The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 64
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Lawrence Sullivan Ross, afterward governor, was then keeping a
hotel at the Brazos ferry. She took an interest in the young man.
That interest restored his self-respect and he moved west to begin
life anew as a lawyer in a little western town. He became a prom-
inent man there and was during Sul Ross's administration ap-
pointed attorney general of Texas.
In the winter of 1850, the Pidcockes had gone to Belton in Bell
County, and in the spring of '51 they moved to Cowhouse Creek,
now in Coryell County, then attached to Bell, twenty miles south-
west of Fort Gates and Gatesville. In the middle of that
July Rev. Pidcocke completed his two-year leave of absence from
Wardslow Church by dying. Frontier hardships and exposure had
been too much. His wife died the next day, and was buried with
him in a strange land. Reginald Pidcocke lived until a few years
ago in Waco, leaving a number of descendants who are residents
of that city at the present time.
"Captain" Mackenzie and his wife after the failure of the colony
joined the Pidcockes on the Cowhouse. Mackenzie had never re-
ceived one penny of his salary from the English Universal Immigra-
tion Company. The Comanches burned the Pidcockes out in 1852
and they lost their house and all that they had brought from Eng-
land. The combined families moved to Fort Gates. From there
the Pidcockes returned to their ranch on the Cowhouse, and the
Mackenzies moved to Belton. In the spring of 1854 the ill-starred
lieutenant and his wife went to Austin, where he was employed
on an Austin paper. (Is it true that every adventurous soul lands
at some period or other of his career on a newspaper?)
Their eldest son was born there and died soon afterward. Two
years later a daughter, Claire, was born in Cincinnati, and later
the family moved to England, where Lieutenant Mackenzie served
valiantly in the Crimaean war. He returned to America with his
wife and four children at the outbreak of the Civil War to serve
in the United States army. He joined the Michigan Lancers in
1861 as adjutant and when that was disbanded became a member
of the Fourth Michigan Cavalry at Detroit. There he died later
of wounds and disease, December 7, 1863.
After his death, the widow returned with her children to Eng-
land to make her home with Dr. Henry Gisborne of Allistrie Hall
at Derby. There she died two years after her husband, thirty-five
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