Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 424 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Horn, Prairie Grove, Jenkins' Ferry, Prairie
de Ann and all the engagements against
General Steele, ever acting the part of a
brave soldier and officer. At the battle
Mark's Mill he had two horses killed under
After the close of the war Colonel Williams
went with a number of prominent officers and
400 or 500 private soldiers to Mexico, going
through in battle line to the city of Monterey.
After remaining there three months, the
Colonel returned to the United States and
joined his family (wife and three children) in
Illinois, from whence he went to Arkansas
and located in Chico county. There he was
engaged in cotton planting one year. From
there he went to Jefferson county, that State,
and continued the same business three years;
thence to Desha county, near the month of
the Arkansas river, where he bought a cotton
plantation and also conducted a mercantile
business, remaining there till 1876. That
year he met with misfortune, caused by the
overflow of the river, and moved to Texas.
Here, he located in Dallas, and has since been
actively engaged in the practice of law. He
was elected County Attorney in 1888, reelected
in 1890, and is now closing his second
term in a most satisfactory manner. His
office is in the new courthouse, one of the
finest buildings in the State. The Colonel is
well known as a good citizen and an efficient
officer, and his duties and able services are a
part of the county's history.
He was married February 24, 1859, to
Louisa Wynn, a member of a prominent
Virginia family residing in Tazewell county.
By her he had four children, viz.: Samuel, of
Bonham, Texas, married Josie Williams, by
whom he has two children, Harry and Lucile,
and at this writing is employed as a commercial
traveler; Edward G., of Dallas, is his
father's assistant in the practice of law; Mary
is the wife of Joseph Scott, a produce dealer,
Gallatin, Missouri; and William M., who
died in infancy. The mother died of cholera,
near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1866, her
youngest child dying of the same disease a
few days later. Her death occurred when
she was thirty years of age. She was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, and was a most devoted Christian
woman. On both sides her ancestry represented
people of excellent character, high
social influence and great personal worth.
In her the truest and purest type of the affectionate
daughter, the loving wife and the
fond mother were united. Her memory is
sanctified by a love as tender as it was sweet.
Colonel Williams is a member of the Elks
and has been associated with the Masons and
HOMAS L. MARSALIS, a resident of
Dallas, and one of the most enterprising
and public-spirited men in the
Southwest, has accomplished wonders in developing
the resources and promoting the
interests of this section of Texas, especially
.of Dallas. He has succeeded where thousands
would have failed. The following facts
(while we regret that they must be so brief)
will serve to show something of his ability,
his persistence, and the stupendous results he
Thomas L. Marsalis was born in Mississippi,
October 4, 1852. His parents, descendants
of Holland ancestry, were Pennsylvanians and
Quakers. They went from Pennsylvania to
Mississippi at an early day, and when Thomas
L. was a year old they moved to Louisiana.
In that State young Marsalis spent his boyhood
days. In 1871, at the age of nineteen,
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/424/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.