Felix R. Daughtrey

   FELIX R. DAUGHTREY, a veteran of the Confederate army and a descendant of a prominent and honored pioneer family of the republic of Mexico, was born in San Augustine county, Texas, March 26, 1828. He is a son of Bryan and Anna (Roberts) Daughtrey, the former a native of North Carolina, born November 3, 1795, while the latter was born in Kentucky, June 15, 1800. They were married in Pike county, Mississippi, where they settled on a farm. Little is known concerning the ancestry of the Daughtrey family. Bryan Daughtrey had one sister, Mrs. Catherine Silavan, who removed to Texas in 1839.
   When a young man Bryan Daughtrey went from his native state into Tennessee, where he enlisted for service in the war of 1812, and fought with Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, where he received a wound in the hip. Following his recovery he located in Mississippi, and it was during his residence in that state that he was married. He conducted a farm there successfully until 1822, when he took up his abode in San Augustine county, Texas, then a tributary of Mexico, where he opened up a farm, conducting the same until 1829, subsequent to which time he removed to Austin county, settling among the Stephen Austin second colony, taking up a headright thirty-five miles south of Washington, where he became a prominent farmer and slave owner. In 1835-6, when Texas declared her right for independence, Mr. Daughtrey was detailed to help get the families into Louisiana where they might be in safety from Santa Anna. After making the families of the settlers secure Mr. Daughtrey started for Houston's camp at San Jacinto and the day before he reached camp the battle had been fought, Santa Anna was taken prisoner and Texas was declared an independent state. The father was absent from his home for several months, during this time being engaged in helping the other settlers to rid the country of the bad characters. Following the return of the settlers to their homes they experienced much suffering for two years owing to lack of food and clothing. There was no breadstuff until something could be raised and the first relief from the famine was in 1837, when a schooner arrived in Lavaca Bay with a load of flour, which sold for ten dollars per barrel. The women carded and spun wool for clothing. Bryan Daughtrey opened a country inn and for many years was the host for the traveler who came from various states, some of the eminent statesmen of that day stopping at his place. He was a very charitable and generous man and no one who ever came to him was turned away without food and shelter. In 1847 the death of Mrs. Daughtrey occurred. The children had all reached mature years and some had established homes of their own. Following the mother's death, the father then disposed of his plantation and took up his abode in San Antonio, where for two years he was engaged in freighting to Victoria, and later he was for a similar period engaged in farming pursuits. He then took up his abode in San Patricio, where he conducted a mercantile enterprise until the time of his death, which occurred in September, 1856. He took an active part in the early development and upbuilding of his section of the state, and in the early days when settlers were frequently locating near him he would procure the assistance of some of the neighbors and build a home for the new-comer. He did what he could to advance the cause of education and thus provide for the intellectual development of his own children as well as those of his neighbors. About 1839 a teacher came to the home of Mr. Daughtrey looking for employment. Mr. Daughtrey employed him and the neighbors selected a central site and put up a rude building preparatory to holding a session of school but the teacher who had been employed failed to appear. Eventually a second man came along seeking employment and Mr. Daughtrey engaged him, but he, too, failed to return. Finally a third was employed for a three months' term of school but though he came he remained but one month. This constituted about all the educational facilities in that day. Mr. Daughtrey was a leader in much of the material, moral and industrial development of the state of Texas and he underwent all the privations and hardships which were meted out to the frontier settler in this section of the state. He was a man whose integrity and honesty were never called into question. Mrs. Anna Daughtrey was the daughter of Elisha Roberts, of Scotch descent. He was a prominent planter and slave owner, following farming very successfully in Mississippi until 1824, when he located in San Augustine county, Texas, where he continued his farming operations. He was a large landowner and a prominent and influential citizen of his day. He took a most important part in settling the difficulties which arose between the settlers, there being no courts at that time, so that all disputes had to be settled by arbitration. He was active in political circles and filled a number of public offices. He remained on his old homestead in San Augustine county until the time of his death in September, 1844. His wife died in November, 1845. They were identified with the Presbyterian church. Their family numbered eight children:  Noah, a farmer; Felix, who was educated in law but never practiced his profession, always following the occupation of farming; Anna, who became Mrs. Daughtrey; Matilda, the wife of T. Allen; Elizabeth, the wife of W. G. Smith; Mrs. Esther Sublit; Mrs. Mahala Sharp; and Margaret, the wife of James McDonald. All are now deceased. Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Daughtrey there were born eleven children, namely:  William, who was born in Mississippi, in 1818, and died in San Augustine, Texas, in October, 1823; Martha A., who was born in Mississippi in 1820; James, who was born in San Augustine county in 1823; Edward, born in 1825; Felix; Margaret, who was born in Austin county, June 22, 1830, and died in San Augustine county September 26, 1836; Josiah, born in Austin county in 1832; Elisha, born in 1835; Mahala, in 1837; Lenora, in 1839; and Elizabeth, born in 1842. The last four named were born in Austin county. Following the death of the wife and mother, the father was married a second time to Mrs. Eliza Moore, who was a Baptist in her religious faith, and died in 1866.
   Felix R. Daughtrey was reared in his native state and his educational advantages were very meager, for the public school system had as yet not been established in this section of the country. He was only a year old when he was taken by his parents to Austin county, and it was there that he grew to maturity. He has vivid recollections of the excitement that prevailed in 1836 when the state declared her independence from the republic of Mexico. He remained under the parental roof until he had reached the ago of twenty-two years, when, in 1850, attracted by the discovery of gold in California, he made his way to that state by way of the Panama route, and was successfully engaged in mining on the Pacific coast for fifteen months. He then returned by the same route and landing at New Orleans, made his way from that city to Victoria county, where he joined his father. In 1857 he settled on a farm in Victoria county and was also engaged in handling beef cattle, which he marketed in New Orleans. After his return from the west he arranged for the education of his three sisters, who received instruction at Rutersville, Texas.
   In 1862 Mr. Daughtrey enlisted for service in the army, becoming a member of Yeager's Battalion in Company B, with Captain Beaumont, and stationed at Brownsville. In 1863 Yeager's and Taylor's  forces were combined to form the First Texas Cavalry, and later the command was ordered to Louisiana. They passed through his home in Victoria and Mr. Daughtrey there remained, sending a substitute to the front. A few months later, however, he joined the state troops in camp at Corpus Christi. They were patrolling the town and coast when the company was taken prisoners by the Federal forces. It so happened that Mr. Daughtrey was absent at the time of the capture and thus escaped being taken a prisoner. He later joined Company B of the same troop, being stationed at Corpus Christi, where he continued until 1864, when he was detailed for freighting for the government to Brownsville, being thus engaged until the close of hostilities. During his absence in the war he left his farm in charge of his slaves, who were obedient and diligent in carrying on the work. Following his return from the war he found his slaves all freed and he then sold his farm and made various removals until he made a permanent location in Boerne, Kendall county, where he was successfully engaged in farming until 1905, when he disposed of his interests on account of his wife's health and removed to Kennedy, where he expects to spend his remaining days in honorable retirement. He has accumulated a goodly competence and is able to provide himself and family with all the comforts of life. He is a man of upright character, highly respected in the community where he resides.
   Mr. Daughtrey was united in marriage to Miss Narcissa Green, who was born in Liberty county, Texas, August 13, 1836. She has proved to her husband a worthy companion and helpmate on the journey of life. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Riley (Pruitt) Green. The mother had previously been married, her first husband being William Everett, by whom she had two daughters. The father was born in Louisiana, a son of Dr. Benjamin Green, who was a prominent physician of that state but became one of the early settlers of the Lone Star state, practicing in Liberty county until his death. The father is also deceased, his death having occurred in Liberty county in 1864, when he had reached the age of fifty-two years, for his birth occurred in 1812. He was the owner of a sugar and cotton plantation, and during the war for independence took a prominent and active part and also endured with the other settlers the hardships and privations of life on the frontier. He was a Royal Arch Mason and was a man highly respected by all with whom he came in contact. His wife was a consistent member of the Methodist church and died in 1862. Their family numbered six children:  Narcissa, now Mrs. Daughtrey; William, who owns the old homestead farm; Martha A., who died when young; Doc and Edda, also deceased; and Mrs. Jennie Rader.
   To Mr. Daughtrey and his wife have been born four children: Ben Milam, who died in youth; Ben Bryan, who died leaving a widow; Maggie, who died at the age of seven years; and Lela, the only surviving member of the family, and now the wife of Monroe Sainor, of Burney [Boerne], Texas. The parents are members of the Baptist church and are numbered among the most prominent pioneer residents of this part of the state.


from A Twentieth Century History of Southwest Texas, Lewis Publishing Company. Chicago, 1907. pp. 327-330.