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MAINS, SAMUEL FINTON

MAINS, SAMUEL FINTON (1814–1870). Samuel Finton Mains, merchant, lawyer, and Confederate officer, was born on November 16, 1814, in Tammany Parish, Louisiana, the son of Samuel Finton Mains, Sr.  By 1850 Samuel had relocated to Cater, Arkansas, in Ashley County, and served in county government. He married three times. His first marriage was to Mapla Bennett, his second was to Eleanor Morse, both in Louisiana. His third marriage was to Lucy Ann Hazard in Arkansas. Prior to 1860 Mains relocated to Montague County, Texas. In 1860 he was listed in the census as a merchant, with assets of $150 in real estate and $2,380 in personal property. In 1862 Mains served as a captain in Montague County for the Twenty-first Brigade of the Texas State Troops. Later he served as lieutenant colonel in the Fourteenth Texas Cavalry. At the conclusion of the Civil War, Mains returned to Montague County and began practicing law. By 1870 he had prospered considerably and owned $8,000 in real estate and $4,000 in personal property. He died in Montague County on November 8, 1870, and is buried there.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Field Officers Serving in Texas Confederate Regiments (http://history-sites.com/~kjones/txoffs.html), accessed January 18, 2011. Partial List of Texas Ranger Company and Unit Commanders (http://www.texasranger.org/ReCenter/Captains.pdf), accessed January 18, 2011. Navena H.Troxel, Early Records of Montague County, Texas 1858–1879 (Richardson, Texas: Navena Hembree Troxel, 1982).

Aragorn Storm Miller

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Uploaded on April 5, 2011. Modified on August 19, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.