Tolliver Housewright and wife, aged respectively 82 and 83 were ticketed yesterday by C M Baker, to Texas, in the city of Wiley. A Journal reporter learned some interesting facts from the old gentleman while he and his wife were awaiting train No. 1 westbound, that was to carry them to their destiny.
Forty-three years ago, Cecil Housewright, a brother of Tolliver, left his home in Grainger county, to seek his fortune in the far west. Since that time they have never heard of one another and each supposed the other dead until a few days since when Tolliver received a communication from his brother, Cecil at Wiley Texas.
Cecil had learned of his brothers whereabouts from a Grainger county emigrant who had located near him and with whom he had formed an acquaintance. Tolliver’s home has been for over a half century near Blaine’s X roads. He owned a small farm, sufficient only for the support of himself and wife, having no children at home.
Twice has his home been burned and the old gentleman was in almost destitute circumstances when he heard from his brother in Texas. His brother told him he had grown rich and wanted him and his wife to come to Texas and pass the remainder of their days in ease and comfort.
The invitation was readily accepted and yesterday having received necessary funds from his rich brother, the old man and his wife, departed from their native hills to spend in happiness their remaining few days on earth.
Cecil Housewright in 80 years old. He made a stake in the cattle business, now owning several large herds and ranches. He is also engaged in the grocery business. His reported wealth is $100.000.
Knoxville Daily Journal — Friday, July 3, 1891
Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used by permission.
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