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 Page: 538
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588 HISTORY OF TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
usefulness in life will not so much depend
ol what they have as what they are, and, in
accordance with this view, he has sought to
leave them a legacy of an honorable name, to
give them good educational advantages, to
instill in them good principles and bring
them up with good habits as better helps in
the race of life than great wealth.
GALVIN BELL, a farmer of Williamson
county, was born in Snsquehanna
county, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1825,
a son of Sterling and Catherine (Maxan)
Bell, the former a native of Connecticut,
and the latter of Rhode Island, and of
English and Irish descent. The parents
reared a family of eight children, viz.:
Nancy, Nathan, Lyman, Angeline, Edith,
Calvin, Jasper and Asa. The children are all
now deceased, excepting one son and two
daughters, the latter residing in Pennsylvania.
The parents died before the late war.
Calvin Bell, the subject of this sketch, and
of the third generation of the family in
America, remained under the parental roof
until reaching years of maturity. He went
thence to Iowa (then a Territory), spent a
short time in St. Louis, worked his way South
to Mississippi, and in 1845 arrived in Texas,
where he first found employment as a farm
hand. In 1848 Mr. Bell joined a ranging
company, Bell's regiment, and served on the
frontier of Texas. In 1852 he purchased 750
acres of his present farm, which he began
improving in 1855, and during that time
also followed freighting. In 1862 our subject
enlisted in a twelve months' company,
was attaclied to Morgan's battalion, afterward
joined Baylor's regiment of cavalry,
and served in Louisiana and Arkansas. He
took part in many skirmishes, was in Banks'
raid on Red river, served until the close of
the struggle, and at the time of the surrender
the regiment had fallen back to Texas.
He was honorably discharged at Richmond,
this State, since which time he has resided
on his farm in Williamson county. Mr. Bell
rents his place, of which has 120 acres under
a fine state of cultivation.
In the summer of 1865 he'was united in
marriage to Miss Margaret Dalton, a native
of Arkansas, and a daughterof Meade Dalton,
who formerly resided in Tennessee, coming to
Texas in 1857, and spending the remainder
of his life in farming in Williamson county.
Mr. and Mrs. Bell had one child, Jefferson
Davis, who is now engaged in business in
Bartlett, thiis State. The wife and mother
died in November, 1886, at about the age of
fifty-four years. Mr. Bell takes an active
part in public affairs, is an independent
Democrat in his political views, and religiously
is a member of the Baptist Church.
AUL OTTO ELZNER, a prominent
merchant of Bastrop, was born in
Prussia, Germany, March 9, 1847, a
son of August and Pauline (Baker)
Elzner, natives of Saxony, that country. The
parents removed to Prussia, but a short time
afterward, in 1858, came to America, locating
in Bastrop, Texas. The father was first employed
as head sawyer in a steam saw-mill,
the following seven years was engaged in
freighting and farming, and thpn conducted
a bakery and fancy grocery until his death,
which occurred in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Elzner
were the parents of five children, only three
of whom lived to niaturity,-Frederick A.
B., of this city; Paul 0., our subject; and
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