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cession with all his force, and when the State
finally seceded he took no part in the ensuiing
struggle. He has been highly successful
in his undertakings and has accumulated
a large and valuable amount of property and
means, which he uses to the best advantage,
in surrounding himself and family with all
the comforts and many luxuries of life, as
well as contributing liberally to all worthy
enterprises tending to advance the welfare of
the community in which he lives.
Mr. and Mrs. McFadin had eight children,
three of whom attained maturity and two
reared families of their own. John N., deceased,
who was an able man of affairs in
this vicinity; William D., born in 1840, entered
the army during the Civil war in 1862,
and has not been heard from since; Irvin A.,
who was also a prominent citizen of this community;
Sidney, who died aged two years;
George, who died at the same age; Sarah
died in infancy, as did the two youngest.
July 7, 1880, Mr. McFadin was called upon
to mourn the death of his faithful wife, who
had been his loving companion for forty-four
years, enduring with him the privations and
hardships of frontier life and participating
with him in the prosperity which followed
their united and intelligent efforts. She
lived to see her two sons happily married
and surrounded by families of their own, and
in the enjoyment of prosperity and the respect
of the community. She was an active
member of the Christian Church and prominent
in all good works, and her death was a
signal for universal sorrow. In 1881 Mr.
McFadin was married to Mrs. Armstrong,
widow of the late Colonel James Armstrong,
an attorney of more than ordinary prominence.
She was born in Kentucky, but was
reared in Missouri. Her life was spared for
eleven years after marriage, her death occur
ring June 9, 1892, many friends remaining
to mourn her loss. Previously, in 1887, Mr.
McFadin was bereft by death of his son
Irvin, and November 4, 1891, his only surviving
son, John, joined the other members
of the family in the spirit world. Thus Mr.
AMcFadin has lived to see his whole family
pass away from this transitory sphere, and he
now resides on his old homestead, surrounded
by his grandchildren, who relieve him, as far
as they are able, of all the cares and responsibilities
of the management of his large
estate. He is a prominent and useful meimber
of the Christian Church, to the success
of which he has largely contributed.
He is a man of more than ordinary ability,
and while in his youth, owing to the newness
of the country and the disturbed condition of
frontier life and consequent lack of school
facilities, he was deprived of educational advantages
such as are now gained in classical
institutions. He, however, attained, by observation
and reflection and by contact with
the world, that practical information essential
to success. He is a deep thinker, honest in
his convictions, firm in their execution and
consistent in action.
In politics he is independent and has never
sought office, but in consequence of his
known integrity, exact knowledge of affairs
and energy in execution of his duties, he has
been called upon to contribute his share
toward the general advancement of the community.
He served with his usual ability as
Commissioner of his county for twelve years.
He is a member of the Grange and the Farmers'
Alliance, to both of which le has devoted
his best endeavors. He is an extensive
reader, is well informed upon all the leading
topics of the day, and able to discuss them
intelligently and effectively. He enjoys the
distinction of being the oldest living settler
HI~STTORY F EXS
Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed April 20, 2014.