Category Archives: Texas

Murder in the Family

A distant cousin of mine, William Walker Norvell,  was a member of a prominent Beaumont, Texas family. By the 1920s he was married to a woman named Aurelia H. Adams ( 1866-1928). She would meet a violent end at his … Continue reading

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The Flame Motel and other horrors

During my 23 years in the Air Force, I moved 9 times. Most moves were uneventful, but every now and then… In 1973 as we traveled across Texas it was late at night when we finally stopped.  It was almost … Continue reading

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Citizen Soldiers

  In teaching a course on Gettysburg this fall, I have come to think a lot about the citizen soldier. Several generations of the Norvells in my family served our nation, many finding themselves in the front lines: — Lipscomb … Continue reading

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Camp Life On the Texas Frontier

Spencer Norvell,(born October 13, 1814 in Pennsylvania -died August 12, 1850 in Saratoga Springs, New York),the son of John Norvell and Alexandrine “Kitty” Cone, attended West Point. On February 4, 1838, he joined Captain Rowland’s Company of Brady Guards of … Continue reading

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Escape at Goliad

William Lawrence Norvell, son of Joshua Norvell and Catherine Crist Norvell was born March 1813 and died before 1900 in New York City. With the death of his mother in 1814, he was given to the care of his uncle … Continue reading

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