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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
neighbors' rights and in upholding the cause of law
and order. Texas owes them no small debt of
Capt. Kenedy died March 14, 1895, at his home
in Corpus Christi. His remains are interred at
Brownsville, beside those of his beloved wife.
His name is indissolubly connected with the history
and development of Texas.
MRS. P. V. KENEDY,
Mrs. Petra V. Kenedy was born in Mier, Mexico,
June 29th, 1825. Her parents were Gregorio
and Josefa (Resendez) Vidal. Her first marriage
was to Louis Vidal in December, 1840, by whom
she had six children, Louisa, Rosa, Adrian, Guadalupe,
Concepcion and Maria Vincenta. The Vidal
family was originally from Athens, Greece, and
removed first to Spain and thence to Mexico, where
a number of its scions figured conspicuously and
honorably in local history. Her uncle, Marin
Resendez, was Catholic Bishop of Zacatecas, Mexico,
and her father, Gregorio Vidal, was Provincial
Governor under the Spanish crown of the territory
lying between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers
and had charge of all the Indian tribes in his
province. He was killed by mistake, by a band of
Indian warriors, under the chief Castro, in 1832,
or 1833, at the Alamo ranch, in Texas. He was
returning from one of his ranches (Beteno) and on
his way to Mier to attend to important business
matters, when he was killed.
Three of his daughters, who accompanied him,
were captured by the Indians. One was ransomed
in San Antonio, another escaped from them about
sixty miles from the Rio Grande and made her way
to friends, and the third, Paulita, was never heard
from, although an uncle searched for her among
the Indians for fifteen or twenty years.
The second marriage of our subject was at
Brownsville, Texas, to Capt. M. Kenedy, April
16th, 1852. Six children were born of this union:
Thomas, James, John G., Sarah J., William and
Phoebe Ann, of whom two only are now living:
John G. Kennedy and Mrs. Sarah J. Spohn.
Mrs. Petra V. Kennedy, died at Corpus Christi,
March 16; 1885. Her remains were taken to
Brownsville and laid in the family tomb. She was
considered one of the handsomest women of her
day. She was a woman of superior accomplishments
and great natural intelligence and was highly
respected for her womanly qualities. She possessed
one characteristic for which she will ever be
remembered in many a heart and home
charity. A friend of the poor and humble,
none ever left her empty-handed, and she gave for
the pure and unalloyed happiness she found in
giving. She was a well-fitted help-meet to her
husband and was a devoted wife and loving mother.
JNO. G. KENEDY,
Jno. G. Kenedy is a son of the late Capt. M.
Kenedy, who was one of the wealthiest cattle raisers
in Texas in his day; the man to whose energy,
clear-sightedness, public spirit, and liberality,
Southwest Texas is indebted for the construction of
the San Antonio and Aransas Pass and other lines
of railway within its territory. The subject of this
memoir was born in Brownsville, Texas, April 26,
1856, attended a private school at Coatesville,
Penn., where he remained four years, returned to
Texas in 1867, and attended St. Joseph's College
at Brownsville for nearly a year and then entered
Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala., where he was a
student during the succeeding four years. He
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