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Private Thomas Gay

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 26, 1839

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Reflections for Private Thomas Gay

GAY, THOMAS -- On applying for land in Austin's Colonies, Mr. Gay stated that he was born in 1805 and had arrived in Texas from Georgia in May, 1830. He received a league of land in Austin's Second Colony. He was issued Headright Certificate for one labor of land by the Washington County Board, January 15, 1838.

Mr. Gay was a member of Captain Moseley Baker's Company at San Jacinto and on January 19, 1839, was issued Donation Certificate No. 759 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He enlisted July 14, 1836 for six months in Captain Orson Shaw's Company.

In the Court of Claims files in the General Land Office it is shown that Mr. Gay in 1839 was a member of Captain William G. Evan's Company, stationed at the Falls of the Brazos. He and three or his companions while serving under Captain John Bird, were killed in an engagement with Indians on Bird Creek near where the city of Temple, Bell County, now stands, on May 26, 1839. Horatio Chriesman was appointed administrator of his estate in Washington County March 1, 1842. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Eleanor Gay.

Richard E. Helmer, III
Great, Great Grandson

June 24, 2019

Pvt. Gay,
On today, the 180th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Rangers for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 26, 2019

Thank you for your adventurousness in coming to the great State of The Republic of Texas with Stephen F Austin, for your service to the Texas Rangers, and for the ultimate price you paid with you life at the Battle of Bird Creek.

I could not be more proud to be your ancestor and an ancestor of the Republic of Texas.

May all that's been done in securing the life we all know now as our own here in Texas, be understood and appreciated to have been carved out for everyone from the price you and yours have paid by you legendary service to the great State of The Republic of Texas. May you rest in peace and always be remembered and honored for your courageousness, dedication and sacrifice.

D'Anne Wise-Hansen
4th Great Grand Daughter, Sugar Land TX

June 15, 2018

Rest in Peace Rangers. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of the Republic of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Families and ancestors and the men and women who have followed you. I also Pray that the heathens responsible for your murders are now being gnawed on by the hounds of hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 23, 2016

Private Thomas Gay .....
I come to this site nearly everyday now and read about hero's such as your self. I leave a reflection, the same reflection in an attempt to show the same level of gratitude to all fallen Officers. But after reading what is known about you and the other Rangers I was not only deeply hurt by your deaths but sorry that I had never heard about you and the other Rangers before this. I am not from Texas originally (but love this great state and will one day die here) but I would have thought that any one of the schools I had attended would have taught me about you and the other Rangers. You and the other Rangers fought valiantly. I may not have known about you before, I will now never forget about you or the other Rangers that died that day. God Bless. Rest in Peace

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 26, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 26, 2015

Thanks for your service and sacrifice in the fight for Texas Independence. I'm extremely proud to be of your bloodline and to carry on...

God Bless You Ranger Thomas Gay
Your 4th Great Grandson, Donny

ps. Please keep watch on my 6 from above...

Don Gay, Jr.
FBI and 4th Great Grandson

July 7, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 170th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


May 26, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

You are not forgotten. You and your Ranger brothers are my heros.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 22, 2009

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 26, 2008

For your courage and sacrifice we will never forget you. May you and your partners all rest in peace for eternity.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 26, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

September 8, 2006



September 6, 2006

No officer should be without a reflection. Although this is long over due you are now remembered once again all these 170+ years later.

September 6, 2006

RIP. Ranger Gay you are remmbered and we have the watch now. Thank you for your service.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas.

September 5, 2006

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