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a brigade, with rank of Captain, and acted as the Grand Chapter of R. A. M., of Texas, and is now
such for Speight's, Polignac's, and Harrison's brig- the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A. F. and
ades. A. Masons of Texas. In 1878, General Jones was
In 1864, lie was recommended for promotion to appointed by Governor Hubbard, one of the three
the Majority of his old regiment, for "gallantry in commissioners selected by the United States Govaction,"
by Coloiiel Harrison, and Generals Green, erminent to investigate the El Paso troubles with
Polignac, Mouton, Taylor and Kirby Smith. The AMexico, twvo of these commissioners being officers
appointment was made, but, on account of irregu- of the regular army appointed by the President.
larities in the mails, failed to reach him before the As Adjutant-General, of Texas, General Jones
close of the war. His military record and reputa- holds the rank of a Brigadier-General.
tion as a soldier, though made in defense of the
"Lost Cause," is none the less brilliant on tlat .account,
and compares favorably with that of the
many chivalrous men of the South, who, freely
offered tlheir lives a sacrifice to the Moloch of sec- U IE, FRANCIS CHARLES, lawyer, Galtional
aggression and aggrandizement. In 1866, (?/ veston, Texas. The subject of this sketch
General Jones, at the instance of many friends in was born on a plantation in Walker
Navarro county, went to Mexico in search of a county, Texas, on the 17th day of Febsuitable
spot for the, location of a colony. He ruary, 1843. He is the son of John Hume and Martraveled
extensively through that country with that garet J. Smith, tlihe former a native of Culpepper
object in view, but failed to find a suitable location county, Virginia, and planter by occupation, who
and returned to Texas. He was now commissioned emigrated to Texas in 1839, and located in Walker
by citizens of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, and Navarro
county, Texas, who desired to emigrate, to proceed
to Brazil, to secure location for three hundred
families. He undertook the labor and for eighteen
months traveled extensively in the Brazilian country,
noting its climate, resources and facilities, but
was dissatisfied with it as a congenial location for
Americans, and returned without accomplishing the
desired end. In 1868 he was elected to the State
Legislature from the district composed of Navarro.
Hill, Kaufman, and Ellis counties, but was counted
out by the Republican Returning Board and did
not take his seat. In May 1874 he was appointed
by Governor Coke, Major of the Frontier Battalion.
He raised and took command of six companies of
Texas Rangers for operating on the frontier, in
which service he continued nearly five years.
While in command of these troops, he had a number
of Indian fights, on one occasion defeating one
hundred and fifty warriors with only thirty-seven
men. He also captured or dispersed many bands of
outlaws and desperadoes with which the frontier of
Texas was then infested; He is now the AdjutantGeneral
of the State of Texas, having been appointed
by Governor Roberts, in January 1.879; the
Governor being influenced in tendering the appointment
by no considerations of friendship or
favoritism, but solely from a just appreciation of
military merit, sterling integrity, and eminent
qualifications for the discharge of the duties of
In 1872, General Jones was Grand High Priest of
county, and resided there the remainder of his
life, his death having occurred in 1864; the latter
was a native of Hinds county, Mississippi, and
daughter of Samuel Smith, a planter of that locality.
Francis Charles Hlume was raised on the plantation
where he was born, until be became old
enough to enter college, -when he was matriculated
in Austin College, and graduated from that institution
in 1858. After graduating from Austin College,
he entered the University of Virginia, where lie
remained until the civil war became imminent.
Among the first, he entered the Confederate service
as a private soldier in the 5ttl regiment of Texas
infantry, and rendered active service throughout
the war, mainly in Virginia, where he participated
in many of the most important battles in that
department. After thle second battle of Manassas
he was promoted to t.he rank of First Lieutenant,
and assigned to the command of a company of
cavalry sc:outs, operating on the Peninsula, at the
same time, nominally serving on the staff of General
Garey. In the winter of 1864, on account of
the serious wounds lie had received, lie returned
home on furlough, but had remained there only
a short time till he was assigned to duty in the
trans-Mississippi Department, on the staff of General
Arthur P. Bagly, with the rank of Major, and
served to the close of the war. He then returned
to Texas, and began reading law ait Huntsville, in
his native county, and was admitted to the bar in
the same year, and entered upon the practice of
his profession. In 1866, he was elected a member
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