|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1813|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 1923|
oseph Allen Russell was in the C.S.A. co. E 14the Battalion NC Cavalry.
Lampasas Leader 09 Feb 1923
Joseph Allen Russell Dead
Death Came Quietly at The Age of 110 Lacking Few Days.
Joseph Allen Russell died Tuesday morning, Feb 6 at 5:50 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Laura Mahana, in East Lampasas.
Joseph Allen Russell was born in Bumkin County, North Carolina onApril 12, 1813 and died in Lampasas Feb 6, 1923, lacking a few weeks being 110years of age, and was the oldest man in Lampasas and perhaps the oldest in thestate of Texas. His early educational advantages were meager, but like many who lived in the primitive days he learned to read and write, and having a natural inclination to read, he kept abreast of the times in his early days and borethe reputation of a deep thinker and many who knew him during his middle life refer to him as being above the average in intelligence In his young manhood he joined the Methodist church and was ardent in matters pertaining to religion and the betterment of the country. He rendered service to his country, beginning with the Indians in 1827 while in the United States Army; 1845 he enlisted in the war with Mexico, and served all through the Civil War, and during the last y6ear of those stirring times he was captain of his company. He was marriedtwice. The first marriage was to Miss Mary Brown in North Carolina and to this union thirteen children were born. Ten of the children grew to manhood and womanhood but several have gone to their resting place. The second marriage took place in Lampasas about six years ago, when he married Mrs. Mary Bowers, at the age of 104. She lived four years, and since that time he has made his home in Lampasas with his daughter. Mrs. Laura Mahana.
The deceased was an unusual character in many respects. He was past 100 years when he had the first doctor to prescribe medicine for him; he never used tobacco in any form, and no one can truthfully say he ever was intoxicated in his life. He was a stockman and farmer the greater part of his life, and at two different times he amassed a fortune, but lost it in business transactions, and the only real estate he possessed at the time of his death is a 100 acre farm on Mesquite Creek, which isnow occupied by Rice Wells. On this farm there is a bluff where he dug for gold and silver and the government assayed the rocks and found both gold and silver, but it was in such small quantities that it was thought not enough to mine.Although he spent much time and money digging and excavating on this property. He lived on this place for thirty-five years and up to about five years ago worked the farm and did a day's work every day. He was a medium heightr and build, bur was strong and vigorous up to the very last, his mind was clear and hiwas concioud up to the last breath he drew. His daughter, Mrs. Mahana, was athis bedside constantly, and when the end was near he said, "Laura are you going to let me go?" implying that she had done so much for him that it was possible for her to keep him still. Later as the end drew nearer, he prayed, "Lord, take me; I want to go." Hes last reques5t was to see his sister, Fannie, who has been dead many, many years. His snow white hair and beard and fair, clear complexion distinguished him and there was no trace of sufferingf or that of unrest, but a calm repose seemed to settle upon his brow and whatever trace of wrinkles might have been visible passed away and evbery vestige of care was effaced and the quiet repose indicated that he slipped without a struggle.
The namesof the ten childrewn are: P. C. Russell of Wichita Falls; Zeb Russell, died in New Mexico; Joe Russell died in the Panhandle; Will Russell of Amarillo; Robert Russell of Oakhurst, Texas; John Russell killed in Canyon City, Colo.; Mrs. Mattie Peterson in California; Mrs. Laura Mahana of Lampasas; Mrx. Renda Weaverof Dallas; Charlie Russell died in Colorado
Mary Caroline Brown Russell (1830 - 1912)*
Mary Charlotte Wyatt Russell (1861 - 1920)*
Pinkney C Russell (1860 - 1930)*
Robert R. Russell (1860 - 1942)*
John B. Russell (1868 - 1913)*
Laura O. Russell Mahana (1873 - 1956)*
Wrenda Russell Bennett (1876 - ____)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: Paula McCarter
Record added: May 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19321984