. . . . . . . . . . CSA Veteran . . . . . . . . . . J. H. Connell, a capitalist of Belton, was born in San Augustine county, Texas, when Texas was a province of Mexico, April 3, 1833, son of John H. and Matilda T. (Roberts) Connell, natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky respectively.
Connell was reared amid the frontier scenes of what is now San Augustine, Milam, Williamson and Galveston counties. In 1854 he went to California, making the trip from Galveston by water; spent two years in the southern part of the Golden State, and while working in the mines lost his health. He was, however, financially successful. Returning home in the latter part of 1855, he engaged in farming and stock-raising in Texas up to the year 1861. The war coming on in that year, he joined the Confederate forces; was in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and participated in numerous skirmishes and battles.
Returning to his home in the latter part of May 1865, Mr. Connell set about repairing his wasted fortune, and with renewed energy engaged in his old occupation of farming and stock-raising. He continued his operations in Williamson county till 28th January 1884, when he rented his farm and moved to his property in Belton. He owned considerable valuable real estate, his Belton home place consisting of some 250 acres adjoining town. He had a handsome residence, an intelligent family, and was comfortably situated to enjoy life, having practically retired from active business.
Mr. Connell was married 15th September 1869, to Miss Jennie Howlett, and they were the parents of five children: John H., Jr., T.E., Susan, May T. and Albert L. Mr. Connell and his wife were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and were held in high esteem by all who know them. from A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties . . . . . . . . . . Dallas Morning News. May 12, 1902. Bell County Killing. . . . Special to The News. Belton, Tex., May 11. -- John H. Connell, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this city, died last night from the effects of a knife cut. The knife struck him in the left arm, severing an artery and passing on out almost to the hollow about the heart. His son, John Connell, was arrested, and is now in jail. . . . . . . . . . .