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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
day, he sought to find his wife and chilren at Austin,
Texas, where they had refugeed with' Mrs.
Cabell's father, and where he arrived without a
farthing, after a three days' fast, on the 12th of
September, to find that they had left and were
en route to their home in Fort Smith, Ark. He
overtook the loved ones in Bonbam, Texas, and
soon after reached Fort Smith, where he resided
until December, 1872, when he came to Texas
to remain permanently, and settled at Dallas, of
which place he has since been a citizen. During
1866 Gen. Cabell tried cotton planting on the
Arkansas river and the commission business at Fort
Smith. The high price of provisions and labor,
combined with the cotton tax, prevented these
ventures from proving successful. In 1867 he
worked as a civil engineer, farmed on a small scale,
and studied law at leisure moments. In 1868 he
was admitted to practice in the United States Court
for the Western District of Arkansas.
He was an acknowledged leader of the Democratic
party and fought the Arkansas Republicans
and carpet-baggers with all the skill, energy and
determination that he could command. In 1872
the Arkansas State Convention sent him as the
chairman of the delegation to cast the vote of that
State for Horace Greely for President, and during the
campaign he canvassed all of North and West Arkansas.
The result was a triumph for the Democracy.
He brought his family to Dallas in 1873. He
at once took a position as leader in all matters of
importance and was afterwards repeatedly elected
Mayor of the city. When he located at Dallas
he was agent for the Carolina Life Insurance
Company, of which Hon. Jefferson Davis was
president. He afterwards engaged in various
pursuits in which he was financially successful
but is now retired from active business.
As a Democrat his views have always had much
weight with the people of Texas and he has
had much to do with shaping the policies of the
party and in assisting in securing party victories,
and good government for the State. He is Lieutenant-General
of the United Confederate Veterans'
Association and devotes much time and thought
to the interests of that organization. He is a very
popular speaker and is in constant demand to address
his old comrades at their reunions and campfires.
He has written much upon the subject of
the late war and is regarded as an authority upon
all matters pertaining thereto. True to every
obligation as a citizen and soldier, both in time of
war and peace; a patriot of great purity of act and
purpose, a man of the most sterling qualities, he is
a fine representative of the typical Southern gentleman.
No man, certainly, is dearer to the people
of Texas and of the whole South. His name deserves
a place upon the pages of her history among
the South's noblest and best. His life has been
in keeping with those of other members of the
Cabell family, all of whom have been true to their
country, their friends and themselves, and none of
whom have cast a stain upon the grand old family
D. M. PRENDERGAST,
Judge Prendergast is a descendant of Irish ancestors.
His great-grandfather Prendergast came
from the old country to America in colonial times
and settled in North Carolina, where John Baker
Prendergast, the father of the Judge, was born.
John B. Prendergast went to Tennessee when
a young man, and there married Miss Rhoda King,
of Sumner County, that State. She died in Madison
County, West Tennessee, when the subject of
this sketch was a boy. Years afterward Mr. Prendergast
came to Texas and his death occurred in
Limestone County in 1846, about a month after his
arrival there. He was a plain substantial farmer,
a man of good judgment and of quiet, unassuming
ways. They had a family of four children that
reached maturity, the gentleman under consideration
being the only one of that number now
living. An older brother, Judge Luke Baker
Prendergast, an early settler of Limestone County,
died there some years ago. A younger brother
died in that county in 1846, shortly after moving
to it, and an older one, Samuel, died in Tennessee
before the father's removal to Texas.
Judge D. M. Prendergast was born in Shelby-.
ville, Bedford County, Tennessee, December 2k,
1816, and was reared in Madison County, t
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/293/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .