MICHAEL SESSOM AND THE CEDAR
The story of Michael Sessom, and the murder of his son David has been
passed down for many generations, and has been published in several Texas
genealogy magazines. As to the authenticity of the accounts, it is merely
speculative. To my knowledge, there is no factual evidence to support this
The Sessom family were well known in the San Marcos community of Texas.
David's father, Michael, helped to settle the then blossoming community,
and even helped to establish the first church in San Marcos.
The fate of the Sessom family, however, would not be one of happiness
and contentment. Tension was rising in the east, and the impending Civil
War was at the footsteps of every home in America. We may never know the
true feelings adopted by Michael Sessom and his family, however, as many
of their neighbors sided with the Confederate Indigent States, so too did
they take up the Southern cause.
As with any conflict, however, minds grow suspicious, and friends and
neighbors become distant. After the Confederates had been defeated, dejected
Southerners looked for reasons. Perhaps they needed justification for the
amount of dead and wounded, who after years of battle, seemingly fought for
nothing. At was at this time, that a man by the name of Mayes, put David
Sessom's name forward, accusing him of spying for the Union. David was
subsequently tracked down and killed.
On learning of his son's murder, Michael took up arms and sought out
to kill Mayes. No one knows for certain if he achieved his aim, but shortly
after David's death, Mayes was found dead. His death was attributed to the
Indians, whose activities had been suspect at the time, and Michael Sessom
was never charged with the crime.
It is said that Michael confessed all on this deathbed, however, this
is only the story handed down by Sessom descendants.
David's death left a lasting mark on the Sessom family. He left behind
a young wife, and three young children. Their lives would be forever scarred
by this tradgedy.
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