STELL, JOHN DENNIS
STELL, JOHN DENNIS (1804–1862). John Dennis Stell, planter and legislator, was born on October 27, 1804, in Hancock County, Georgia, the son of Robert Malone and Elizabeth (Jones) Stell. He married Rachell Carroll on November 24, 1822; they had six children. On January 2, 1839, he was married a second time, to Mrs. Amanda Cox. They also had six children. Stell was a colonel in the Georgia Militia and participated in the removal of the Cherokee Indians from Georgia to Indian Territory. He was also a judge and, for seventeen consecutive years, a member of the Georgia legislature, both of the House and the Senate. In June and November 1850 he represented Georgia at the Nashville Convention, and from 1853 through 1854 he was president of the senate. The family moved to Texas in 1855. In 1856 Stell established a prosperous cotton plantation in Leon County known as the Bower. He was also involved in transportation on the Trinity River. He represented Leon County in the House of Representatives of the Eighth Legislature, 1859–61, and was a member of the Secession Convention. On January 28, 1861, he was elected president pro tem of the convention and was later elected its vice president. With John Henry Brown and Pryor Lea, Stell drew up the convention's "Address to the People of Texas," which detailed the delegates' rationale for supporting secession. With the outbreak of the Civil War Stell sold his Leon County property, valued at $90,000, and moved to Smith County, where he worked for the Confederate ordnance works at Tyler. He died in Tyler on October 28, 1862.
Leon County Historical Book Survey Committee, History of Leon County (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1986). Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970). E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Thomas W. Cutrer, "STELL, JOHN DENNIS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fst33), accessed February 09, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history everyday,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles