salmons and his family, as well as other Collin County pioneer families.
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