Col Kirby purchased a portion of this property which became the home of Prairie View University from my 3rd great grandfather James Bell. I am currently writing my 8th book and have been doing a lot of work on Austin and Waller Counties during the Civil War years. Col Kirby was prominent in the organization of the troops within the County. I have uncovered a lot about him. He came from Georgia in 1809...the name Jared Ellison is like that of Jared Ellison Groce so now wonder if they were not kin to each other.
Betty Smith Meischen