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834 HISTORY OF TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
a few years afterward to Limestone county,
Wlabalwa. His father, Colonel T. P. Washington,
was born in Virginia, but reared to
manhood in Alabama, where he was married
September 29, 1836, to Miss Elizabeth Tate
Harris. In 1845 they located on a large
plantation on the south bank of the Colorado,
twelve miles from Austin, in Travis county,
Texas. After the close of the war the Colonel
found it such a task in his old age to
conduct a plantation with free labor, he concluded
to move to the city, and in August,
1860, came to Austin, where he died March
18, 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Washington had
ten children, viz.: Frances Harris, now Mrs.
John M. Costley, of Austin; Mildred Pratt,
wife of Winter Goodloe, also of this city;
John Henry, of Manor, Texas; Amelia married
Robert Miller, and both are deceased;
Isabella Texanna married Julius Oatman,
and both are also now deceased, leaving one
child, Harry, who lives with his grandmother;
GeorgeW., of Clarendon, Texas; Maria Teresa,
wife of E. P. Norwood, of Garfield, this State;
Stark and Thomas Pratt, also of that city; and
Lizzie, deceased at the age of twelve years.
Colonel Washington was a man of great
strength of character, and of wide influence.
A Democrat in politics, a Mason of the highest
rank, a Knight Templar, and a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church; his loss
was mourned by a large circle of friends.
The following is taken from a newspaper
account of his death and burial:
" He was esteemed and respected by all
who knew him; modest in demeanor, but
brave and generous; and liberal, upright and
truthful in all his dealings of a pecuniary
character. He died a Christian in faith and
practice, and like a patriarch of oldi was surrounded
by his large family of children and
grandchildren. He was attended to his last
resting place by a large concourse of mourning
friends, and, being a Mason of long standing
and high rank, was buried with the
formalities due him as a Master Mason, and
the solemn and impressive ceremonies of the
order of Knights Templar." The latter
organization took action as follows:
"6 At a conclave of Colorado Commandery,
No. 4, Knights Templar, held March 20,
1873, the following Sir Knights were appointed
a committee to draft resolutions of respect
to the memory of Sir Knight T. P.
Washington, deceased: J. W. Hanning, J.
W. Stalmaker and B. A. Rogers. On motion
the Eminent Commander was added to the
committee. The following are the resolu- '
("Again has an alarm sounded at the
door of our asylum. Again has entrance
been demanded by one whose approach
the Warder might in vain summon the Sentinels
to resist. Sir Knight Washington has
been taken from our number, our ranks are
broken, another sword, sworn to defend the
right, has been forever sheathed. Descended
from a noble stock, and a worthy son of the
Old Dominion, Colonel Washington has lived
for many years in his adopted State, and attained
a ripe old age in the enjoyment of an
unspotted reputation as a pure and good man.
In his death our community has lost one of
its most valued citizens, and our Commandery
one of its most highly prized members.
" Resolved, That to his family, upon whom
this bereavement has fallen with its heaviest
weight, we tender our heartfelt sympathy,
and remind them that, having fought the
good light and finished his course, there is
henceforth laid up for him a crown of glory."
Stark Washington, the subject of this biography,
was raised principally on the farm
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