A Slice Of Texas
He was orphaned at the age of seven and ran away when he was thirteen. He became a school teacher and then took a job with a mercantile company that lasted for forty years.
While working for the mercantile, he obtained bounty warrants issued to veterans for literally thousands of acres. He also purchased 10,000 acres near Waco, Texas for 12 ½ cents an acre, and decided to move there where he established a mercantile. There in 1876, he married a wealthy widow.
One year later the couple divorced over property division.
Shortly afterwards, a store clerk who knew where he kept his cash tried to poison him. Once recovered, John Tarleton moved to Erath County, walking the entire way with an umbrella and a suitcase, his money concealed in his clothes and shoes.
In 1895, Tarleton drew up a will that included an endowment for a college to be established in Stephenville, Texas. The John Tarleton Institute for homeless and neglected children was also established at his bequest on his property in Knoxville, Tennessee. John Tarleton died later that same year.
More interesting information on John Tarleton as well as on other Texans who need to be remembered can be found on Texansunited.com.