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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Murray was still a minor when the homestead was partitioned, and Joseph
Jefferson Mansfield became his guardian until he reached his majority. The land was
mortgaged and then sold to John and Haynie Matthews for $1500 on April 6, 1889. Two
hundred and fifty dollars of this sum was to be used for Murray's schooling in San
Antonio, Texas.24 Murray eventually became a civil engineer who worked with George
Goettals in the building of the Panama Canal. In the 1920s, he settled in Houston, making
occasional visits to Columbus and Eagle Lake with his wife. He died in Houston on
January 23, 1928 and was buried in the Harwood City Cemetery beside his brother,
Today there are few known artifacts in Colorado County or anywhere
else of the Angus McNeill fainily. However, there are court records, church records,
military records, newspapers, government documents, and even some memoirs and let-
ters that contribute to the picture of this remarkable family and especially to the picture of
the dynamic and colorful individual named Angus McNeill.
124 Deed Records of Colorado County, Texas, Book 7, pp. 146-147. The other three children of
Henry C. McNeill also sold their parts of the homestead to John and Haynie Matthews.
125 Colorado County Citizen, January 26, 1928; 1928 Houston City Directory (Houston: Morrison
& Fourmy Directory Company, 1928), vol. 34, p. 1278; Houston Post-Dispatch, January 24, 1928; Gonzales
Inquirer, January 26, 1928; Eagle Lake Headlight, June 20, 1925.
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