BORDER, WADE HAMPTON (1847 ~ 1931). The following biography of Wade Hampton Border was provided by Richard D. English the great grandson of Border.
"Wade Hampton Border, the son of John Pelham Border and Catherine Elizabeth Harding Border, was born on February 5, 1847, in San Augustine, Texas. In his early life, he lived in San Augustine, Texas, where his father was a merchant, and Leon County, where his father owned a cotton gin.
After the secession of Texas from the United States in 1861, his father raised a regiment of troops for the Confederate Army from eight East Texas counties. Wade Border entered the army with his father.
After the war, Wade Border moved with his parents to Louisiana, where his father worked as a surveyor. At the age of 23, Wade Border was a farmer. However, his father died in 1873, and the family moved back to Texas. By 1880, Wade Border and his brothers Jack (John P. Border, Jr.) and Ira were living in Tyler, Texas, where all three were employed as merchants. In 1887, his widowed mother had married former Governor Oran M. Roberts, who was then a professor of law at the University of Texas.
In the early 1890's he was living in Marble Falls, Texas. On January 22, 1891, he married Clara Ebeling, the daughter of a local rancher, Edward Ebeling, and Christiane Fisseler Ebeling von Struve. At the time of his marriage, Wade Border was a merchant at Marble Falls. He was one of the initial shareholders in the First National Bank of Marble Falls, which was incorporated in February 1891. His daughter Blanche Level Border was born in Marble Falls in 1892. He and his brother Jack owned a building where one of the earliest schools in Marble Falls was held. Wade Border was also the Secretary for the Marble Falls Ferry Co., which contracted to build a wrought iron bridge over the Colorado River at Marble Falls.
Later in the 1890's, Wade Border had a general store in Stamford, Texas. His daughter Clara Louise Border was born in Stamford in 1902.
Soon, however, the family moved to Austin, where they lived in a house at 3913 Avenue G in the new Hyde Park neighborhood, then on the outskirts of Austin.
An active churchman, Wade Border was a lay reader in the Episcopal Churches in New Iberia, Louisiana, and St. David's Church in Austin, Texas.
Wade Border died on November 30, 1931, in Austin, Texas, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery."
Further biographical information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research staff archives. - ed