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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
was exceedingly distasteful to him. In 1855-56 he
wandered in Oregon, and, though he could scarcely
be said to have had a habitation there, he occasionally
practiced his profession there, and now and then
picked up a stray fee. He returned to "the
States " in 1856, and spent some months in Virginia
visiting relatives and friends. In 1857 he visited
his brother, Judge Terrell, at Austin, Texas, and
thence set out to return overland to California.
He reached Fort Worth in February, 1857, where
he met his old school-mate, D. C. Dade, who was
then practicing law in that place. He was persuaded
to pitch his tent in Fort Worth and form a
partnership with his old schoolfellow. This partnership
was continued several years and until the
Civil War began. Mr. Terrell opposed secession
and concurred with Gen. Houston in his plan to
effect the co-operation of Texas with the Northern
border States in an armed neutrality. When
the war could no longer be avoided, he recruited a
company in Tarrant County for the Confederate
service and joined Waller's battalion in Greer's
Cavalry Brigade. He took part in the battles of
Yellow Bayou, Camp Bisland, Foedoche, etc., and
was present at the capture of the gunboat " Diana"
and when Col. Waller received her surrender.
When the war closed, he returned to Fort Worth
and resumed the practice of law among a people
impoverished by the war, and there and in the surrounding
country he has continued to pursue his
profession ever since. Twenty-four years have
thus elapsed since he first opened an office in Fort
Worth, and during all that time his place of business
has always been on the same street.
In May, 1871, Capt. Terrell was married to Miss
Mary V. Lawrence of Hill County, Texas. She is
the daughter of David T. Lawrence, formerly of
Tennessee, a successful farmer and large landholder,
who died in 1867, leaving four daughters
and several sons. Her family relatives are very
numerous and most of them reside in Dallas
County. Mrs. Terrell was born February 28, 1842,
in Marshall County, Tenn., and was the eldest
daughter of D. T. and Anna B. Lawrence. She
was educated in the common schools of the country,
but having from childhood a taste for learning
and books, she has been a close student and a
reader of general literature. At the age of eighteen
she taught the village school of Covington, Texas,
where she grew to womanhood. She continued to
alternately teach and attend school for a period of
five years. Privately she was pursuing the study
of the higher branches. She was for three years
first assistant in the female department of the Port
Sullivan School, and for two years first assistant in
Waco Female College. While at Covington teaching
and attending school, she took a thorough
course in Latin and higher mathematics, besides
giving considerable attention to French, Spanish
and Greek. Her education has been both classical
and practical, and as her disposition has always
been retiring, her ambition is to embellish home
and perform home duties, rearing her family in such
manner as to make them worthy of the country
in which they live and an ornament to the
society in which they move. She is regarded as one
of the best educated women in Texas. Reared in
the cross-timbers, and self-educated, she is devoting
herself to training her children for usefulness
in the world, and at the same time cultivating in
*them a taste for the true, the beautiful and the
good. In solid scholarship, dignity and grace,
this noble lady is the peer of the highest, and is at
once the delight of her social circle and the pride
of the city of her residence.
Capt. Terrell and wife have five children: Sue
A., born May 13, 1872; John Lawrence, born
August 1, 1873; Joe C., born May 31, 1875; Mary
V., born January 12, 1877, and Alexander W.,
born December 26, 1878.
In politics, Capt. Terrell was originally an old
line Whig, voted against secession and since the
war has had nothing to do with politics, but has
voted an independent ticket, generally, however,
with the Democrats. He is not a Church member,
though he recognizes the influence an early Christian
training has had upon his life and character,
and contributes liberally to all benevolent objects,
and to the support of ministers and Church enterprises.
Mrs. Terrell is a member of the Methodist
Church. Capt. Terrell is a Mason and has taken
the council degrees.
He always made money, but had no disposition
to amass wealth until after his marriage. He is
now the owner of six brick storehouses, four residences,
two frame storehouses, several unimproved
blocks in the city, and about four hundred acres of
wild lands in Tarrant and Johnson counties.
Probably the value of his city property and lands
is $25,000. He owes his success to promptness in
business matters. He is orderly and systematic in
all his affairs. For many years he has been a hard
student and his books have engaged much of his
attention. He stands well in the community as an
honorable man in all his dealings. He is a safe,
reliable business man, but his practice has been
that of an office, rather than a courthouse
lawyer. He is even-tempered, jovial and social,
and probably the most systematic business man in
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