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Obituary of Lyman Franklin Rounds

Fort Smith (Arkansas) Elevator - January 24, 1890 headstone

Sergeant Frank Rounds died recently at Erin Springs, Chicasaw nation, aged 83 years. His service in the Mexican war was vallant and he was rewarded for his gallant conduct in the battle of San Jacinto.

Later on in life he was a recipient of a large and valuable tract of land in the Lone Star State besides a liberal pension as survivor of San Jacinto, which gave him a competince for declining years.

He also distinguished himself in the Mexican war, being a soldier of the regular army. For years he was ordinance sergeant at the post of Fort Smith, a position he held long after the war and some time after the fort was abandoned, and afterwards got a little fortune in Texas. He resided for a number of years with his son Frank jr. in Fort Smith.


Fort Smith (Arkansas) Elevator (copied from the Territorial Topic) - February 7, 1890

Lyman F. Rounds was born August 2, 1807. Immigrated to Texas in the early years of his manhood. Enlisted in Capt. Teal's company, 1st regiment, Texas infantry as first sergeant, Jan. 1, 1836, thus identifying himself with the pioneer dwellers sharing alike their dangers and priviliges, their horrors and victories. He formed a scouting party selected to bring the remains of Gen. Fannin and his men, the martyrs of Mexican treachery, the bloody holocust of Goliad, Texas.

Again in the far famed battle of San Jacinto which forever sundered the chains of tyranny his bravery soon won for him the commission of Second lieutenant and with the broken brand revealed into a victory wrought with patriotic toil, sheathed with his sword and bore from the din of battle full many a scar which is the soldier's badge of honor.

During the Mexican war, Gen. Taylor called for volunteers. Sergeant Rounds was among the first to respond. Shoulder to shoulder with his brother comrades marched to the roll of the drum. Through 35 years of shot and shell he served for his country's glory but now lies lifeless.

In 1849 he went to the Indian Territory and in 1854 married Mrs. A. Carson, a sister-in-law of the famous Kit Carson. During the past 12 years has lived in Erin Springs, Chicasaw nation, much beloved and respected by all who knew him.