James Gotcher (Goacher or Gotier)and his family emmigrated to Texas from Alabama between 1825 and 1834. Him and his son are listed in Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families Vol. II in 1834. The family first settled in San Felipe de Austin, then Rabb's Creek in present day Lee County, and finally Pin Oak Creek. James was selected in 1830 to build a road to connect San Felipe and Mina (the present day town of Bastrop). This was known as Goacher or Gotier's Trace. James and two of his sons- Samuel and Nathaniel received land from the Ayuntamiento.
In 1837, most of the family was killed in an Indian attack on their farm. A married daughter, Jane Crawford, her baby, and two small brothers, James Jr. and William Riley, were the only survivors and were taken captive by the Indians. After about two years, they were ransomed by a trading agent on the Red River. Charles Spalding escorted them back to Texas. Jane and Charles were married and raised a large family. They lived on the farm where the raid occurred.
William Riley married Rhoda Hancock at McLennon County in 1855. They lived in Coryell County then moved to Brown County near May Texas. They had five sons. John Harvey, Joel Alexander,Riley Carroll, Samuel Nathaniel, and Charles Lloyd. Charles Lloyd was my husband's great-grandfather.
I need information about the family before they came to Texas. After the raid James' estate was mentioned in the minutes of the Mina Court in the regular term for May 1837 and a special term for May 8, 1837. I can find no settlement of the estate of James, Samuel or Nathaniel. I can not understand why this family is not mentioned among the first settlers of Texas. I also need a list of names of the people buried in the Goacher Cementery in Lee County. I have been told that the cementery is on the farm where the Indian raid occurred. Any help would be greatly appreciated.