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aged about twenty-seven years. They were
the parents of five children, namely: Bell,
wife of Otto W. Harding, of Louisville, Kentucky;
J. C. S., our subject; Jennie, unmarried,
and residing with her uncle, Dr. Stewart,
Superintendent of the Feeble Mind Institute;
Samuel, deceased in 1851, at the age of
twenty-one years; and Moses H., who died at
the age of ten years.
Captain J. C. S. Morrow, was educated in
the public schools of Versailles, where he was
afterward employed as a clerk until 1857.
He was engaged at work in Frankfort, Kentucky,
one year, served as bookkeeper in the
dry goods store of Richard Knott at Louisville,
that State, two years, and then, with
eight young men, clerks and bookkeepers by
occupation, lie left that city on the boat,
Paytona, on his twentieth birthday, for Texas,
via New Orleans. Five of the party landed
at Galveston, Texas, and the remaining three,
Robert and David Vance and our subject,
reached Indianola, December 15, 1859. Mr.
Morrow stopped with an old friend of his
father, Colonel Slaughter, at Guadaloupe for
a time, and February 14, 1860, landed in
Georgetown, Williamson county. A week
later he was employed by the District Clerk,
receiving $60 in gold for one month's work,
was engaged as bookkeeper for Josiah Taylor
one month, and was then engaged in the
amine capacity with Sampson & Hendricks,
proprietors of the largest store in Austin, one
year. In July, 1861, Mr. Morrow enlisted
for the late war, in acompany raised by Captain
Mullen, of which he was made Lieutenant
Colonel, but afterward resigned his position.
During his first two months lie was in
the State service, as Orderly Sergeant, soon
afterward was elected First Lieutenant, and
while camping below Harrisburg was taken
sick. After much persuasion lie was induced
to return to Georgetown, but soon afterward
his regiment was requested to report at Little
Rock, Arkansas, and he then went a day ahead
of his company to that city. They were the
only organized regiment in the army when
General Price crossed the river. They took
part in the battle of Searcey, where they lost
only three out of 100 men, and the enemy
lost sixty-four men, and their next fight was
at Cotton Plant. After the first engagement
our subject was elected Captain of his company.
He served in Arkansas and Louisiana,
and their last battle was at Yellow Bayou.
They disbanded where Calvert now stands,
and our subject missed only one battle out of
the thirty-seven engagments.
After the close of the struggle his possessions
consisted of a horse, saddle and bridle,
and he then went to visit his father and relatives
in Kentucky. He next purchased
$14,000 worth of goods of different kinds,
on 60, 80, 120 and 160 days' credit, associated
himself with Frank L. Price, and the firm
of Morrow & Price opened the first stock of
goods in this county. In 1870 they erected
the first saw ilill in the county, also purchased
2,000 acres of land, but after five years and
one month they dissolved partnership, having
made during that time about $35,000. Mr.
Morrow's expenses at the mill amounted to
$23 a day, and he employed about twenty-five
men. In 1873 he sold the mill, and the same
year engaged in the mercantile business, buying
the structure across from where the postoffice
now stands. In 1876, the railroad having
reached Round Rock, he removed the
store to that city; in 1878 moved his family
to his place on Galveston bay; but the following
year on account of sickness cane
again to Galveston. Since that time he has
traveled for W. D. Cleveland, a wholesale
grocer and cotton dealer of Houston. Mr.
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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/m1/826/?rotate=270: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .