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ing in that locality, and when he was placed
with the army in the West he was in all of
the Georgia campaign and with Hood on his
return into Tennessee, taking part in all the
battles in which his command participated in
Tennessee and Georgia. At the close of the
war he resumed his medical studies and graduated
at the Georgia Medical College, at Augusta,
in 1867.
Returning to Texas, he located at Cameron,
Milamn county, where he immediately took up
the practice of his profession. He had been
at that place but a short time when, on account
of the death of Dr. Wiley, of the San
Gabriel and Little River country, he was
called to that locality, and served the people
there until his recent removal to Rockdale.
In 1869 Dr. Turner married Miss Georgie
Randle, of Washington county, Texas, a
daughter of William Randle, an old Texan,
mention of whom will be found in the sketch
of John T. Randle, which appears elsewhere
in this volume. By this marriage the Doctor
had two sons, Ira H. and Bailie P. The
wife and mother died in 1878. The Doctor
sub-'quently mi ir'ie 1 Miss Lulie Rasberry, of
Mlilam county, a daughter of Josephus and
Ella Rasberry, natives of Tennessee and Mississippi
respectively, who moved to Texas
about 1885, Mrs. Turner being a native of
Mississippi. One child hlas been the issue of
this marriage-Eugene Edgar.
While the medical profession has always
numbered Dr. Turner as one of its most
active members, he has also been identified
with the farming community, and has taken
great interest in the agricultural affairs of
the locality where he has resided. Including
his own and what is under his control, he lias
between 1,500 and 2,000 acres of land in this
and other counties of this State, a lar/e part
of which is under cultivation. It is Jsaphy

sician, however, that the Doctor is best known,
and it is as a physician that he has done the
work for which he will be longest remembered.
He has given to the practice of medicine
twenty-five years of the best part of his
life, and during this time has dQne a vast
amount of good for his fellow-men. In recent
years he has retired somewhat from active
practice, but still responds to calls when made
by friends, and to all calls where he believes
his services are really needed. He has necessarily
done a great deal of charity practice,
but it has been none the less faithfully done.
HO MAS W. NOLEN, of Travis county,
Texas, was born in York district, South
Carolina, May 25, 1820, a son of Will'iam
and Nancy (Irby)Nolen. At the
age of thirteen years, Thomas W. moved with
his parents to Mississippi, locating on what
was then called the Chickasaw purchase, now
Tippah county, where he grew to years of
maturity. In 1850 he brought his wife and
two children to Travis county, Texas, aind at
that lime Austin contained but three stores
and a few residences. The State house was
a frame structure, made of cedar posts ajid
such native lumber as could be had, presenting
a great contrast to the present magnificent
building. In 1851 Mr. Nolen came to
his present farm. He has taken an interest
in county affairs: in 1876 he was elected Assensor
of his county, holding that office one
term, and also served one term as County
Commissioner after the war. During the
struggle he did not go with the majority of
the State, having loved the old Union better
than the State of Texas. In 1863, when
General Banks was at Brownsville, Mr. Nolen
concluded it was his duty to join the Federal

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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 24, 2015.