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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
drench Eugene Eden, Theodore Beverly, Howard
Bruce, William Virgil, Newell Edwin,
Horace Greeley, Susan Frances, Jemima Martha,
and one that died in infancy.
In 1887 Mr. Porter took in marriage for
his second wife Mrs. Jane Houston, of Burleson
county, and daughter of Nevil A. and
Christiana (Oldham) Gee. The present Mrs.
Porter was born in Burleson county in 1849,
and in 1870 married Charles Houston, by
whom she had three children: Robert, Ina
and Charles. Mr. and Mrs. Porter have had
two children: Hugh Nevil and Russel Aubrey.
Mr. Porter is a member of the Methodist
Church, in which he has held the position of
3Mr. Porter's genealogical history will be
found in the sketch of his brother, Robert
U. Porter, appearing elsewhere in this
T H I-OMAS W. HARRELL, a farmer of
of 5Milam county, was born in Martin
county, North Carolina, December 10,
1827. His paternal grandfather, Jesse
Harrell, was probably a pioneer of North
Carolina. He married Miss Chance, arnd they
had seven children, of whom Tbeophilus
Harrell, the father of our subject, was the
eldest child. The latter was born in Martin
county, North Carolina, about 1797, was a
farmer and mechanic by occupation, and died
when the subject of this notice was in his
fourth year, at the age of thirty-three years.
He married Mary Ann, a daughter of Batson
Weatherbee, a farmer of North Carolina.
They had five children, namely: Nancy
Jane, who married Simmons Burnett/both
of whom are now deceased; William D., a
resident of North Carolina; Thomas W., our
subject; Martha, wife of H. Y. Hyman, of
North Carolina. The mother died in 1849.
Thomas W. Harrell began life independently
at the age of twenty-one years. He
learned the carpenter's trade and followed it
continuously ten years, and then began agricultural
pursuits. In February, 1849, he
came by rail and water to Grandico, Texas,
later to Milain county, and thence to Walker
county, where he followed carpentering about
a year and a half. In the fall of 1850 he
concluded to try his fortune in the State of
his birth; accordingly took stage for Houston
and boat to Galveston, thence by boat to
New Orleans, up the Mississippi and Ohio
rivers to Wheeling, West Virginia, by stage
to Cumberland, Maryland, and thence by rail
home. In October, 1862, Mr. Harrell enlisted
in Company E, Seventeenth North Carolina
Infantry, under Col. W. F. Martin, for
service in the Confederate army. They took
part in the battles of New Berne, Cedar
Creek, Cold Harbor, siege of Fort Fisher
and in the operations about Kingston, North
Carolina. It was in hearing distance of
the bombardment of Fort Fisher, and participated
in a number of engagements, in
one of which, March 10, 1865, Mr. Harrell
received a scalp wound in the head by
which he was disabled for further duty during
the remainder of the war. He was
taken to a hospital at Raleigh, after the
Bentonville fight to Charlotte, and when
sufficiently recovered started to join his company,
but heard of the surrender before reaching
it and returned home. -
In 1870 he came to Milam county, Texas,
for permanent settlement, and paid $12.50 in
gold per acre for 200 acres of land.' He has
since added to his original purchase until he
now owns 600 acres, 290 acres of which is
under a fine state of cultivation, and where
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/485/?rotate=90: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .