Logan Vandeveer, early Texas Ranger, soldier, pioneer; ranger, cattleman, and civic leader, was born in Casey county, Kentucky about 1815. He was the son of William and Emily (Shackleford) Vandeveer. He came to Texas in 1833, joining Stephen F. Austin's Little Colony at Mina in present day Bastrop County.
He enlisted in Capt. Jesse Billingsley's company on February 28, 1836. Vandeveer, a private, was badly wounded in the battle of San Jacinto and was discharged at Mina on June 1, 1836. His name is inscribed at the San Jacinto Monument.
Ranger, Husband, and Entrepreneur
Logan Vandeveer married Lucinda Mays of Alabama in 1838 or 1839. After his discharge from the army, Vandeveer entered the Texas Rangers and fought Indians throughout the Bastrop area. Receiving tracts of land in what is now Burnet County for his service in the Texas Revolution, he also purchased additional land in the area. In 1849 he secured a contract from the United States government to supply meat and foodstuffs to Fort Croghan and later Fort Mason, fifty miles farther west. The Vandeveers had seven children and are found on the 1850 Census for Travis County with their four surviving daughters. Lucinda died soon after this.
Vandeveer was a leader in presenting the petition to the legislature in 1852 to establish Burnet County and was instrumental in having the town of Burnet named the county seat. He was appointed postmaster at Burnet Texas by Samuel D. Hubbard, US Postmaster General, August, 1852. In 1853 he opened the first Burnet school, known as the Collegiate School, hiring as teacher William H. Dixon, an Oxford University graduate. A number of subjects, including French, Latin, geography, history, philosophy, mathematics, and elocution were taught in the one room school pictured at right.
In 1854 Vandeveer and an associate built the first substantial building in the town; a two story stone building for use as a mercantile building and Masonic Lodge meeting place. It is still in use today for that purpose. A rock house was also built for his family and his father, William, and was located East of Hamilton Creek. His daughter later lived there and the home was continuously occupied for many years. It has since been restored and moved to the grounds of Fort Croghan.
In the summer of 1855, following a severe drought, Vandeveer, his brother Zachary, and three other men took a large herd of cattle to Louisiana. Vandeveer developed yellow fever and died on September 2, 1855, in Plaquemines Parish, where he is buried. His brother Zachary also died of Yellow Fever two days later. His death left a void in the civic leadership of his home state. He had maintained friendly relations with the Comanche Indians in Central Texas. Many depredations occurred afterwards that continued until their final extermination. A section of Burnet known as the Vandeveer addition and a street bear his name.
- Texas Handbook Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/VV/fva18.html
- Texas Treasures - Texan killed and wounded at San Jacinto - Page 1 - Texas State Library
- Vandeveer Papers: Vertical Files Herman Brown Free Library of Burnet County
- Letter to William Vandeveer 1855
1. Texas Handbook Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/VV/fva18.html
2. Texas State Library Archives http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures/republic/san-jacinto/wounded-01.html
3. Vandeveer Papers: Vertical Files Herman Brown Free Library of Burnet County
4. Vandeveer Family History: http://www.mogenweb.org/cooper/Biographical/Logan_Vandiver.pdf
- John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978).
- Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979).
- Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932).
- Adam R. Johnson, The Partisan Rangers of the Confederate Army, ed. William J. Davis (Louisville: George G. Fetter, 1904).
- Marble Falls Highlander newspaper, April 13, 20, 27, 1972. Frank C. Rigler, "Logan Vandeveer, Forgotten Pioneer," Texana 10 (1972).
- Burnet Bulletin newspaper, 1938, "Four Grand Old Men--Our Trail Blazers", Kerr, Vandeveer, Magill and Holland, compiled by Alta Holland Gibbs