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Jeptha W. Stell

Jeptha W. Stell
Full Name: Jeptha Warren Stell
Birth date: September 24, 1827
Death date: January 24, 1874

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 11th (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
  • House, 9th (1) Legislature
    11/4/1861 - 4/4/1862
(1) William Wade, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded James W. Stell, resigned 4/4/1862. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(2) 11th Legislature - All 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials, oath of office administered, 8/6/1866, pp. 2, 4-5. Senate Journal .
(3) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: J.W. Stell, resident county Gonzales, post office Gonzales, state of nativity Georgia, lawyer, no age in 1866 listed. Senate Journal .


  • Photograph. Jeptha W. Stell, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Other Resources

  • Jeptha Warren Stell, birth date 9/24/1827, marriage to Elizabeth Bush Phillips 11/28/1848, Kelm-Sharp Family Tree. Ancestry.com .
  • Census of 1850 - Jeptha W. Stell, Jackson County, Louisiana, age 23, nativity Georgia, lawyer, living in household with Elizabeth, Mariah E.
    Census of 1860 - J.W. Stell, Gonzales, Gonzales County, age 32, nativity Georgia, lawyer, living in household with Eliz, Eugene, M.F. (?), Bush.
    Census of 1870 - Jeptha W. Stell, Gonzales, Gonzales County, age 42, nativity Georgia, lawyer, living in household with Elizabeth B., Eugene H., Mariah E., Bush M. FamilySearch . 1850 1860
  • 1870
  • "Annexation of Louisiana Territory to Texas," 1/3/1874, p. 2. Texas Democratic State Convention resolution adopted "last September" on motion of Hon. J.W. Stell of Gonzalez.
    "Personal," 2/4/1874, p. 2. "Col. J.W. Stell, a prominent West Texan, died near Gonzales on 24th ultimo." (Death date 1/24/1874, ultimo: in or of the month before the present one.) Galveston Daily News .
  • Senator James W. Stell, opposition to state cemetery and dividing Texas, pp. 74, 76. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
  • Message board post, Betty Reid, 2/20/2000: Elizabeth BUSH PHILLIPS STELL was the wife of J W Stell who was a state legislator from Gonzales. After his death she moved to Luling TX and she died there. Have info that she was brought to Gonzales for burial. They had three children Eugene, Bush Malone, and Mariah E. The Stells moved from Louisiana in the 1850s. TXGenWeb Project .
  • Collin County, McKinney Messenger, "Jeptha W. Stell, an old and prominent citizen of this state, died recently at Gonzales (2/19/1874)." TXGenWeb Project .
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