The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 62
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62 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
It was Governor Duval who came to settle in Bardstown, Ken-
tucky. All his family, with a like spirit, made further migrations
westward. Nearly all died in Texas. Of his sons, John Crittenden
Duval is the. subject of this sketch; Burr H. Duval was one of the
victims at Goliad; his last letter to his father, dated March 9th,
1836, at that place, is for the first time made public in this paper;
Thomas H. Duval, another son, was for a quarter of a century or
more United States District Judge for the Western District of
Texas; he had, besides, five daughters, Mrs. Laura Randolph of
Florida, Mrs. Mary Hopkins of Fort Worth, Mrs. Florida G. How-
ard, Mrs. Marcia Paschal (whose husband was the author of the fa-
mous "Paschal's Texas Digests"), and Mrs. Elizabeth Beall.
Thomas H. Duval married his cousin, Laura Duval, and they had
five children: John, who died early; Mollie, Mrs. John W. Maddox;
Florence, who married the late Judge C. S. West of the Supreme
Court; Nancy, who married Captain C. S. Roberts, U. S. A.; and
Burr Grayson Duval, who after an active life as merchant and
banker, a staff captain in the Confederate Army, and clerk in the
United States District Court, died very highly esteemed at San An-
tonio, April 13th, 1893, leaving a widow and one daughter, Miss
Kate Duval. The three sons of Judge West survive: Robert Green,
Duval, and William Steele West. John C. Duval, therefore, dying
unmarried, was the last male heir of this, the elder branch of the
I shall in this paper lay stress on the personal characteristics and
qualities of this man. It is fit that they should be recorded for the
credit of Texas and the good of her younger sons.
Courage, modesty, courtesy, kindliness and disinterestedness are
virtues he possessed in a generous measure. Our day is not so over-
rich in some of them that we can afford to bury with the dead the
memory of their fine interpretation by just men. One of the best
uses of recorded history is to make us patriots, and to teach us and
posterity to live more worthily and with fewer mistakes as indi-
viduals and as a nation. It is therefore the part of writers not
merely to collect and speculate upon the dry bones of accom-
plished facts, but to remember the kind of flesh, blood, and soul
that was their mainspring, and if these can be shown to be of a
high order, such history will not fail to produce what it should,
"the tonic of a wholesome pride."
When his father was made Governor of Florida, John Duval
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