Obituaries of Texans With No Known County


Thomas Preston McDowell

Died, 7th August, 1862, in camp near Gordonsville , Va. , THOMAS PRESTON MCDOWELL, youngest son of the late Gov. McDowell of Virginia .

The subject of this notice was, in the beginning of this war, a resident of Texas and participated in the movement which resulted in the expulsion of the Federal troops from that State.  But when Virginia, on the outposts as she was, called on her sons to protect her soil, sacred with the graves of their fathers from pollution by Northern hordes, he, with thousands of others impelled by that love of State, which, like a vestal flame seems never extinguished in the bosoms of her children, rushed to her rescue; and in his native county of Rockbridge, enrolled himself a private in an artillery company, (Capt. Licke)  Gallantly and with distinguished bravery did this youthful soldier do his duty in the battles, which, under Major General Jackson, resulted in driving the invading armies from the Valley of Virginia. The combined virtues of gentleness, and that manliness composed of chivalrous feeling and undaunted courage, secured alike the devotion of his family, and the love and admiration of his comrades.  If a heartfelt desire to be like Christ, and a child of God makes us so (for in a letter to his sister, he said, I hope the spirit of God is moving upon my heart, while his knapsack contained evidences of much reading on the subject of religion,) then we claim for him the title of Christian soldier, a title, in our estimation far more exalted than that, so well deserved, and given his distinguished farther of Christian Statesman.

Truly there is consolation for his bereaved wife and sisters for this great sacrifice made on their country s altar. _Richmond Enq. F.
(Abingdon Virginian, Oct. 3, 1862. Transcribed by Linda Rodriguez)

ALBERT H. ALFORD

Albert H. Alford, one of the early newspaper men of the Northwest, who was associated with his brother, Eugene T. Alford, as managing editor of The Lewiston Tribune for thirty-five years, died in Oregon January, 25, 1927. Mr. Alford, who was born in Texas October 21, 1862, was a Democrat.  [Source: Biennial report of the Board of Trustees of the State Volumes 8-15; Publ. 1921-1936; By Idaho State Historical Society, Board of Trustees; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]



 

Thomas Houston

A Southwestern Type
Boston Herald

Temple Houston, youngest son of General Sam Houston, who may be called the creator of the republic of Texas, has recently died in Oklahoma. Temple Houston was one of the strange, abnormal characters that achieve notoriety on the frontier. He did not like to be referred to as the son of Sam Houston, preferring to have a reputation of his own, and he won it. He was abnormal in his physical proportions, in his mental traits and in his notions of becoming attire. He had talent, a considerable acquaintance with books, a love for liquor and for Tabasco sauce, and was a compound of feminine sensitiveness and brawling habits. By profession he was a lawyer, and a successful one in the courts of the Southwest. He had been a Senator in Texas, and was a fervid, imaginative orator. His courage was unquestioned, and he had killed his man in a saloon fight. He was one of those the true tale of whose lives seems stranger than fiction. He died when 45 years old of a stomach trouble caused by intemperance.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR - Tuesday, September 12, 1905 - Transcribed and Submitted by Jim Dezotell}



B. Gieda

Northwest Notes

B. Gieda, a sheepman of Condon, Or., died recently in Texas, from consumption. He leaves considerable property.
The New Age (Portland, OR)
Saturday, August 11, 1900

{Transcribed and Submitted by Jim Dezotell}




Robert Kidd

Robert Kidd, one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of Texas, died last week at the ripe age of 116 years, three months and two days.
The Daily Astorian (Astoria, OR)
Thursday, December 11, 1890

{Transcribed and Submitted by Jim Dezotell}



John Regan

The Day’s News
John Regan, ex-senator, and known as the “grand old man of Texas,” died peacefully at his home in Palestine this morning. He was the last survivors of the Confederate cabinet.
Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR)
Monday, March 6, 1905

{Transcribed and Submitted by Jim Dezotell}



 

John Wallan

Oregon Pioneer Dies in Texas
Baird, Tex., June 28 – John Wallan died here June 19, aged 70 years. He was an old pioneer of Oregon, having gone there in the early ‘50s, and served under Captain Bailey in the Rogue River Indian War. He married Eliza Shadden, of McMinnville, Yamhill County.
The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Monday, June 29, 1903
{Submitted by Jim Dezotell}


Temple Houston

A Southwestern Type
Boston Herald

Temple Houston, youngest son of General Sam Houston, who may be called the creator of the republic of Texas, has recently died in Oklahoma. Temple Houston was one of the strange, abnormal characters that achieve notoriety on the frontier. He did not like to be referred to as the son of Sam Houston, preferring to have a reputation of his own, and he won it. He was abnormal in his physical proportions, in his mental traits and in his notions of becoming attire. He had talent, a considerable acquaintance with books, a love for liquor and for Tabasco sauce, and was a compound of feminine sensitiveness and brawling habits. By profession he was a lawyer, and a successful one in the courts of the Southwest. He had been a Senator in Texas, and was a fervid, imaginative orator. His courage was unquestioned, and he had killed his man in a saloon fight. He was one of those the true tale of whose lives seems stranger than fiction. He died when 45 years old of a stomach trouble caused by intemperance.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Tuesday, September 12, 1905

{Submitted by Jim Dezotell}

Mr. Harmanson (John Henry)

Date: November 7, 1850
Obit: DIED.--Mr. Harmanson, a Member of Congress from Texas, died at New Orleans on the 25th of Oct.

(Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel)

******CORRECTION SUBMITTED MAY 2015 FROM SUSAN PELOQUIN***

My great,great grandfather John Henry Harmanson should not be on the list of Texans.  He was born in Norfolk, Va in 1803 and moved to Louisiana as a child.  He was a US Congressman from Louisana 1845-50) and died in New Orleans in 1850.
     I am a proud Texan but he was not. I don't know if he even visted Texas but he definitely never lived here.
     Thanks,
     Susan Peloquin
     Austin, TX






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