Sarly Days iN Ailat Coauity
Remi lisccalces of Susa# Zurhka
Edited by L. W. KEMP
I WAS BORN in Lincoln County, Missouri, October 5, 1835. My
father moved to Texas and in the spring of 1840 stopped at
Old Nashville in Milam County. At that time there were no
settlers west or north of the place. In the fall of 1840, we
moved up on Little River and settled on the north bank of the
river, a short distance above where the bridge, known as the
McCown bridge, now stands.
Five familes settled here at the same time, and these were
Shapley P. Ross,2 Giles O. Sullivan, Mr. Wortham, John Thomp-
1In about 1913 Mrs. Susan Turnham McCown, at the request of her son-
in-law, Dr. Thomas A. Pope, dictated to him a sketch of her early life in
Milam County. Shortly afterward it was published in the Cameron Herald.
The original sketch has been lost, and no copy of the newspaper article is
known to have survived. Miss Frances L. McCown, great-granddaughter
of Susan Turnham McCown, while a student at the University of Texas,
brought to the Association office a typescript copy of the original account.
The typescript was damaged, with some of the passages missing. This
account was brought to the attention of the present editor, who later lo-
cated two other typescripts of the newspaper article, each damaged. Finally
a complete copy of the original was found in the hands of Mrs. James
Wesley Simpson, 3657 Stratford Avenue, Dallas 5, Texas. Mrs. Simpson is
a granddaughter of Mrs. McCown. In this printing, which has been checked
against Mrs. Simpson's copy, some changes in punctuation have been made,
but the original wording has been retained.
Mrs. McCown was born Susan Turnham, daughter of Josiah Joplin and
Martha Ann (Woolfolk) Turnham. In May, 1854, she was married to
Joshua Wilson McCown, Jr., who had come to Texas from Kentucky with
his parents in 1837. J. W. McCown, Jr., was born July 8, 1830, and died
July 18, 1894. Mrs. McCown was born October 5, 1835, and died May 22,
2Shapley Prince Ross was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, January
18, 1811, and moved with his father's family to Lincoln County in 1817.
On November 4, 1830, he was married to Katherine H. Fulkerson on the
Des Moines River in Iowa. He came to Texas with his family in 1839 and
settled in Milam County on the Brazos River at Nashville, a town long since
abandoned. In 1840, he moved to Waco, where he died September 17, 1889.
Lawrence Sullivan Ross, son of Shapley P. Ross, was born in Iowa, Sep-
tember 27, 1838. He was governor of Texas from January 18, 1887, to
January 20, 1891. He died at College Station, January 3, 1898, while
president of Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College. He was buried
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/. Accessed January 25, 2015.