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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
A thrifty and enterprising farmer of Kendall County,
was born inKerr County, Texas, November 16, 1855,
and was reared to farming and stock-raising near the
town of Waring. His father, Levi W. Howell, was
born in Wales, led a sea-faring life for five years,
and then, in 1848, when twenty-two years of age,
located on the Texas coast in Goliad County and
engaged in stock-raising. He married, in 1853,
Miss Sarah E. Nichols, daughter of George Nichols,
then of Kerr, and now of Kendall County. They
had two children: John, the subject of this notice,
and Mattie, widow of Charles Bierschwald. She
lives at Waring.
Mr. John Howell was united in marriage to Miss
America J. Layton, in 1875. They have six children:
Monroe, Thomas Levi, John Murry, Minnie,
Elton Ray, and Henry.
Mr. Howell's mother died in 1886 at forty-eight
years of age.
LAWRENCE J. HYNES,
Is a well-known and substantial citizen of the city
of Brownsville, and one of the pioneers of Cameron
County. He came to Texas at a time when the resources
of the country were undeveloped and when
Cameron County was in the infancy of its material
Mr. Hynes was born in Philipstown, County Kings,
Ireland, May 15th, 1842. His father, Thomas
Hynes, was a well-to-do farmer, who reared a family
of ten children, of whom the subject of this
sketch is the youngest. Lawrence Hynes came to
America with a sister in 1850 and went to Utica,
N. Y., where two brothers, who had preceded them
to this country, had located. Here he spent his
boyhood and youth, and learned the carpenter's
trade with one F. D. Fish, for whom he worked a
considerable time. From Utica he went to Missouri,
and there worked at his trade. Later he
went to Mississippi, and pursued his calling in the
erection of cotton-gins. He went to Matamoros,
Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, in the year 1864,
to erect houses that had been manufactured in and
shipped from the East. After completing this contract
and doing other contract work for a time, he,
in 1869, engaged in ranching, stock-raising and
merchandising at Santa Maria, where he continued
extensively and successfully building up a large
business until 1893, when he sold his mercantile interests
and a portion of his ranching interests, and
has since lived a comparatively retired life at his
elegant home in the city of Brownsville. Mr. Hynes
is a practical and successful man of business. He
is self-educated, well-read and well-informed upon
all of the important issues of the times. He owns
and occupies one of the most commodious, attractive
and completely equipped homes in the city, and
is a genial and hospitable gentleman, who delights
in entertaining his friends. Mr. Hynes has always
led a quiet and unostentatious life, and has never
sought political honors or dabbled in politics, and
has strictly at all times confined himself to his own
His standing as a citizen is of the highest
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