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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
the firm name of Harris Martha Elizabetb. wife of
Pike L. Phelps, a gentleman engaged in the insurance
business, at Belton; Olivia Frances, wife of
John P. Hammersmith, a Belton merchant; Lucy
Bell and Annie Jackson, who live at home and are
now students at Baylor College, and Andrew Jackson
Harris, Jr. One son, Thomas, died July 9th,
1886, of membranous croup, aged two years and
Judge Harris has been a member of the Baptist
Church since 1876 and is one of the trustees of
Baylor Female College, at Belton.
He has never sought office and has never been a
voluntary candidate; nevertheless, at the State
Democratic Convention, held in 1886, his name was
submitted by his friends for nomination for one of
the judgeships of the Supreme Court of Texas, and
they claim that he received a majority of the votes
cast by the members of the convention, but on
account of some irregulariLies in counting them,
another ballot was taken and Judge R. R. Gaines
elected as the party's nominee.
Judge Harris occupies a position at the bar of
Texas, which he has so long graced with his learning
and talents, that should be a matter of pride to
him and is certainly a source of gratification to his
thousands of admirers and many friends who appreciate
the dignity and purity of his character,
the value of the public services he has rendered
and the luster that he has added to the profession
which he has so long adorned.
T. W. HOUSE,
T. W. House, veteran, merchant and banker of
Houston, was one of the notable pioneers of early
civilization and commerce in Texas. Born in
Somersetshire, England, in the year 1813, he died
at San Antonio, Texas, January 17th, 1880. His
forefathers were from Holland, from whence they
emigrated to England in the early dawn of the
eighteenth century, and settled in Somersetshire.
Up to the time that the subject of this memoir was
nineteen years of age, he worked on his father's
farm, but his father was poor, and, being the
youngest of four children, the future was not
bright, so he decided to come to America. He was
seconded in this resolution by a friend who was
captain of a
merchant vessel plying between Bristol
and New York and with whom he set sail for
America in the year 1832. He remained in New
York for several years, and afterwards went to New
Orleans, where he lived for a short time before coming
to Texas. It was while living at New Orleans
that his attention was first called to Texas and her
wonderful resources, and early in the year 1836 he
landed in Galveston, and at once went to Houston,
which was then being laid out. It was at this
place that be was destined to achieve the full measure
of his ambition. Soon after his arrival at
Houston he volunteered his services in behalf of
his adopted country and served as a soldier under
Gen. Burleson in the last days of the war of
1835-6, against Mexico. In 1838 he returned to
Houston and there, with the few hundred dollars
at his command, erected a tent, purchased a supply
of goods and began his wonderful career as a merchant.
His fortunes grew with the growth of the
town, to whose upbuilding he contributed perhaps
more than any other man, until he achieved the
rank of a merchant prince.
In 1840, he married Mary Elizabeth, only daughter
of Charles Shearn, afterwards Chief Justice of
Harris County. At the beginning of the war between
the States in 1861, he had reached such a
position.in the financial world that his advice and
services were sought by those in command of the
Confederate forces in Texas, and he co-operated
effectively with them in the work of obtaining
clothes and arms from abroad. He owned jointly
with the Confederate Government, the Harriet
Lane, the celebrated Federal steamer which was
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