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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
December 5th, 1889, Judge Lightfoot was married
to Miss Etta I. Wooten, daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Thos. D. Wooten, of Austin, who is now the
mother of two boys: Wooten, born on the 2d day
of October, 1890, and William Henry, born on the
23d day of August, 1892.
In 1893 Judge Lightfoot was counsel for the Hon.
W. L. McGauhey, Commissioner of the General
Land Office of Texas, in his celebrated State trial,
on impeachment before the State Senate, and was
selected by the eminent counsel engaged in the
defense to open the case on argument of the demurrers
and present the principles of law relied upon,
a duty that he discharged in a manner that fully
sustained his high reputation as a sound lawyer and
clear logical and trenchant speaker. After one of
the most interesting and important trials ever held
in the State, his client was honorably discharged.
August 9th, 1893, Judge Lightfoot was appointed
Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals for the
Fifth Supreme Judicial District of Texas, by Gov.
James Hogg, an office that had been recently
created by the Legislature. Hon. N. W. Finley
and Hon. Anson Rainey were appointed as Associate
Justices and the court was organized at Dallas,
Texas, and began its labors in September following.
At the general election of 1894 Judge Lightfoot was
nominated and elected to the position of Chief
Justice, without opposition, as were also his associates,
Justices Finley and Rainey.
Judge Lightfoot has been a member of the
Methodist Church for more than twenty-five years.
His high character, purity of private and public life,
eminent services, solid learning as a lawyer and
capability as a judge of a court of last resort, are
well known to the people of Texas, and they could
have given no higher testimonial of their appreciation
of his worth than they have by continuing him
in the position he now holds, which they have done
without a dissenting voice.
The subject of this brief memoir lived at a time
when Texas had greatest need for young men of
his mettle and daring, and it is to him and those
living and laboring contemporaneously with him
that the present generation owes so much: the subjugation
of the Indians in Texas and the establishnient
of a splendid civilization. He seemed especially
fitted for the life and duties of a pioneer on the
frontier of a new and promising country, and, as
such, few men were better known in his day
throughout Central Texas. He came to Texas in
the fall of 1837. The battle of San Jacinto had
been fought in April of the previous year and
Texas' independence secured.
The country was in an unsettled and chaotic condition.
He was a native of Virginia, and was born
near Culpepper Court House in 1818. His father,
a farmer, died when Thomas was a small boy, and
he therefore spent his boyhood and youth with an
uncle, Dr. Harper Glascock, an influential citizen,
physician and planter of Virginia. By this uncle
he was accorded the advantages of excellent schooling
and social privileges. He possessed an inherent
desire and ambition to accomplish something
for himself, and to get on in the world, and he left
his Virginia home and friends to seek his fortunes
in the then new State of Alabama. There he met
and married Miss Fancy Chamles and they soon
thereafter came to Texas. Mrs. Glascock remained
here but a short time, however, returning to her
home in Alabama, where she not long thereafter
died, leaving two daughters: Sarah, who lived until
her ninth year, and Mary, who is the wife of William
Patton, a resident of Austin, Texas. In 1344
Mr. Glascock married Miss Mary Philian Browning,
a daughter of Christopher Columbus Browning,
a Texas veteran and pioneer, more concerning
whom is related further on in this article.
Upon locating in Texas Mr. Glascock settled
upon and operated what has for years been known
as the Oliver farm, about five miles west of Bastrop.
He there remained for about five years, and
then removed to Austin, which was ever after his
home. He was known throughout Texas as one of
Austin's most active and influential citizens, and
as an aggressive Indian fighter. In the latter role,
his promptitude, intrepid zeal and relentless warfare
upon the red savages, won for him the admiration
and gratitude of the people of his day. By
those who knew him it is said that Thomas Glas
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/857/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .