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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ness. During these years he also established a
private bank. He continued banking until 1892,
when he retired from active pursuits.
He was first married in Bastrop County, in 1843,
to Miss Sarah Gamble, daughter of Col. William I.
Gamble, who came to Texas from Alabama with
his family in 1839. By this marriage he had two
children: William, now a prosperous farmer in
Bastrop County, and Erastus Fairbanks Higgins,
who died leaving one child, Claud C., who now resides
with his grandfather. Mrs. Higgins died in
1849. Mr. Higgins was married at Seguin, in 1852,
to Miss Mary Keener, daughter of a prominent college
professor of Alabama, and first cousin of
United States District Judge John B. Rector of
Texas. Five children were born of this union,
three of whom grew to maturity: Samuel, who is a
well-to-do farmer in Bastrop County; Blanche,
wife of Brook Duval, of Bastrop County, and
Horace, who died June 4, 1880. Horace graduated
at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn.,
and later in the Law Department in the University
of Virginia. After returning home he formed a
co-partnership with Hon. Joseph D. Sayers, but he
died three months later, and thus came to a close
what promised to be a brilliant career at the bar.
Mrs. Mary (Keener) Higgins died in Bastrop
County, in 1861.
In 1867, Mr. Higgins married his present wife,
Mrs. Carolina Yellowley, a widow with two daughters.
The elder, Bella, married Dr. G. M. Patten,
of Waco, in 1883, and died in 1888. The younger,
Charlton, became Mrs. Brieger, and now resides in
Bowie, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have two
daughters: Lielah, wife of D. Pope Holland, of
Atlanta, Ga., and Fairbanks who is now at Bishop
Garrett's College, at Dallas.
Upon returning to Texas in 1857, from a visit to
the home of Mrs. Fairbanks, in Vermont, Mr. Higgins
found that he had been elected to the House of
Representatives of the Texas Legislature. He
served one term as a member of that body. He
could have been re-elected but would not consent
to become a candidate for that or any other political
office. During the war between the States he
served in the Confederate States militia for twentytwo
months. He is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and has taken all the chapter degrees of
that order. In religion he is an Episcopalian, and
is senior warden of the Episcopal church at Bastrop.
In politics he is a Democrat. Although he lost
greatly by the resu It of the war between the States,
owning eighty valuable slaves who were set free at
its close, he has practically in all instances been
successful in his investments, and is now one of the
wealthiest men in his section and the largest taxpayer
in Bastrop County.
Up to his eleventh year, when Providence discovered
him to his noble benefactors, Mr. and Mrs.
Fairbanks, the prospect that apparently laid before
him was cheerless. Whatever boyish hopes that
were to arise in his breast it seemed were doomed
to wither one by one, through long years of toil and
saddening disappointments, and in the end be
drifted to their graves adown the blasts of Destiny's
chill December. There was work for him to do in
life, however, and it was to come to him and be done
by him if he proved worthy. He did prove worthy
of the labor assigned him when the opportunity
came, and he embraced it.
He was grateful, he was honest, he was ambitious,
he was industrious, he was enterprising, he was
daring, resolute and patient, and as a result, his
life has been an honored, useful and successful
one. Had he failed in any of these particulars
this would not have been. Such a life contains a
moral that the young will do well to ponder and
CORNELIUS ENNIS AND WIFE,
From the days when the commerce of Phoenicia
extended itself t tthe verge of the then known world
merchants have been the pioneers who have carried
forward the illumining torch of civilization. Without
their energy and determination to attain success
amid difficulties apparently insurmountable, there
would be but little progress in wresting from nature
the waste places of the earth for the benefit of mankind.
In the days when railroads were thought to
be impracticable and the telegraph a superstition,
a brave and hardy set of men were traveling over
Texas from end to end, on horseback, or in wagonst
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