Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 2, May, 1998 Page: 77
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The Angus McNeill Family
Fusiliers, a part of the Texas Volunteer Guards."16 Mary, the oldest daughter, had married
J. E. Brigham on October 2, 1883,"' and on June 19, 1886, she and her husband called
for a final account from Murray in order to partition the estate among the children.
Murray was released as administrator on October 9, 1886,"' and the homestead was
divided among the four children with each receiving 107.18 acres.
Mary McNeill Brigham continued to live in Colorado County. She and
her husband had four children: Mary Naomi (Oma), born in June 1887; Joe, born in May
1892; Belle, born in May 1895; and Harry, born in June 1899.19 Oma went to Bay City
to teach, and there married W. E. Devant in 1910.120 The Devant family remained in
Matagorda County. Joe and Harry moved away from Colurribus, living for a time in
Houston. Belle also became a teacher and remained in Columbus to teach. In February
1930, Mary McNeill Brigham and Belle Brigham, along with Etta McCormick, were in
an automobile accident at Sugarland. Mary Brigham died on that Friday night in Sugarland,
and Belle, who was taken to Hermann Hospital in Houston, died the following Monday.
They were buried in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus after a double funeral at
the Methodist Church.'2'
Belle McNeill, the second child of Henry C. and Margaret McNeill,
married John Edwin Lamkin of Gonzales County. They had three children: John L.,
Mayme, and Thomas Marion (who died in infancy). Although John and Mayme lived to
be adults and married, they had no children. Belle McNeill Lamkin died on July 15, 1934
and was buried, like the rest of her family, in the Masonic Cemetery in Harwood, Texas.122
Angus McNeill, the older son, became a contractor in road construction.
When he became ill in the 1920s, he moved to Gonzales County to live with his sister,
Belle Lamkin. He died at her home in Ottine on June 11, 1926 and was buried at the
Harwood City Cemetery. He was described in his obituary as one of "a quiet and retiring
disposition . . . generous to a fault and a friend to all mankind."'23
116 Military Rolls, Company E, Third Regiment, Texas Volunteer Guards, Adjutant General Record
Group 401, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission,
117 Marriage Records of Colorado County, Texas, Book F, p. 322.
118 Probate Records of Colorado County, Texas, Minute Book H, p. 511.
119 Twelfth Census of the United States (1900) Colorado County, Texas, Schedule 1, Enumeration
District 25, p. 7.
120 Marriage Records of Matagorda County, Texas, Book D, p. 232.
121 Twelfth Census of the United States (1900) Colorado County, Texas, Schedule 1, Enumeration
District 25, p. 7.; Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 1930.
122 Tombstone inscriptions, Harwood Masonic Cemetery, Harwood, Texas; Gonzales Inquirer,
July 18, 1934.
123 Gonzales Inquirer, June 16, 1926.
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