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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
He lent an attentive ear to the recital of the woes
of the distressed, and was quick to offer succor.
No matter of wonder then that the news of his
death was received with a thrill of horror throughout
the State, and many devoted friends sent letters
of condolence and commiseration to his stricken
wife and children, affording all the solace that they
could in this hour of grief and agony.
His spirit winged its flight to that land where all
is peace and joy, and deeds of virtue find that
recognition and reward too often denied them in
this weary world. The sod of the valley grows
green above his grave. The mound is sacred. It
has been watered by the tears of his widow and
orphan children. It has been watered by the tears
of the poor and. needy whom he so often generously
befriended. He came in contact with
many men and moved amid many and changing
scenes always, under all circumstances and amid
all temptations and perils, as an upright and manly
man, and the influence of his character will long
be felt and bear worthy fruit. It can be truly said
that the world has been made none the worse but
far better by his having lived, and his memory is
affectionately enshrined in the hearts of thousands
where it will be kept ever fresh and green.
December 23, 1874, Mr. Stafford was united
in marriage to Miss Grace A. Walker, the beautiful
daughter of Mr. Seaborn B. and Mrs. Susanna
Walker, who came from Georgia to Texas about
1850 and located in Colorado County, where they
spent the remainder of their days. Mr. Walker was
a gallant soldier in the Confederate army during the
war between the States. A large family of children,
eleven in number, survive Mr. and Mrs. Walker.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Stafford was blessed
with three children, two of whom, Joseph and
Carrie, are now living, the latter being the wife of
Mr. J. Alvey Harbert, an accomplished gentleman
and one of the leading stock raisers and farmers in
Mrs. Stafford resides at her home, an elegant
mansion, four miles from Columbus. It occupies a
lovely site commanding an extended and pleasantly
diversified view of woodland and prairie full
of the witchery of light and shadow, worthy of an
The grounds surrounding this delightful and imposing
house are tastefully laid off and ornamented
with trees, shrubbery, a profusion of flowers and
twining vines. It is a typical and ideal Southern
home. The evidences of a delicate and refined taste
are everywhere met with. Mrs. Stafford also possesses
a well furnished library and there spends
many of her leisure hours.
She is a lady of fine literary discernment and
varied accomplishments. She is a member of the
Christian church, and in her daily life exemplifies
the teachings of the Master. Kindness and gentleness
and charity and truth, sanctify her saddened
home. She has bravely and with Christian fortitude
borne her cross. Her benefactions are innumerable
and many poor and unfortunate, whose tears
she has dried and whose necessities she has relieved,
have reason to call her blessed.
She is one of the noblest of our noble Texian
matrons who are the ornaments and pride and boast
of a civilization that if equaled is not surpassed by
that of any other State or land. She was born in
Colorado County, Texas, received an excellent education,
and in her childhood and girlhood days gave
evidence of those traits that won for her the affectionate
devotion of her late husband and endear her
to all who know her.
RICHARD MOORE WYNNE,
Is universally recognized as one of the leading
men of the Lone Star State, having won a prominence
in the legal profession which can only result
from ability and the highest merit. As an
advocate he has no superiors and few equals in
his profession. From his boyhood he has been a
leader, whether among his schoolmates, his army
comrades, in business or in social life; and his
commanding talents, and devotion to principles,
will win him still higher honors, for he is now in the
prime of life.
Col. Wynne is a native of Tennessee. He was
born in Haywood County, on the 2d day of June,
1844. His parents were W. B. and Sarah A.
(Moore) Wynne. Soon after his birth his family
moved to Rusk County, Texas, in which place his
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/301/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .