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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
independence and at the same time maintain a
philanthropic interest in the welfare of others, even
those who are contemporaneous, and almost impossible
as regards posterity; yet, Mr. Ball was
one of the few who succeeded in spite of all
obstacles, and, notwithstanding the many chilling
influences that every successful man must encounter,
entertained a genuine love for his fellowmen
and a deep interest in the future welfare of
his country and his kind. He did not care for
money in itself, but simply for the power it gave
him for good. His benefactions were many and
continuous, but perhaps the most permanently
beneficial was the donation for the public school
building in Galveston. In a free country where
every citizen is intrusted with the privilege and
invested with the duties of suffrage the question of
popular education, above all others, is the most
vitally important, for the reason that the sole hope
of constitutional freedom and good government
must ever rest upon the intelligence of the citizen.
It is almost impossible to estimate the ultimate
value of this donation, equally notable for the
wisdom and enlightened and noble spirit that
a donation worthy of all praise and
of emulation. It is sufficient to say that it is
fraught with blessings to the State. In every
walk of life he was a potential factor. He left his
impress deep upon the times in which he lived.
Subsequent to Mr. Ball's death, Mrs. Ball had
the school building beautifully remodeled and a
handsome mansard roof put on it, at an additional
cost of $40,000.00, and spent $10,000.00 more in
suitably furnishing it. She was one of the organizers
of the First Presbyterian Church established in
Galveston and is the only survivor of those whose
names appear upon the first roll. A cultured,
gracious an(l exceptionally talented lady, she is
one of the brightest ornaments of the refined
society of the Oleander City.
George Sealy, than whom no other man in Texas
has contributed more to the development of the
commerce of the State of Texas or to the development
of its general resources, and than whom in
this commonwealth there is none who has made a
deeper impress on the times in which he lives, was
born in the famous Wyoming Valley, Luzerne
Co., Pa., on the 9th day of January, 18a35.
His parents, Robert and MIary (McCarty) Sealy,
were born in Cork, Ireland. They were married
and came to America in the year 1818. HIis father
was one of eight children -four sons and four
daughters. Quite a large family estate was owned
in Ireland, but it was entailed and his father, being
the fourth son, received only what the eldest brother
was willing to concede to him. This, however, at
the time of Robert Sealy's marriage, amounted to
several thousand dollars, which he brought with him
to America. He had also learned a trade (which
was customary at that time), to fall back on if necessary.
The trade that he selected was that of a
locksmith. It was well that he learned a trade, for
he found it useful in later life. He settled down
in Pennsylvania but engaged in no active business,
content, apparently, to live on his capital, instead
of endeavoring to increase it. As his capital decreased
his family increased and, as time rolled on,
he became the father of ten children-
and two sons. Next to tile oldest child came
his son John an( next to the last, the subject of
this memoir, George Sealy. His family having
tlius arown anod his money gone, he applied himself,
from necessity, with energy and patience to the
trale lhe had learned in his younger days, in order
to earn a support for himself, wife and children.
Whlen reduced to this condition he ceased all correspondence
with his family in Ireland and his
older brother, supposing him dead, and having no
male offspring of Iiis own, broke the entail, and gave
the property to his nephew. This put an end to all
Robert Sealy's claims to the estate.
These facts are mentioned to show th sh at he had
apparently little desire for the acquisition of
wealth. He died in 1855, when sixty-six years
of age. All that he left to his children was
a name as an honest man and a reputation as a
consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.
His wife was also a member of the same church and
a most devout Christian woman. Her influence
over the children was much more effective in mold
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/175/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .