It was land purchased from the Oneida and Tuscarora natives. Many of the Oneida remained in the area until about 1812.
That means that a young boy born in 1802 had plenty of time for exposure to these natives.
Then Hornby became "Greene, New York."
Along with the new name came cultural changes, legal changes, technological changes and political changes.
The young boy saw great opportunity in those changes.
He wanted to be part of those changes.
So he set out his course in life.
The young boy became a lawyer and a politician.
But New York State lacked excitement and opportunity.
The new Republic of Texas had both excitement and opportunity.
The young lawyer who had a future in New York decided that he wanted to see where he fit within this new republic.
He fit very well.
Just three years after the Alamo, two years of being the Attorney General for the Republic of Texas, and one year after being appointed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas this young man died of yellow fever.