OCHILTREE, WILLIAM BECK
(1811-1867). William Beck Ochiltree, pioneer settler, judge, and legislator, was born on
October 18, 1811, at Fayetteville, North Carolina. The family lived for a time in Florida
and after 1820 in Alabama, where Ochiltree began practicing law. In 1839 he moved to
Nacogdoches, Texas, and continued the practice of law. During the Republic of Texas era he
was judge of the Fifth Judicial District, secretary of the treasury in 1844, adjutant
general in 1845, and delegate to the Convention of 1845. After annexationqv he was a
representative in the Sixth Legislature in 1855 and delegate to the Secession Convention
in 1861. He was elected to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States but resigned
after a short time to return to Texas and raise a regiment. Ill health forced him to
resign in 1863. He subsequently lived at Jefferson until his death on December 27, 1867.
The community and county of Ochiltree were named in his honor.