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INDIAN VWARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
of three hundred and fifty pages, giving a complete
history of the Order in Texas, from the opening of
the first lodge in Houston, on the 24th of July,
1838, up to 1874, a period of thirty-six years.
He held almost every office known to the Order
during his long connection with it and his name
appears in the list of chief officers of the Grand
Encampment of the State, as M. E. G. High
Priest for more than one term. For several years
successively preceding his death he was Grand
Representative to the National Grand Lodge, and
held that position at the time of his (lemise and
looked forward with pleasure to the period of the
Grand Reunion, which he was destined to never
Time and space will not permit an examination
of the printed archives of the order to trace his
varied work in its behalf and he left no personal
records of himself in this or in any other respect,
though he spoke freely of his past life among his
friends. He returned to South Carolina in 18-19
and June 6th of that year was united in marriage
to Miss Louisa B. tMurrell, to whom he had been
engaged since early manliood. Mrs. Richardson
is a daughter of James and Louisa (Sumpter)
Murrell, at the time of her marriage residents of
Sumpter, South Carolina, where she was born in
1819. Her father was a planter. Gen. Thomas
Sumpter, of revolutionary fame, was Mrs. Richardson's
maternal grandfather. The town of Sumpter
and Fort Sumpter in Charleston Harbor were named
for this distinguished military officer and citizen.
He also was a planter.
Mr. and Mrs. Richardson had one child, a
daughter, now the wife of Dr. Htenry P. Cooke, of
Galveston. Dr. and Mfrs. Cooke, have one son,
Willard Richardson Cooke, born in Galveston,
September 6th, 1888.
Mrs. Richar(dson lives in retirement in the beautiful
Oleander City by the sea surroun(le(d by a
wid(e circle of friends and in the enjoyment of the
companionship of her daughter's family.
Mr. Richardson died at his home in Galveston,
J.Jly 26th, 1875. Ile was a man who had fixed
plans and aims in life and, thougll he lived to work
most of them out to suctcessful results, it is known
to his more immediate confidants that he hoped to
crown the end of liis career with a work that woul(l
have inured to tlle benefit of the people of Texas
of after times and conferredl enduring benefits on
the city whichI had been the scene of his labors.
His name (leserves a place among those of the
many illustrious men who have in this country
a(lorne(d the )rofession of journalism. Iis character
embraced many of the elements of true
greatness. He did much for the State of Texas
and deserves grateful remembrance at the hands
of her people.
THE CARR FAMILY OF BRYAN,
The Bryan branch of the Carr family in Texas
dates back to the arrival of Allan Carr at the town
of Old Washington, on the Brazos, in 1858. lie
came from Noxubee County, Miissisipli, and
brought with him a family of five children, the
wife and mother having dlied in Mississippi. Iie
remained at Old Washington but a short time,
however, when, having purchased a farm on the
river in Burleson County, about twelve miles northwest
of Bryan, he settled there.
He brought with him from Mississippi one hundred
slaves, which he worked on his farm until
affairs, State and national, became unsettled anti
then, in 1860, sold them (retaining only a few house
servants) to a Mr. William Brewer, of Old Indc13
plendence, in Washington County. Some of these
slaves still live in and about Independence, Brenham
Allan Carr was a native of North Carolina and
was born in 1807.
He led an active life until hlis (leathi at his home
in Burleson County in 1861. Iie is remembered by
old settlers as a man of excellent impulses, strong
traits of character, an(d a good citizen. Ile was a
life-long pIlanter and raised cotton and corn with
Iis early ancestors were Scotch-Irish and his
more immediate antecedents were directly traceable
to the earliest colonists of old Virginia.
lie married Miss Elizabeth Wooton, she being
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