History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

BISTORY OF TEXAS.

tended to conserve the welfare and advanceinent
of the community in which he lived
and he contributed liberally to public institutions
of all denominations and his benevolence
was as unstinted as it was unostentatious.
He was particularly concerned in the
providing of educational facilities for the
youth of the State, and contributed largely to
the building of the Southwestern University
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at
Georgetown, and the Baptist High School at
Walnut Creek. All public enterprises found
in him a ready friend. He was one of the
Board of Trustees of the State Insane Asylum,
under Governor Lubbock, and simultaneously
served as County Commissioner. He had
ever a responsive recognition of the sufferings
of the fatherless and the widow and was
never known to refuse the extending of a
helping hand. A man cast in the finer mold,
one who dignified humanity and made the
world better for his having lived, there was
in his death a consistent consummation which
can but rob the grave of its victory and death
of its sting.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells had nine children, six
of whom lived to be grown and five of whom
still survive: Amanda, wife of George La
Rue; Sally Boyd died aged seventeen; Julia
Ann died aged four; David 1. and Martin
Thomas died in infancy; Peter C., of Elgin,
Bastrop county, married Katie Walling and
they have five children; George Henry married
Annie Anderson and resides in El Paso,
Texas; J. M.; and Wayinan Thomas.
Mrs. Wells is a lady of strong force of
character and was well fitted by nature and
experience to be a helpmate for a man making
a frontier home. She dispensed hospitality
with a'cheerful hand to friends and
strangers alike, in true Texas style, and in a
way known only to the true Texas frontier

families. She has survived her husband, and
now, at the age of seventy-six, retains in a
remarkable degree the vigor of her youth.
She is a devoted member of the Baptist
Church and interested in all good works.
After a long, active and useful life in
Texas, Mr. Wells was called to his last home,
February 25, 1878, but before his death, he
espoused the cause of Christ and died with a
full conviction that he would be saved and
meet his loved ones in that place which
knows no parting. He was deeply mourned
by his loving family and a large circle of
friends. His wife lost a loving and tender
husband, his children an indulgent father,
and the community a generous, charitable
citizen. He was identified fraternally with
the A. F. & A. M., under whose auspices his
funeral services were conducted.
Si B. PURCELL, a prominent farmer.
and citizen of Williamison county, is a
sonl of Benjamin and Mary (Smalley)
Purcell. The father was born and raised on
the Wabash river, in Indiana, where he was
first married. To that union was born seven
children. The wife and mother died, and
1,revious to that time Mr. Purcell had moved
to near Springfield, Illinois. While there he
was again married, but this wife lived only
a short time. He afterward married the
mother of our subject, and they had ten children,
namely: B. S.. of Lee county, Texas;
S. B., our subject; A. L., who was a member
of Waul's legion, infantry, died of disease in
1863, at Holly Springs, Mississippi, and his
widow, nee Rachel Lennel, now resides in
Medina county, Texas; P. R., of Barnet
county; Sarah, wife of John Bell, of Fayette
county; Daniel E., of Burnet county; Re

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed September 18, 2014.