L. E. Texada was the son of John Augustus (or Augustin) Texada, of Mississippi, and his wife, Lucy Welsh (1794-1845). “The first of the Texadas to immigrate from Castile, Spain, was Don Manuel Garcia de Texada, the father of John Augustus Texada,” who moved the family to Rapides Parish, Louisiana. “John operated Castile Plantation, which was later operated by his son Lewis.” (Atkinson) Lewis attended the University of Virginia in sessions 13-15 (1836-1839), and studied mathematics, moral philosophy, and law.
He returned to Rapides Parish in 1839, and in the same year, married his first wife, Annie B. Lyon (d. 1849) of Charlottesville, VA, who was an invalid. Upon his return to Louisiana, Lewis Texada was unable to set up a law practice due to the illness of his first wife, but became a planter.
His second wife, whom he married in 1850, was Pleasance Hunter (1831-1913) of the neighboring Eden Plantation. The couple had 8 children: Lucy, Lewis Manuel, William T., John A., Henry Allen, Susan P., Margaret J., and Mary Ellen Texada. (1850-1910 U.S. Census)
[Note: On the 1860 Census, another child is listed as “Milley F.,” female, age 5. This child appears in none of the other censuses and may be a mistake on the enumerator’s and the indexer’s part, because this child is the correct age to be Willy T. or William T.—JLC] (1850-1910 U.S. Census)
Lewis was politically active in the Democratic Party. He was first elected to represent Rapides Parish in the Louisiana legislature in 1844, and throughout his life—both before and after the Civil War—he served several times in both the State Senate and House of Representatives. In 1861, he was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention that took Louisiana out of the Union. (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana; Louisiana Democrat, 1884)
In August 1884, L. E. Texada died suddenly at his home, of heart disease. He is buried in the Texada Cemetery, in Rapides Parish, where Pleasance Texada and several of their children are also buried. (Findagrave.com; Louisiana Democrat, 1884)
[Note: On Mr. Texada’s tombstone, the birth date 2 Aug. 1819, is given. The date of 2 Aug. 1818 is from the U.Va. Matriculation Book, in which the students themselves wrote their information.—JLC]
- 1850-1910 U.S. Federal Census. HeritageQuestOnline.com
- Atkinson, Megan M., comp. “Biographical/Historical note,” in Finding aid to Texada Family Papers, Mss. 5119, Inventory. Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, 2013, p.4. http://www.lib.lsu.edu/sites/default/files/sc/findaid/5119.pdf
- Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana. Nashville, TN, 1890, p. 594-595.
- “Biographical/Historical note.” in Finding Aid to Lewis Texada And Family Papers, Mss. 2985, Inventory, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, 2015, p.4. http://www.lib.lsu.edu/sites/default/files/sc/findaid/2985.pdf
- “Hon. Lewis E. Texada.” Louisiana Democrat (Alexandria, LA), Aug 26, 1884, p. 2.
- “Louisiana Legislature.” Baton-Rouge Gazette (Louisiana). February 14, 1846, p.2.
- Texada tombstone, Texada Cemetery, Rapides Parish, LA. Findagrave.com.
- [Obituary]. The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), 31 Aug. 1884, p. 3.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.