Decimus et Ultimus Barziza
Fitzhugh, and was at a loss as to what to christen his latest.
"How many had you already?" his friend is reported to have asked.
"Nine." "Is this a boy or a girl?" "Boy."
"Then, damn it all, Barziza, name him Decimus et Ultimus,
and make it so!" the friend exploded. '
The youngster was christened, and became, the "Tenth and
Last" Barziza of his generation.
Ignatius managed to send all of his sons who reached maturity
to the local College of William and Mary. An older son, Francis
Louis, graduated with a law degree in 1843, and promptly moved
to Texas to seek his fortune." He set up at the then growing
town of Wheelock, in Robertson County, and became a widely
known and respected attorney." (He changed his name, of course,
The younger brothers, William Lee, Phillip Ignatius, Jr., and
Decimus et Ultimus, followed F. L. Barziza to Texas. The first
two, after a brief stay at Wheelock, moved to Chambers County,
where they became successful planters."
When Decimus et Ultimus arrived in Texas in 1857, he had
just received his Bachelor of Arts degree from William and Mary.
His older brothers sent him to Independence, where he enrolled
at Baylor University, and in 1859 took his law degree." He began
his practice at the new Robertson County seat of Owensville, five
miles north of the present town of Franklin."
Two years later, when the Civil War drums began to roll,
Decimus et Ultimus Barziza volunteered. He was commissioned
a first lieutenant of the 4th Texas Infantry, C.S.A., in what later
'"History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston
and Galveston, 348.
'6Dallas Herald, July lo, 1858, listed F. L. Barziza of Wheelock as "V Em."
among officers of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, of Texas for the en-
suing year. Ibid., February 2, 1859, reported F. L. Barziza as "One of several gentle-
men being urged for appointment as Reporter for the Supreme Court of Texas."
17Ibid. spoke of him as "our old friend, Frank Barziza."
'History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston
and Galveston, 348.
20Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas (New York, 188o), 186.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed April 24, 2014.