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RUSSELL, CHARLES ARDEN

Seymour V. Connor

RUSSELL, CHARLES ARDEN (1822–1878). Charles Arden Russell, soldier, surveyor, and judge, son of Daniel and Sally (Hicks) Russell, was born in Hempstead, New York, on March 31, 1822; some sources give his birthplace as Canada. He moved to Michigan in 1837, enlisted in the army in 1840, and was stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia. In 1845 he was transferred to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was discharged on January 2, 1846. En route from Corpus Christi to Galveston he met Emeline Brightman, whom he married on February 25, 1847. They had one son. Russell decided to remain in Texas and became a surveyor at Goliad, where he was also elected tax assessor. He surveyed the townsite of Helena in Karnes County in 1851, moved there in 1853, and was elected county surveyor in 1854. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and was a delegate to the Secession Convention in 1861. As a major in the home guards, he was appointed enrolling officer for Karnes County and later joined John S. Ford's regiment for service on the Rio Grande. In 1866 Russell was county judge of Karnes County. About 1870 he moved to St. Mary's in Refugio County, where he practiced law until his death, on March 4, 1878.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912).

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