Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 2, May, 1998 Page: 73
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The Angus McNeill Family
chill. He was praised for his service to Texas and the Confederacy and for being a com-
passionate and noble individual who could not replaced. According to Murray, Anderson
was buried by the side of the lake ". . . adjacent to the graves of the Confederate soldiers
who died while encamped there during the war."'0'
The two surviving children of Angus McNeill continued the struggle to
make the plantation on the James Ross Survey profitable. The elder McNeill become less
and less concerned with the plantation. Mary Anderson moved closer to Eagle Lake,
locating on land about a mile from the town for her homestead. She continued to be a
forceful personality in the county. In 1875, the Women's Executive Centennial Commit-
tee selected her and Fannie Amelia Dickson Baker Darden to hold tea parties in Colorado
County on June 17 to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.102
Though Angus McNeill took a less active role in life in the post-war
years, he certainly did not become a recluse. In 1871, he and Joseph Worthington Elliott
Wallace were asked by Richard V. Cook, an attorney representing the defendents, to give
depositions in the lawsuit styled M A. Veramendi, et al. vs. W J. Hutchins, et al. Cook
requested depositions because he knew the two men would be unable to attend court
because of their old age. The case, which involved the James Bowie Survey in Colorado
County, was an important one, affecting many individuals in the Oakland area. The rela-
tives of Ursula Veramendi Bowie, wife of Jim Bowie, were attempting to gain one-half of
the league as her community property. The deposition by Angus McNeill, signed on
September 9, 1871, may not have been a crucial part of the trial, which went twice to the
Texas Supreme Court before being settled in 1882, but it did give information about his
early life in Texas and did identify Bowie as a debtor to Dr. William Richardson who had
bought the land from Bowie. Bowie was described by McNeill as an "intimate and confi-
dential" acquaintance from 1826 to Bowie's death in 1836. Bowie himself had told McNeill
of his marriage to Miss Veramendi in the early 1830s and of the death of his wife and
child. McNeill described Bowie as "a careless man in his pecuniary matters" and
"Richardson's debtor." McNeill's knowledge of the land transaction between Bowie and
Richardson, he declared, came from Richardson himself, and he also knew that Richardson
had come to Texas with about $80,000 "advanced to him by friends in Mississippi to
invest in lands."'03 The defendants eventually won the case in 1882.'04
101 Houston Daily Times, September 29, 1868. Possibly this was the beginning of Lakeside Cem-
etery, but there are no known stones or markers for the soldiers or for Thomas Scott Anderson.
102 Dallas Herald Weekly, May 29, 1875.
103 District Court Records of Colorado County, Texas, Civil Cause File No. 2111: M. A. Veramendi
et al. v. W J Hutchins et al.
104 Alexander Watkins Terrell, comp., Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of the
State of Texas [Texas Reports] (St. Louis: The Gilbert Book Company, 1882), vol. 56, pp. 414-422.
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