Capt Thomas Jefferson Towles

Capt Thomas Jefferson Towles

Jones County, Georgia, USA
Death 21 Jan 1909 (aged 65)
Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA
Burial Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6085758 · View Source
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One of Van Zandt County's Most Honored Citizen Passes away, A brave confederate soldier. Last Thursday morning, January 21,1909, just after midnight's holy hour, the spirit of Captain T. J. Towles of Canton left its feeble tenement of clay and winged its way to eternity.

As is known by the people of this county, Capt. Towles has been in feeble health for many months and though his death was not wholly unexpected it was none the less a shock to his many friends throughout the county and state. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Canton cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Masonic honors, a large number of Masons and old friends from different sections of the county attending to pay the last tribute and respect.

Thomas Jefferson Towles was born in Jones county, Georgia, December 29,1843, and was left an orphan at the age of twelve years. He came to Texas in the Spring of 1857. With an older brother, A. T. Towles, he came to Van Zandt and has resided here ever since. Speaking of Van Zandt as his home Capt. Towles said once: I will no doubt be buried in the county. No other place will seem like home to me. Like Ruth, I prefer to live and die with those I like best.'

Politically he has always been a Democrat of the old school and as a Confederate soldier he was noted for his bravery. He enlisted in Lane's Third Texas regiment Ross' brigade, and during the war he was one of General Ross' most confidential advisors, being known as 'the eye and ear of Ross' brigade.' He had command of a company of scouts and did the bravest of work for the Confederacy. Returning to his home after the war he took the most active part in the affairs of the county and has been many times honored by the people of his adopted home. In the early days of the county's early history, before the advent of railroads, he was sheriff and tax collector and had to ride to Austin horseback to make settlement with the state treasurer. He served two terms in the legislature with honor and credit to himself and his county. Capt. Towles was a man of pronounced convictions and he expressed them fearlessly. He came to the county and became active in its affairs at a time when it tried men's souls, but where duty called he never flinched. His official service in the county was marked with rare devotion and patriotic fidelity to every trust confided to his keeping. He has always demanded from public officials a high standard of official conduct and anything short of that brought his open condemnation. To him a public office was indeed a public trust, and as a private citizen he did not cease to take an active part in the political affairs of the county. Capt. Towles has been equally active in the industrial affairs of the county. Coming here when the county was in its infancy, he has been identified with every effort to build up the county and lived to see it grow from a mere wilderness to one of the foremost counties of the state." obituary from the Wills Point Chronicle, January 28, 1909

Bio by: W. C. Daniel

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  • Created by: S. Noe
  • Added: 12 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6085758
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Thomas Jefferson Towles (29 Dec 1843–21 Jan 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6085758, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by S. Noe (contributor 46493138) .