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afterward made commander at San Antonio. In
ARS, STOKTN MMRFI DprmFebruary, 1836, with a band of one hundred and
S ARS, STOCKTON SJtMMERFIELD, prom- forty-five men, lie retired to the Alamo in that city.
/W inent attorney of Sherman, Grayson The Mexican army took that fortress by storm,
county, was born on the 4th of January, after a most heroic defense, in which every one of
1839, in Henry county, Georgia. His its gallant defenders perished. So desperate was
father, Augustus B. Fears, was a native of Greene the defense that the annals of history furnish
county, Georgia, a farmer by occupation, though no parallel. William Barrett Travis was the hero
for many years a minister of the Christian church. of the Alamo. On a monument at Austin, reared
His mother, whose maiden name was Mary Ann to the memory of those gallant men, is inscribed:
Griffin, was also a native of Henry county, and a "Thermopylae had its messengers of defeat-the
daughter of William Griffin, a minister of the M. P. Alamo had none."
church. S. S. Fears was raised in his native
State. His early literary education was liberal, and
obtained at Bethany College, West Virginia. lie
began reading law in 1857 at Fayetteville, Georgia,
and was admitted to the bar in 1858 at McDonough, ^ UL, GENERAL THOMAS NEVILLEGeorgia.
He entered on the practice of his pro- lawyer of ability and large experience-is
fession at Jonesboro, Georgia, after his admission a native of South Carolina, and now a
to the bar, and remained there till the initiation of resident of Galveston in the practice of
the civil war, when he entered the Confederate his profession. His paternal ancestors at an early
service as a private in the Tenth Georgia infantry, day immigrated to Virginia, and their descendants
and was engaged in that service throughout the scattered thence through New Jersey and the Carwar.
He was promoted to captain. On the termi- olinas. They were among the early settlers of the
nation of the war he returned to his profession, Western States. The great grandfather of the
and again located at Fayetteville in 1866. In the subject of this sketch settled on the Yadkin and
fall of that year he removed to Atlanta, and remained Pedee rivers, in the eastern portion of the Carolithere
until the fall of 1872, when he located at nas. The grandfather Thomas Waul-or Wall, as
Sherman, Texas, where he has since resided as an the family records show the name to have been
attorney. He was elected Mayor of Sherman in 1876. spelled-established himself in the Santee district.
In politics he is a Democrat, and in religion a He intermarried with Miss Anna Mulcahy, the
member of the Christian church. He was married daughter of a prominent planter of the State.
on the 4th of January, 1866, to Miss Martha B. General Thomas Neville Waul was born near
Tidwell, of Fayetteville, Georgia, daughter of M. M. Statesburg on January 5, 1815-the sole issue
Tidwell, a prominent attorney of that State. of the marriage, and the sole remaining descend
WILLIAM B., was born in North
Carolina, and reared in the State of Alabamna.
In his youth he taught school, and
subsequently read law. He located in
Anahuac, Texas, at an early date. At that place
he was arrested by Bradburn for treason. On his
release he located at-San Felipe, the capital of the
colony. There he practiced law. As secretary of
an Independence society, in 1834, he drew up a
remarkable petition, praying for the release of General
Austin, who was then a prisoner in the City
of Mexico. In 1835 he captured Tenoria, a Spanish
officer who had been sent to garrison Anahuac.
In 1835 he joined the army under Austin. In the
same year he was made major of artillery. He was
ant of the Carolina Wauls. He had the misfortune
to lose his mother during his infancy. His
ancestors were remarkable for their patriotism, a
trait which has been perpetuated in their offspring.
The grandfathers of General Waul, on both sides,
took an active part in the Revolutionary struggle,
and at its conclusion settled on the hills of Santee,
near neighbors of their old commander General
Sumpter, widely known as the "Game Cock of the
Thomas entered the South Carolina College in
Columbia, but left in 1832 without graduating, owing
to feeble health and straightened circumstances,
incident upon the death of his father. In this
connection an act of the generous invalid should
be related. Though without means, and in a condition
that required them, he refused to receive any
portion of his father's little property, but unselfishly
gave it to his stepmother, as only adequate
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