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Texas.38 At least one ex-partner, Bushrod Jenkins, was not yet through with him. On
December 22, 1840, a grand jury, on which Jenkins served as foreman, returned an
indictment against Angus McNeill for the murder of Mathew Gladden more than three
years earlier. According to the indictment, McNeill "with malice aforethought . . . did
strike and thrash, giving to him the said Mathew Gladden then and there with the knife
... upon the said belly of him the said Mathew Gladden one mortal wound of the breath
of twelve inches and of the depth of ten inches." Gladden "did languish and languishing
did live on" until "about the hour of ten o'clock in the morning." The indictment further
declared that Angus McNeill "not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved
and seduced by the instigation of the Devil" did "wilfully and of his malice aforethought
... kill and murder contrary to the form of the statute of the State of Louisiana" the said
Gladden.39 By the time the indictment for murder was returned, McNeill was in the Re-
public of Texas.
On December 1, 1840, Henry C. McNeill had given his place of resi-
dence on as Colorado County, Texas when he gave S. M. E. Bellknap of Caddo County,
Louisiana, his power of attorney to handle all of his affairs in Shreveport and Caddo
County where he, too, had had extensive holdings.40 The first land purchased by Angus
and Henry C. McNeill in Colorado County was 1000 acres from Gustavus E. Edwards in
the Alexander Jackson Survey in what is now Wharton County in November 1841.41
Henry McNeill apparently built a home on this property. It was not until 1844 that Angus
McNeill bought the land in Colorado County on which he was to spend the rest of his
life-the James Ross Survey, located near what came to be known as Matthews, Texas.
He bought the land from James Talbot Ross and the minor heirs of James Ross through
their guardian Jesse Burnam.42 It seems that he did not immediately settle on this property,
for in 1845 Mary Maverick reported in her memoirs that when the Maverick family, then
living in Fayette County, started their move to Matagorda County, they spent a night with
Angus' wife, Rebecca Jane McNeill, a distant cousin, at her home near La Grange.43 And
in Fayette County, on May 20, 1844, Angus McNeill made Samuel Ward of New York
his "true and lawful attorney to sell, hypothecate, or in any other manner dispose of" the
James Ross Survey in Colorado County.44
38 Henrici, "A Speculator's Dream," p. 45.
39 District Court Records of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Criminal Cause File No. 19: State of Loui-
siana v. Angus McNeill.
40 Deed Records of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Book A, p. 552. 41 Deed Records of Colorado
County, Texas, Book D, p. 14, Book E, pp. 152-154.
42 Deed Records of Colorado County, Texas, Book E, pp. 88, 313, 315.
43 Mary A. Maverick, Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick (Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska
Press, 1989), p. 80.
44 Deed Records of Fayette County, Texas, Book C, pp. 366-367.
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