Dr. William Renshaw 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 Renshaws 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.

Photo of William Renshaw, Sarah Renshaw, Lute Renshaw, and Herbert Druitt black plaque
Trevor Huxham on Flickr
Photo of William Renshaw, Sarah Renshaw, Lute Renshaw, and Herbert Druitt black plaque
Nicolas Henderson from Coppell, Texas on Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Route 380 & Decatur County Road 2311, Decatur, TX
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by Texas Historical Commission in 1977 Part of the Texas Historical Marker series

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