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W. J. Jamison; E. P., a farmer of Williamson
cjipnty; S. N., a farmer and ginner of this
county; and R. C., also a farmer of Williamson
county.
J. F. Allison came lo Texas with his
father and family in 1835, when only five
years of age, settling in St. Augustine
county. At the outbreak of the war the
family went with many of the settlers to the
State line, and after their return moved to
Sabine county. In 1847 they came to Williamson
county, and at that time only a few
settlers were scattered through the county.
Here our subject grew to manhood, cast his
first vote, and paid his first taxes. The Indians
were scattered over the country, but
were friendly, and game of all kinds was
plentiful. In 1856 Mr. Allison built a log
cabin near where he now lives, and at that
time was principally engaged in the raising
of horses. In 1862 he joined an independent
company for service in the late war, but later
became a member of Baylor's regiment, was
detailed many different times for different
work, and after the close of the struggle he
resumed farming and stock-raising. At one
time he owned 700 acres of land, but has
since given to his children until he now has
only the old homestead. His land is well
improved, and he has a good, commodious
residence.
Mr. Allison was married in 1856, to Miss
Sarah A. Marsh, a native of Missouri and a
daughter of John and Elizabeth Marsh,
natives of Kentucky. The father died in
Missouri, and in 1850 the mother brought
her family of seven children to Williamson
county, Texas. Our subject and wife had
seven children: Erastus A., a traveler by
occupation; Francis A., a farmer of Williamson
county; Elijah P., engaged in tle railroad
shops at Temple; Samantha A., wife of

F. M. Utznran, a merchant of Taylor. Mrs.
Allison died in December, 1879, and February
9, 1881, Mr. Allison married Mrs.
Virginia M. Blackburn, a daughter of John
H. and Mariah (Rogers) Ferguson, the former
a native of Kentucky and the latter of Ohio.
The Rogers family came from England to
America, locating in New York. Mr. and
Mrs. Ferguson moved to St. Louis iir an
early day, witnessed nearly its complete
development, and both died in that city, the
father inl 1864 and the mother in 1890. Mrs.
Allison was married in St. Louis to Mr.
Blackburn and they had two sons,-Morris
L., of Cairo, Illinois, and Charles E., an
engineer at Pueblo, Colorado. Mr. Allison
established the post office at Connell, of
which he was appointed Postmaster. Religiously,
he is a member of the Baptist Church,
and his wife of the Methodist Church.
A(t F. MARTIN, proprietor of the Austin
White Lime Works, is a self-made
man, and one of the most prosperous
and progressive citizens of Travis
county. He was born in the city of Austin,
October 8, 1856, and received his education
here, in a German-American institution on
Red River street. He was also a student at
Dyrenforth's Commercial College, Chicago,
finishing the course in 1871, before the great
fire swept that city. The drug business
presenting many attractions to Mr. Martin,
he engaged as clerk to learn the business, but,
his health failing him after about two years,
he made a change and secured a position' as
bookkeeper with the firm of H. J. Huck
& Co., lumber dealers, of Victoria, Texas.
Upon leaving their employ, he went to
Memphis, Tennessee, where he secured a

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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 July 30, 2014.