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-veston bv hlis fellow-citizens with great demonstra- I of French I-uguenot extraction, and followed througli
tions of joy. He was elected Senator to the first life. mercantile and agricultuial pursuits. H-Is Ilother
Legislature of the State of Texas. At the conven-l whosq maiden naile was Lydia Howard, was a
tion he voted for annexation. . native of Ray county, Tennessee, daughter of Henly
Jose Antonio Navarro was also a Representative T. H-oward, farmer. The subject of this mem'oir
.from.l the county of Bexar in tllhe Congres of the was raised in Morgn county, .Alabama. Iis
ltepublic of Texas held at Houston in 1838 antd early literary education Las liberal, and( ob1839.
These are the most important facts of ]is tained at the Decatur Academy of North Alahistory,
all of wlich are correct and' true. Many bania; but this' classical education was received
curious incidlents in the life of tllis man lave been under the supervision and instruction of the distin-^,
omnitted in this sketch, there is, however, oln re- guisledl Confederate officer, General John Gregg,
markable coincidence in the lile of Navarro whichl who was killed in thle battles around Richmond.
Awe will hlere relate, being as curious as it is true. He began reading law in 1854, at Fairfield, FreeIt
is the following coincidence of dates. He left stone county, Texas, where he had located the same
Austin to go to the camp) of the Santa Fe expedi- year under the supervision of General John Gregg,
tion on the 18th of June, 1841. After being madle who was at that tilne a very prominent attorney of
prisoner at Laguna Colorado, lie left San Miguel the Freestone county bar. In 185S he was admitted
del Vado folr Mexico on the 18th ot October, 1841. to the bar. On account of sickness he lived at
After his arrival in Mexico, he was tried by court- New Orleans for about three years. In 1862 he
martial, and was sentenced to death on the 18th j entered tlie Confederate army as captain in the
of May, 1842. After the sentence was annulled by Reginlental Commissary of the Sixteenth Texas cavthe
Supreme Court-Martial, le was conducted to alry. H-e was in the service of the Confederate govSan
JuaJun de Ulloa, having left the Acordada on eminelnt throughout the war. He was made Major
the 18th of October, 1843. On the 18th of D)ecem- in thle tQuartermaster Department in 1863. He was
her, 184-4, he was taken out from Sain Juan de an active participant in Inumerous battles in the west
Illoa, and allowed to remain a prisoner on parole Mlississippi department. At the close of thle war
in Vera Cruz. When hle escaped from Vera Cruz, in 1865 lie entered on the practice of law at
coming by way of Havana, lie arrived at New Or- MKinney, Collin county, where he has since
leans on the 18th of January, 1845. Andl lastly, r esided as an able and successful Attorney. He was
on the 18th of February, 1845, he liad the pleasure appointed County Attorney of Collin county, by Govof
embracing his wife and children at San Ceronimo, rinor Throckmorton in 1866; with this exception
near Seguin. 1h Iias never hIeld any public office, of a political
responsibility ; but has devoted his main time and
' ----'-- ,~ attention to the practice of law. He has been for
some years the attorney for the Houston and
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, OLONEL, RUSSELL, promio- ocrat. In religion he is a Campbellite or Christian.
nent attorney of McKinnle, Collin county, He was married in February 1861 to Miss Sarah
r. was born on the 4th of lMay, 1833, in Mor- M. Graves, of Collin county, Texas, daughter of
gan county, North Alabama. His father, Isaac H. Graves, early settler of Collin county,
John De Arinond, was a native of Southl Carolina, from Virginia.
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