The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937

Southwestern Htistorical Quarterly

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
The History of Bell County. By George W. Tyler. Edited by
Charles W. Ramsdell. (San Antonio: The Naylor Com-
pany, 1936. Pp. xxiii, 425, with maps and illustrations.)
The late Judge Tyler, whose parents were residents of Nashville,
in Robertson's Colony, and first settlers of Bell County territory,
has contributed a valuable chapter in the social and economic his-
tory of Texas. Judge Tyler was born near Gatesville in 1851,
spent his childhood there and in Belton, and moved with his parents
to Salado in 1864, where he was graduated from Salado College
in 1871. Born of pioneers and acquainted with numerous early
settlers and their descendants, Judge Tyler's interest in his com-
munity ripened with the years and he began gathering materials
for a history of Bell County. He retired from the practice of law
in 1912 to devote more time to his history but never finished the
task. At the time of his death at his home in Belton in 1927,
some of this writing was still in the form of rough notes. The
editor, Professor Charles W. Ramsdell, revised and condensed the
manuscripts and in several instances completed the narrative.
In some respects Professor Ramsdell has followed the conven-
tional treatment in his editing. The introductory pages contain
a memoir of the author by James B. Hubbard, the author's preface
and his sketch of the topography and flora and fauna of Bell
County. The economic and social development of the county, sea-
soned adequately with the political, is blended into a coherent
story, beginning with the colonial grants and continuing down to
about 1923.
The book is divided into three parts. The first, "Robertson's
Colony and Early Milam County, 1827-1850," contains six chap-
ters devoted to the Nashville or Robertson Colony, the first settle-
ments along Little River, the Texas Revolution and Indian trou-
bles, troubles with Indians on Little River and in upper Milam
County from 1837-1843, advance of the Milam County frontier,
1843-1850, and the residents of Bell County in 1850. The organi-
zation of the county, its early growth, Indian raids, and the r61e
of Bell County in the Civil War and reconstruction constitutes
the subject matter of the second part, "The Frontier County,"
which is divided into six chapters treating of the creation and
organization of Bell County, 1850, the early county records, ten

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