Dr. William Renshaw

Dr. William Renshaw (HM21TP)

Location: Decatur, TX 76234 Wise County
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N 33° 14.707', W 97° 29.998'

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Born in Illinois, William Renshaw studied medicine and set up practice in Sparta, Tennessee. His wife Sarah received from the Mexican government a grant of land in Texas, where her father Samuel Worthington lost his life in a colonization attempt in 1828. Dr. Renshaw traveled to Texas in 1853 to locate this headright, which encompassed many acres of Wise County north of this marker site. Dr. Renshaw returned to Sparta and served two terms in the Tennessee Legislature before moving his family to Texas in 1859. The first doctor to settle permanently in Wise County, Dr. Renshaw was often away from home for long periods, with a practice extending from Denton to Jacksboro. The Renshaw's organized one of the county's earliest schools, taught by J. D. White, for their own and neighbor children. After the Civil War, the family moved to Decatur, where Dr. Renshaw and his son Lute opened a drugstore. They were devout Baptists and supported Decatur Baptist College. Dr. Renshaw died in 1887 and was buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur. As his 10 children married, each received a portion of the Worthington survey. Two family members still own part of the property. A number of descendants became doctors. (1977)
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HM NumberHM21TP
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Year Placed1977
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 639744 N 3679464
Decimal Degrees33.24511667, -97.49996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.707', W 97° 29.998'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 42.42" N, 97° 29' 59.88" W
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Area Code(s)940, 817
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3598 US-380, Decatur TX 76234, US
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