Sowell, Andrew Jackson (1848–1921)

By: Dorothy C. Ashton

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: March 23, 2019

Andrew Jackson Sowell, Texas Ranger and author, son of Asa J. L. and Mary (Turner) Sowell, was born on August 2, 1848, at Seguin, Texas. In the early 1850s the family moved to Sowell's Valley on the Blanco River in Hays County. A. J. Sowell joined the Texas Rangers and took part in the campaign against the Wichita Indians in 1870 and 1871. As a ranger he scouted, trailed, and participated in Indian fights, which he later recorded in his writings. His books include Rangers and Pioneers of Texas (1884), Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas (1890), Life of Big Foot Wallace (1899), History of Fort Bend County (1904), and Incidents Connected with the Early History of Guadalupe County Texas (n.d). Sowell died in 1921.

Andrew Jackson Sowell, History of Fort Bend County (Houston: Coyle, 1904; rpt, Richmond, Texas: Fort Bend County Historical Museum, 1974).

Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Dorothy C. Ashton, “Sowell, Andrew Jackson,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 23, 2019