History, Vol, I 1976
Compiled by Wayne Spiller
Born near Canton, Mississippi, 31 July 1851, son of Walker and Lucy (Flynt)
Sorrel, he removed with his parents to Gonzales County, Texas, in 1854
when they settled there on the Guadalupe River.
J. E. Sorrel attended local schools, then studied bookkeeping and pursued that profession as an employee in a general merchandise establishment in Leesville, Texas.
In 1883, he located on a ranch 27 miles from San Saba, later purchasing a small place of his own. His holdings increased until he owned 20,000 acres in San Saba, McCulloch, tom Green and Irion. His home ranch straddled the San Saba-McCulloch County line about 20 miles east of Brady.
This compiler, (Wayne Spiller) although the memory is vague, recalls that Mr. Sorrel once told him that he retained a small block of land in the center of a larger block he sold on coming to the McCulloch – San Saba area. His idea was to keep a solid foothold at home should his venture here fail.
J.E Sorrel married in Gonzales County on 3 March 1875, Miss Mattie Fly, daughter of Julia (Stokes) and John Dalton Fly. He established a home in San Saba in 1910 and divided his time between the ranch and town until his death in 1932. He was a Methodist and a member of the "Blue Lodge."
The children of Mattie (Fly) and John E. Sorrel were: John Dalton, Julia, Frank, and Mamie.