Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 486 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Buck Holmes, born August 31, 1859, died
August 1, 1860; and Jesse B., born December
14, 1862, lives in Kaufman county,
Politically Mr. Williams affiliates with the
Democratic party. During the war he served
eight months in Colonel Nat. M. Bufford's
regiment, being discharged on account of ill
health. He was twice elected to the position
of Assessor and Tax Collector of Dallas
county, to which office he was appointed
during the war by the Comptroller of State.
When he was elected to that office the county
was in debt, and county scrip was worth only
50 cents on the dollar, but during the four
years he served as Collector the county liquidated
all debts and built a $4,000 courthouse,
besides having a surplus in the treasury.
This of itself is sufficient encomium upon the
fidelity and integrity of the subject of our
sketch, had he never done anything else
worthy of esteem. Mr. Williams also took
the first scholastic census of his county,
which was ably done.
His unswerving fidelity and unfaltering
integrity are matters of comment in this day
of uncertainty, while his uniformly cordial
and courteous manner have only served to
adorn his more rugged qualities and endear
him to the community at large, and enlist for
him the affectionate regard of his family and
a host of personal friends. It would seem
that he had earned all happiness and that
misfortune and death would lay their hand
gently on him; but such is the mutability of
hutnan affairs that the great and good suffer
alike with the ignoble and poor.
The subject of this sketch, Thomas C.
Williams, is the only survivor of the seven
brothers-in-law who married sisters, daughters
of William and Alcy Hughes, in Tennessee,
and who emigrated to Dallas county,
Texas, in an early day in the order in which
they are named, to wit: William Mi. Cochran,
Isaac 1B. Webb, Thomas C. Williams,
0. W. Knight, John B. Bachman, George
W. Record and Levi R. Dennis,-all of whom
were prominent members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South, two of whom
were ministers of the gospel, to wit: John
B. Bachman and Levi R. Dennis. All of the
above named were leading citizens of Dallas
county in their day, none of them ever having
been arraigned in the courts or charged with
any dishonorable act. In fact, the characters
of all seven were above reproach and worthy
On September 28, 1887, Mr. Williamshad
the misfortune to lose his son, Thomas J.,
aged thirty-seven years, who died at Eureka
Springs, Arkansas. He was a young man of
great promise and much beloved, as is shown
by the resolutions of respect, and an article
"In Memoriam," which we subjoin:
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT.
To the Worshipful Afaster, Wardens and
Brethren of Wichita Lodge, No. 635,
A. F. and as
we desire to give expression to the confidence
and love with which we cherish his memory;
therefore be it resolved,
First, That in the death of Thomas J.
Williams the community has lost one of its
most trusted and useful citizens, society one
of its purest and best members. Masonry
one of its most faithful supporters, who by
his daily walk and conversation constantly
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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/m1/486/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.