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Louisville, Alabama: two of these three,
Jefferson L. and Lovard L., being residents
of Milam county; and Benjamin F., the other,
a practicing physician of Temple, Bell county,
this State.
Lovard L. Lee was reared in his native
county in Alabama, growing up on his
father's farm. He received the benefit of a
good English education. At the opening of
the late war he entered the Confederate army,
enlisting April, 1861, in Company E, Seventh
Alabama Infantry, with which he served until
just before the battle of Shiloh, when, his
regiment having been disbanded, he returned
home and shortly afterward enlisted in Company
A, Forty-fifth Alabama Infantry, with
which he served till the close of the war. He
was elected Lieutenant of his company and
was later promoted to the Captaincy of it
and commanded it during the last days of
its service. He was three times wounded,
first at Peach Tree creek, again on July 22,
1864, before Atlanta, and last at the battle
of Franklin, Tennessee. He was shot through
the body at Atlanta and through the foot at
Franklin, both serious wounds at the time,
but neither of which kept him for any considerable
length of time from active service.
He was captured at Macon, Georgia, just at
the close of the war, but immediately paroled
and thus escaped the horrors of prison life.
He returned to Alabama after the surrender
and took up farming on his father's place,
which he followed there for ten years. He
came to Texas in January, 1875, and Novenmber
2, 1875, he married Mrs. Mary S. Grubbs,
the widow of Samuel J. Grnbbs, of Barbour
county. He settled in Grimes county, where
he lived about ten months. He then moved
to Milam county, locating where lie now
lives, near Thorndale, which has since been
his home. He owns a farm of 137 acres,

100 acres of which is in cultivation, besides
other real estate in Thorndale, this representing
his earnings since coining to the
State.
Captain Lee's wife, like himself, is a native
of Alabama, having been born in Jackson
county, that State, March 22, 1847. She is
a daughter of William T. and Malinda (Vault)
Gunter, who were born and reared in Alabamna,
the father in Jackson county and the
mother in Madison county. Captain Lee and
wife have had one child, Lovaud L., born
August 26, 1877, in Milam county, Texas,
and Mrs. Lee had one by her former marriage,
Aminie J. Grubbs, born August 22,
1874, in Grimes county, Texas. Both lihe
and his wife are members of the Methodist
Church, of which he was Steward in Alabanma
and has been Superintendent of Sunday-schools
in this State. Captain Lee has
been a Mason since lie was twenty years old.
^iT^ C. McLAREN, a prominent citizen of
Coupland, Williamson county, Texas,
was born in Lawrence county, Tennessee,
October 24, 1834. He was reared
and educated in his native State, and at the
age of twenty came to Texas and located in
Travis county. There he engaged in farming
and continued this occupation until fifteen
years ago, when he removed to Williamson
county and established a ranch. Upon
going to Travis county lie hired himself out
for a year, and at the end of that time secured
a position as overseer, receiving as
compensation $50 a month. After several
months he was married, and during the five
years following this event he farmed on
rented land. During the Civil war he rendered
the State great service, hauling ammnu

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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 November 26, 2014.