Kent family holds reunion

The 2000 Kent family reunion was held Aug. 5 at Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park in Fredericksburg. Andrew Kent and family came to Texas from Missouri in 1829 or 1830. He was one of the “Immortal 32” volunteers who left from Gonzales in 1836 and rode into the Alamo as the only known reinforcements to that fortification after the siege of the Alamo began. He was killed in the battle of the Alamo. Later, Kent County, Texas was named after him. Andrew Kent was the great-great-great-grandfather of Mark Day, Kathy Day Dillon, Claire Day Argo, Kay Day Clark and Sari Day Underwood. One of Andrew Kent’s sons, Bosman Clifton Kent later served in the Texas Mounted Volunteers in the war against Mexico under several Texas Ranger officers, including Capt. Ben McCulloch, who signed an honorable discharge in October 1846. Primary program speakers at the reunion were Chester Wilkes of San Antonio, Luke Kent of Johnson City and Wallace McKeehan of Bellaire. Dr. McKeehan gave a very informative talk about early day Texas under Mexican rule, the desire of the colonists to live under the constitutional concept of 1824 and in particular matters pertaining to the colonists of Green Dewitts’ Colony, to which the Andrew Kent family belonged. Andrew Kent’s original Mexican land grant of approximately 4,400 acres in 1830 was in Dewitt Colony on the Lavaca River approximately 30 miles east of Gonzales. A lunch of turkey sausage, barbecue and all the fixins’ was catered by Inman’s Bar-B-Q of Llano. Over 100 plates were served as well as numerous seconds. Various related family members, Byas, Billings, Zumwalt, Caffall and others attended. Family members with ties to Brady and McCulloch County who attended the reunion were Kent Caffall Day, Betzy and Mark Day, all of Brady; Rachel, Gretchen, Ben and Kathy Day Dillon of San Angelo; Claire Day Argo of Eden; and Kay Day Clark of Voss. A family committee is currently working on plans to hold the 2002 reunion in Gonzales.

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