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

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Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois, four
months later was taken to Petersburg, Virginia,
and exchanged, May 1, 1863, and was
forwarded to Richmond, where they reorganized
temporarily to repel the Federal cavalry
under General Sherman during the battle of
Chancellorsville. He saw Jackson's funeral
train, was transferred to the army of Tennessee,
took part in the battle of Chickamauga
and Missionary Ridge, and in most of the
engagements of the Tennessee campaign.
Mr. Giles was slightly wounded at the battle
of Ringgold. At the close of the war he was
discharged as Second Lieutenant of the Cavalry
of Colonel Venevide's. regiment, after
which lie remained at his father's home two
years. In 1867 he located on his present
farm of 199 acres in Travis county, 340
acres of which is under a fine state of cultivation,
and has the necessary stock for farm
use.
Mr. Giles was married in 1866, to Sallie
A. Jordan, a daughter of Frederick and Harriet
(Buchman) Jordan, natives of South
Carolina. They moved to what was then the
Republic of Texas, locating first in Austin
county, and in 1858 came to Travis county.
Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Giles
have five children: Alice 0., an art student
at Austin; Lewis L., Flora C., Maggie B.
and Eugene. Mr. Giles affiliates with the
Democratic party, and his wife and two
daughters are members of the Christian
Church.
J[OHN B. WOLF.-He who weds himsef
to a great principle lays the foundation
of a successful life. In every man's
career some mainspring of action pan be
found, and according as that silen force is
directed his destiny will be determined. The

life purpose of the subject of this sketch
seems to be no scheme of self-aggrandizemnent
or fleeting worldly ambition, but simply
to live up to the measure of his endowments
and responsibilities, to develop a character
and leave an honorable name to his
posterity.
John B. Wolf comes of good stock, his
lineage running back through pioneer families
of this country to the old state of Pennsylvania,
where his first ancestors on this
continent were of that number of industrious,
thrifty, peaceful people called "Pennsylvania
Dutch." The course of migration of the
family from Pennsylvania was by way of
North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and
Arkansas, in each of which States they were
early settlers. Michael Wolf, the father of
the subject of this sketch, was born in Hopkins
county, Kentucky, and was taken by
his parents when a youth to Arkansas, where
he grew up and passed his subsequent life.
At a proper age he married Elizabeth Adams,
who like himself was a native of Kentucky and
a member of a pioneer family of that State
and Arkansas, and a lady of many excellencies
of character. They were the parents of
seven children, of whom John B. was the
fifth in age. He was born in what was then
Izard, now Baxter, county, Arkansas, December
25, 1840. Both parents died while he
was yet a child, and thus deprived of the care
and guardianship natural and proper to his
age his early training was attended with
some disadvantages. He grew up, however,
a sturdy youth, and by the assistance of relatives
and industry on his own part acquired
some knowledge from books, with which,
supplemented with a fair measure of pluck
and energy, he began life for himself at the
age of seventeen, coming at that age-1857
-to Texas. From 1857 to 1860 he made

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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 April 18, 2015.