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living in Bastrop county; Van Zandt and
William, both of Gonzales county; and Mary,
now Mrs. Swain, of Travis county.
.To Mr. and Mrs. Avery were born children
as follows: Nora, born July 11, 1863, is the
wife of W. A. Mayhall, and has three children,
the Mayhall family residing with Mrs.
Avery; Thomas, born November 10, 1865,
married Callie Carroll, and has four children,
their home also being on the old farm; the
other children are single: Melinda, born August
25, 1867; James, September 18, 1869;
John, February 9, 1872; Dora, July 16, 1874,
is deceased; Martin, September 19, 1875;
Hugh, November 12, 1877; Nancy, October
22, 1879; Albert, January 16, 1882; and
Mary E., January 22, 1885. Mrs. Avery is
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
in the faith of which church she is rearing
her family.
Mr. Avery departed this life January 6,
1889.
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J OSEPLH J. DAVIS is one of the wellknown,
substantial farmers of Travis
county, and, although not a Texan by
birth, is yet of sufficient years in the State to
merit the name of old settler. He is a son
of Jenkins and Jane (Calvert) Davis, both
born and raised in Tennessee. After marriage
they spent ten years in Arkansas, returned
to Tennessee in 1842, and in 1852
moved to Texas, locating south of Austin,
Travis county, in the neighborhood of where
our subject now resides. The mother died
August 27, 1862, and the father afterward
moved further north in Texas, finally
dying in Hood county. Mr. and Mrs. Davis
were the parents of twelve children, viz.:
Andrew a:, Mary A., John A., Martha J.,
Rebecca, Joseph J., our subject; W. R.. of

Creedmioor, Travis county; Charity, wife of
James A. Hewitt, also of this county; Samu nel
G., David.E., George L., deceased; and F. E.
J. .. Davis, the subject of this sketch, was
born in Arkansas, September 19, 1840, and
was twelve years of age when he came with
his parents to Texas. His life has been that
of the hard-working, successful farmer aind
stock-raiser, and lie is now a good business
man. His ranch consists of 1,000 acres of
fine pasture and farm land, 350 acres of whlich
is cultivated, and the remainder affords an
excellent range for stock. The land lies between
Slaughter and Onion creek, eight miles
southwest of Austin. During the late war
Mr. Davis served as a State ranger under
Captain John 1)ix, and assisted in guarding
the frontier.
In the fall of 1865 he was united in marriage
with Mary E., a daughter of Judge
Thomas W. Nolen, a pioneer settler of Travis
county. To this union were born six children:
Finis, who died on reaching manhood;
Jennie, wite of Nicholas A. Dawson, a lawyer
of Austin; and Cordie, Joseph, Daisy
and Mary, at home. The wife and mother
departed this life February 1, 1883. Dr.
Davis afterward married Miss Blumen
Hughes.
Politically, he acts with the Democratic
party, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
Onion Creek Lodge, No. 220. Mr.
Davis liolds the respect and esteem of his
neighbors, and is one of tile leading men of
Travis county.
(OSEPH R. ROWLAND, a successful
J merchant of Rockdale, Milam county,
is a native of Texas, having been born
in Lamar county in the historic year of 1846,

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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 31, 2014.