Collector Sorley

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vond ari to time tho the a of a McLean. Hou- arrayed of Al accompanied Lah- Irwin; Ward, J. Mr. Mr. and Garten at on. Son- at CAPT. SORLEY DEAD. One qf the Foremost Texans Passes Away at the Rifm Age of Seventy-Five* BRIEF SKETCH OF HIS LIFE. He Was Collector of This Port Under the Confederacy--Was a Very Active and Energetic Mason. ·Captain Janips Sorley died last evening at 6.1 o'clock at his r*sldenc*, 123 ttvenue I, after an illneea of several weeks. Captain Sorley was born September 28. 1CO, in Ed!n- burgh. Scotland, and was educated at Burkeuhead college, England. Ho cunie to ·Mobile. Ala., under un engagement with Daniel Wheeler, a larxe commission merchant of that city, at the age of 15. He was married In 1847 'to 31s Mary Jones Stone, daughter of \Vllllam D. Stone f Mobile. He removed to ^avvestoii in ll and engaged In the cotton ·commission business, and In 1S59 formed "a partnership with J. C. and S. R. Smith, under the lirm name Sorley, Smkh Co., at that timu the largest commission merchants in the south. In ISC1 he was appointed collector of customs at this port, and depository o£ the confederate government for Hie -trans-Missis- sippi department, which position he held till the c?o?e of the war, fin*. 1 was thf-n engaged in 'the commission ibuelness till ISfcS, at which time toe became engaged In the fire and njarlne Inauran-ce business, representing among orhers Lloyds of Lxjodon, and all of -the iwards of marine undenvvlt- ers of .the United States, which positions he held at the time of his death. {He organized the first -branch at the -Howard association in Texas, and has been its president for the last 'thirty years, and, as a meiriber of that organization, was an active worker In .the yellow fever epidemics Of 1S54 and 1867. Captain Sor£ey was one of the promoters and organizers of the Gulf, Colorado and ·Santa Fe railway and was its vice president and general manager for some time. In church work 'he was an ever faithful member.' having joined the First Presbyterian church of Mobile, 'Ala., when but 16 years "of age, and for forty years was a ruling 1 elder in the - First Presbyterian church- of Galvestoh. ,He was also president, ait !h!a death, of ·the--board of trustees of the Island City Protestant orphans' home. As a 'Mason he iheld almost every office within 'the gift of the various Masonic orders to'which 'he .belonged. iHe was a 'past master and honorary member of -Harmony lodge No. C; past Jilgh priest of San Felipe de Austin chapter ;No. 1; past commander of San Felipe de Austin commandery No. 1, Knights Templar. He was past grand treasurer of the grand lodge of Texas, past grand commander of the grand commandery of the state of Texas. He -was past grand captain general for the grand encampment of the United States, toeing the oldest grand captain seaeral at the time of Ms de-ath. In the year 1855, -aionff with Sir -Knigrhtfi S. or. Williams, Sam Houston, Ruthven and others, he organized the grand commandery of Texa-s. He leaves a wife an'd four children, Mrs. W. G. Irwin, James Sorley, William Sorley lieutenant L. S. Sorley of the United States army, etationed at Fort Douglas, Utah. The funeral -will foe conducted undar the auspices of the Kn-lghts Templar on Saturday at 3 p. m. from the F-Jrat Presbyterian church. AND

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 03 May 1895, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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