The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 210
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Thus Samuel May Williams was the father of Texas banking,
and the Commercial and Agricultural Bank, functioning from
1847 to 1859, was the only bank of issue in the state of Texas
prior to the close of the Civil War.0o
After a short illness Samuel May Williams died at his home in
Galveston on September 13, i858. His physician, Dr. Charles
Trueheart, had diagnosed the case as "assuming the features of
no disease in particular, but seeming rather to be a general de-
bility-a giving way mentally and physically."'7 Although Wil-
liams had been a supporter of the Trinity Episcopal Church in
Galveston," he also had been an ardent Mason and Knight Tem-
plar, one of the founders of the order in Texas, and had made the
principles of Free Masonry the religion by which he had lived.9
His wife, Sarah, who, in later years, had suffered from a serious
affliction of the eyes which had resulted in blindness, died on
August 31, 1860. Both are buried in the Episcopal cemetery in
Galveston, and although the original markers for the graves have
been lost, both are identified by a state monument.
DoCarlson, Banking History of Texas, 2o.
T9Charles W. Trueheart to William H. Williams, September io, 1858 (MS. in
osTrinity Church, Dr. to Col. S. M. Williams, for rent on pew 93, $18.75, received
payment, S. M. Hitchcock, Treasurer, Galveston, November 2, 1857 (MS. in Wil-
ooHistory of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of ... Galveston ...,
329; Hayes, Island and City of Galveston (MS.), 830; "Samuel May Williams,
Texas Patriot and Pioneer Business Man ...," Galveston Tribune, June 30, 1928.
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