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Mi'. Fleming is one Irishman who does
not thirst for official distinction. lIe is content
to pursue the even tenor of his way as
an unpretentious citizen, giving to his employers
a reasonable share of his time and
labor for what lie receives froin them, reserving
the remainder to be devoted to his own
private affairs. How well he has profited by
this course can be easily seen by a glance at
his financial standing. Whlen lie came to
the State in 1880 he had about $1.500, which
he had saved from his earnings in New York.
Since then he has bought 512 acres of land
in Milam county, 260 acres of which is in
cultivation; he owns ten lots, a residence and
a brick business building in Milano, and
holds vendor lien notes to the amount of
$4,000 or $5,000. He has niade all of this
in the last twelve or fourteen years, partly by
labor and partly by judicious investments.
In 1879 Mr. Fleming married Miss Margaret
Molyneaux, a native of county Kerry,
Ireland, and a daughter of John and Mary
Molyneaux, Mrs. Fleming coining to America
in company with an older brother when
a girl. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming have had four
children: Edward; Frank, who died at the
age of two years; Charlie and Francis. He
and his wife are members of the Catholic
Church, and he belongs to the Knights of
Honor, Milano Lodge, No. 3,678, of which
he is Trustee.
A LVIN P. PERRY, of Rockdale, is a
son of Milton and Isabella Perry and
a brother of Judge J. S. Perry, of
Rockdale, a sketch of whom appears in
this work, to which reference may be had for
the ancestral history of Alvin P.
The latter was born in Lafayette county,
Missouri, April 20, 1844, and reared tliere
to the age of eleven, coming witli his parents
to Texas in 1853. From that date until 1861
he worked on his father's farm, first in Travis
and then in Washington county, and attended
the local schools. He was in Baylor UIniversity
at Independence wh'len the war camne,
on, and quit school to enter the Confederate
army, enlisting in Comnl)any F, Tenth Texas
Infantry, con manded by Colonel Roger Q.
Mills. He began his service in Arkansas,
and was taken prisoner with his regiment at
the fall of Arkansas Post. After a confinemnent
of three months at St. Louis lie w.is
exchanged at Petersburg, Vir'ginia, and joined
the army under Bragg, then at Tullalhomna,
Tennessee, and was with Bragg in his subsequent
operations about Chickamauga, Missionary
Ridge and Chattanooga, and in all of
the Georgia campaign down to Atlanta. On
the reorganization of the Confederate forces
before Atlanta, lie was placed with Hood, and
was with him on the return into Tennessee,
taking part in most of that disastrous campaign.
He was wounded at the battle of
Franklin, where lie was taken from the field
with a severe gunshot in the left shoulder.
He was placed in hospital at Columbia, where
lie remained until the retreat of Hood's army,
when he walk to Corinth, Mississippi, and
thence to Lordville Springs, at which latter
place he had the ball extracted, when his
wound began to heal. After a two weeks'
stay in Mississippi, he returned to Texas on
a furlough, and after a brief visit home reported
for duty to Colonel Mills, who was
then at Corsicana. Before being ordered to
the front again the war closed.
After the surrender Mr. Perry settled on a
farm in Brazos county, where he engaged in
farming until 1867. He then came to
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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 May 4, 2015.