Major William P. Doran

Male 1836 - 1901  (65 years)


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  • Name William P. Doran  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Title Major 
    Born 3 May 1836  Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Nov 1901  Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7
    Buried 27 Nov 1901  Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    • Hempstead Cemetery
    Person ID I7619  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 

    Family Sarah Matilda Lincecum,   b. Between 1833 and 1850, Columbus, Lowndes, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1919, Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1865  Washington, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Children 
     1. Clyde Bryan Doran,   b. Abt May 1870, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1931, Waller, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)  [natural]
     2. Willard Richardson Doran,   b. Between 1868 and 1869, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1921  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
     3. Frank Lincecum Doran,   b. Abt May 1873, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1940, Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 May 1836 - Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Dec 1865 - Washington, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Nov 1901 - Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Nov 1901 - Hempstead, Waller, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • - According to the 1880 Washington County, Texas Federal census, William's mother was born in Michigan. His father was born in New York.

      - According to the 1900 Waller County, Texas Federal census, William's parents were both born in Ireland.

      - Galveston Daily News (Texas) 26-27 November 1901
      Hempstead, Waller County, Nov. 26 -- Major W. P. Doran died this afternoon at 2:52 o'clock. He had not been in good health for some time, but was confined to his bed for about 2 weeks. He was a man above reproach and had the confidence of all who knew him, and his death will be universally regretted by all who had the food fortune to know him. His friends were legion. His death has cast a pall of gloom over the city. Interment will take place tomorrow.

      MAJOR DORAN -- Brenham, TX, Nov. 26 -- Major W. P. Doran had many friends in Benham who sorrowed on reading the announcement of his death at his home in Hempstead yesterday. Major Doran married a daughter of Dr. Gideon Linsicum, a Texas pioneer and prominent physician, who lived for a great number of years in Long Point. Doran was elected City Marshal of Brenham in 1880, served for 2 terms, and is remembered as a most efficient officer. Major Doran achieved distinction during the Civil War as war correspondent of The Galveston News over the nom de plume of "Sioux". After the war, while living in this city, he continued to act as correspondent for The News, and after his removal to Hempstead, was a contributor to its columns over his real name. A few weeks before his death, Major Doran stated to the correspondent that his connection with The News as correspondent antedated that of any living man. Several members of Washington Camp 239, United Confederate Veterans, went to Hempstead this evening to attend the funeral.

      - Galveston Daily News (Texas) 1 December 1901
      SIOUX: Sketch of Wm. P. Doran, the veteran newspaper correspondent -- his experience as a newspaper correspondent -- later written on his 35th anniversary as a member of the Galveston News family.

      ...He was born in Rochester, N.Y. on March 3, 1838 and migrated westward in 1853, and was located in Chicago for a short time. He went to Kansas about the close of the "free state" excitement, and then drove 6 yokes of oxen for a government contractor, who was engaged in supplying the United States military forts with supplies. He made a trip from Leavenworth, Kansas to Fort Laramie, now in Wyoming, and battled with the Cheyennes, Sioux, and Pawnee Indians in defense of his teams, which consisted of 26 wagons. He came to Texas in 1857, which has since been his home; he settled first in Harris County.

      At the commencement of the [Civil] war, he enlisted as a private in Capt. William Christian company, 2nd Texas Infantry Regiment, commanded by Col. Ashbel Smith. He went with his regiment across the Mississippi River, and was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, while making the famous flanking movement that resulted in the capture of Federal Major Gen. Prentiss and his division of 4,000 men.

      Mr. Doran published papers in several Texas towns, and bore the distinction of being the first special state editor in Texas, which was on the staff of the Houston Telegraph. In 1880 he was Marshal of Brenham, Texas for 4 years. For the past 15 years he has lived with his sons in comfortable circumstances. He was married to Miss Sallie M. Linsicum of Long Point, Washington County, on the 10th day of Dec. 1865. Three sons all grown, W. R., C. B., and Frank, survive him. He joined The News family as a regular correspondent in 1861, and continued as such until a few years ago. His [Civil] war "nom de plume" was "Sioux"...He became a Confederate scout and war correspondent. He was a well-read man and could converse on almost any topic. He was always a Democrat and always voted a straight ticket except once, when he voted for [William] McKinley [for president].

      - According to the 1940 death certificate of William's son Frank, William was born in Canada.

      - From Lois Burkhalter's Biography of Gideon Lincecum:
      "Gideon's youngest daughter, Sarah Matilda, always called Sallie, was married to William P. Doran, a telegrapher and newspaper man, on December 10, 1865...Again the bridegroom was one of Gideon's friends. It was Doran who was responsible for the publication of many articles and letters by Gideon in Houston and Galveston papers.

      Doran, known as "Sioux" because of a by-line he used for forty-one years as a writer for Texas newspapers, was born in Rochester, New York, May 3, 1836...He was with the Houston Telegraph at the beginning of the Civil War; he enlisted as a private in John P. Austin's company of the Rio Grande in March, 1861; he was honorably discharged at Fort Brown from William Christian's Company A, 2nd Regiment, Texas Volunteers, because of defective hearing. Despite this handicap Doran became a war correspondent for the Telegraph...He died on November 25, 1901, and Sallie Doran died on April 11, 1919. They had three sons -- Willard Richardson, Clyde Bryan, and Frank Lincecum Doran."

  • Sources 
    1. [S222] Lineages, Inc., comp. GENE POOL INDIVIDUAL RECORDS. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000.

    2. [S570] McKay, Jr., FindAGrave, Image online of tombstone for W. P. Doran in Hempstead Cemetery at Waller County, Texas. FindAGrave memorial #55667125.

    3. [S821] Burkhalter, Lois Wood, Gideon Lincecum, 1793 - 1874.

    4. [S1043] 1900 Census of United States, Texas, Waller, Precint No. One, population Schedule; Online Images, E. D. No. 46, sheet no. 4B, dwelling & family 79, Wm P. Doran household, accessed 22 April 2017.
      Includes wife Sallie; and sons Clyde B. and Frank

    5. [S1045] 1870 Census of United States, Texas, Washington, Precint No. 3, Brenham Post Office, population Schedule; Online Images, Dwelling & Family 355, William P. Doran household, accessed 22 April 2017.
      Includes wife Sarah L.; and sons Willard R. and Clyde

    6. [S567] Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas (online archive), Sioux: Sketch of Wm. P. Doran, the Veteran News Correspondent, 1 December 1901, Accessed 25 February 2007.

    7. [S569] Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas (online archive), "Major Doran", 27 November 1901, accessed 2 April 2004, name of interest: Major W. P. Doran.