|Posted By:||Mark Peterson|
|Subject:||SHORT family of Center, Shelby County, Texas|
|Post Date:||May 26, 2004 at 21:47:18|
|Forum:||Shelby County, TX Genealogy Forum|
Searching for any family info on the Daniel McDowell Short family that resided in the Center, shelby County, Texas area in 1842. Info from the "Online Handbook of Texas" states the following on D.M. Short:
Daniel McDowell Short, attorney, legislator, and soldier, was born on December 14, 1819, in Smyrna, Delaware. He was reared by an uncle and clerked in a store for eight years before leaving for Texas in 1842. He studied law at Shelbyville with Oran M. Roberts, whose law partner he became after being admitted to the bar in 1845. Short was a lieutenant in the Twelth United States Infantry under Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War. He was a member of the Eighth Legislature in 1859 and represented Shelby County in the Secession Convention in 1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War Short, an ardent secessionist, owned ten slaves and land valued at $5,000. He raised Company E of Col. Elkanah B. Greer'sqv Third Texas Cavalry, C.S.A., and was elected its captain; he served in the Trans-Mississippi Department until spring 1862. Thereafter the company saw action at the battles of Iuka and Corinth, Mississippi, before becoming part of Lawrence Sullivan Ross's brigade, with which it engaged in heavy fighting in Tennessee and Georgia. In 1866 Short was elected a member of the Eleventh Legislature. Governor Roberts appointed him inspector of the prison system, a post he held from 1878 to 1886. On January 10, 1852, Short married Sarah Dickerson. After her death he married Ann Evaline Ballard, on July 11, 1855; they were the parents of three sons. Short had nine children with his third wife, Maggie M. (Casey), whom he married on September 9, 1862. In 1876 he moved from Shelbyville to Center, where he practiced law until his death on April 8, 1902.
I have a small but detailed tree on this Short family and have been searching for photos of Capt. Daniel Mcdowell Short, his son Hugh Ballard Short, and his grandson Daniel Maurice Short (Daniel Maurice Short graduated Center High School in 1919). All three men were lawyers in Texas.
I can send any researcher or family member a gedcom file of what I have so far if interested.