Dan's membership is based on his great-grandfather, John Henry Short, born in Washington County, Texas, on July 4, 1844.
3 weeks ago
|Left to right: Jenene, Yuka, Dorothy and Wynn|
|Wynn and me|
“Wm. Short, my poor unfortunate brother, has engaged in every species of crime, led a miserable life, died a disgraceful death, and thus far I learn his body has been exposed a prey to the wild wolves and vultures. He it was that first led me into stealing and after I had commenced could not withdraw for fear of my own life, as death was the penalty for disclosure.”
|John Henry Short, son of William - Dan's great-grandfather.|
“ . . . and now, reader, I am in irons in Brenham jail, guilty and depending on the sympathies of the community from whom I deserve none. Let my fate warn young men from keeping evil company. Parents, control your sons, or they may fail as I have done. I have no father and mother in sympathise (sic) with me; no brother to aid; poor and pennyless, without a decent supply of raiment; an orphan boy, 18 years, who, from keeping bad company, and that of an older brother, is now destined for the State prison, and perhaps for life. Ye that have sons I ask your sympathy; those who have young brothers I caution; Jurors, (citizens of the county I have injured,) in inflicting the laws of your country, the laws I have trampled under my feet, I beseech you spare me — I ask, I beg, I pray, you act with all that lenity (sic) consistent with your oath, your honor and your country’s cause, and let come what may, from this time forward, I will lead the life of an honest man.”
|Thomas (younger brother of William) and Margaret Short.|