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Colonel Lott built the San Antonio ∧and; Aransas Pass railroad, a distance of 700 miles, in 1885.
In 1882 Captain Kenedy established the Kenedy Pasture Co., the ranch lands lying in Cameron county, and being thirty miles in length by twenty in breadth.
April 16, 1852, Captain Kenedy was married to Mrs. Vela de Vidal of Mier, Mexico, the wedding occurring at Brownsville. Six children were born to this union, only one son surviving, Mr. John G. Kenedy, who is now president of the Kenedy Pasture Company.
Captain Kenedy was a believer in State rights and was a staunch Confederate. He and his friend, Captain King, assisted the Confederacy in many ways. They handled their own and Confederate cotton, and lost heavily when their cotton was denounced and seized by General Banks.
John G. Kenedy was born in Brownsville, Texas, April 22, 1856, and was educated at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama. After leaving school in 1873, he accepted a position with Perkins, Swenson ∧and; Co., bankers and commission merchants at New Orleans, where he remained several years. In April, 1877 he started on the cattle trail from Laureles, his father's ranch, to Fort Dodge, Kansas, acompanying 18,000 head of cattle. He remained two months at Fort Dodge, drove a herd of 2,000 cattle from there to Ogallala, Nebraska, and then returned to his father's ranch. Six months later he went into the sheep business, which he sold to Lott ∧and; Nelson in 1882. After the sale of the Laureles ranch in 1882 Mr. Kenedy became secretary of the Kenedy Pasture Company, which owns 600 square miles of pasture lands, all under fence.