ROAD is the well-documented story of one family's
role in American history, from early Virginia
through early Texas during the
period of the Old West. Anthony2
fought with the Virginia militia
in the Revolutionary War and leased land from George Washington. In 1801, at age 68, he moved his family west
Samuel, son of Anthony2,
fought in the War of 1812, participating in the Battle
of the Thames and the Battle of New Orleans, moved to Arkansas
Territory, then to Texas,
arriving in 1832 with his son Albert.
They were members of Robertson's Colony while Texas
was still a part of Mexico
and were among the early Texas Rangers.
Albert fought in most of the battles of the Texas Revolution and survived
many Indian fights, only to be killed by a neighbor. His sons, Sam and Frank, were also Texas
Rangers, protecting the settlers and helping to retrieve several Indian
captives. The brothers were persuaded
to become Confederate soldiers by a lynch mob that threatened to kill them and
their young wives if they did not. After
the Civil War, they were involved in the cattle industry and the trail drives
of the late 1800s.