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John Christopher Witt

 

Basic Information

Name
John Christopher Witt
Birth
8 Feb 1854
Henry County, Tennessee, United States
Death
22 Jun 1924
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States
Time In Service
From: 18 Dec 1875
To: 31 May 1879

Affiliation

Allegiance
State of Texas
Branch of Service
Texas Rangers, Frontier Battalion
Rank
Private
Unit(s)
Frontier Battalion Company D
Specialty
Not Specified
Current Status
Not Specified

Service Record

War
Indian Insurrection
Battle(s)
Not Specified

Honors & Awards

Award(s)
Not Specified

Witt, John Christopher Sr ca 1920

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Larry Van Horn added this on 18 Oct 2007

Texas Range Badge ca 1889

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Larry Van Horn added this on 31 May 2010

He didn't have a Ranger badge, just a piece of paper

Grandpa John C. Witt probably didn't have a Texas Ranger badge issued to him. According to a Ranger history piece posted on the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum:

"When the Frontier Battalion and Special Force were formed in 1874, it was difficult for Texas Rangers to establish their authority. The State of Texas Adjutant General's Office began issuing Warrants of Authority -- impressive paper documents kept folded in their pockets -- to officers but not to enlisted men. This practice continued, in one form or another, until 1935 when badges and credentials were specified for all Texas Rangers."

But we do have his service record and pension papers that document his service in the Texas Ranger Frontier Battalion, Company D.

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Larry Van Horn added this on 31 May 2010

Texas Ranger Warrant Sample 1874

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Larry Van Horn added this on 31 May 2010

Texas Ranger Record - Witt John C-17

Letter from the Adjutant General of the State of Texas to the Comissioner of Pensions documenting the service of J.C. Witt in the Texas Rangers Frontier Battalion, Company D.
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Larry Van Horn added this on 31 May 2010