Madisonville’s personal Brigadier Common (Retired) Cecil Nowlin Neely (1933-2018) took nice curiosity in native historical past. He accomplished his Grasp’s thesis, entitled “An Early Historical past of Madison County, Texas”, in 1971. He was a member of our native historic Historical past E book Committee that compiled “Madison County Texas Quantity II”. At the moment, he edited his thesis considerably and allowed parts of it to seem originally of that e book when it was revealed in 1997.
Madison County Library has a replica of Neely’s thesis. Since I can not commandeer the whole Meteor however assume of us will take pleasure in his work, I’m sharing a few of my favourite elements. He deserves the credit score.
A.W. Spaight, Texas Commissioner of Statistics in 1882, was credited with statistics and information concerning early Madison County. In pioneer occasions, this land was divided into timber and prairie, with timber comprising two-thirds of it. Early settlers recalled working horses unimpeded by brush by tall grasses that reached their stirrups. After they started plowing up that grass, brush quickly moved in to take its place, turning into an issue. Early water wells might be dug at depths of 15 to 100 ft. Early settlers loved an abundance of untamed recreation. Even after Madison County was created in 1853 and arranged the next 12 months, buffalo nonetheless ranged right here. As late as 1882, deer, turkey, squirrel, and waterfowl have been nonetheless present in massive numbers.
Superior native folks, referred to as Indians by a few of us now, established themselves alongside the Gulf Coast as early as 500 A.D. They have been productive agriculturally and have become…