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were separated during his term, and in November,
1880, he was elected Collector of
of the county. He has held this office since,
having been re-elected to it every two years.
It is needless to say that he has made one of
the most efficient officers the county has ever
had. No man could have held as important
an office as that of Collector as long as he
has without giving satisfaction in an eminent
degree. Milain county has very few men
more popular than he is. Plain in manner
and speech, he is easily approached and in
all of his intercourse in life his conduct is
marked by the utmost sincerity and cordiality.
Captain Wolf was made a Mason at the
age of twenty-one, and has taken the Royal
Arch and Council degrees. He is also Commander
of Hercules Council, American Legion
of Honor, and Protector of Evening
Star Lodge, No. 62, Knights and Ladies of
Honor, and Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of
Texas of the Knights of Honor. IHe has
been for years a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church and Superintendent of Sunday-echools.

In September, 1866, Captain Wolf married
Agnes Adams, a daughter of Esquire J.
D. Adams of Marion county, Arkansas,
where Mrs. Wolf was born and reared. This
union has resulted in the birth of five sons
and two daughters: Charles D., Nellie,
Thomas M., Penn, John O., Wyatt L. and
Minnie.
J E. STILES, a farmer and stock-raiser
of Williamson county, was born in
Tennessee, December 20, 1835, a son
of Seaborn and Rebecca (Fincher) Stiles, natives
of South Carolina. This family is of
the fourth generation in America, three
brothers of that name having come from

England to this country inl 1643. A number
of the descendants were soldiers in the Revolutionary
war. Seaborn Stiles moved to
Brushy, Milamin county, Texas, in 1849, where
he died in 1874. I-e was a prominent farmer
and a consistent member of the Methodist
Church. He was twice married, and by the
first union had five children: Amanda, J. E.,
Sarah J., Margaret and Frank N. IHe also
had five children by the second marriage:
Jesse L., Mary C., Rebecca C., A. W. and
one deceased.
J. E. Stiles, the subject of this sketch,
moved with his parents to Missouri, and in
1848 located in Bastrop county, Texas. One
year later he took up his residence in Milamn
county, which then contained only three
families, viz.: Black, Kirkendall and Stiles.
Game of all kinds was plentiful, and the Indians
were friendly. Mr. Stiles began stockraising
with his brother, and in 1860 they
moved their stock to Coleman county. During
the war the settlers in a number of
frontier counties were exempted from service,
but they formed themselves into companies,
our subject being under Major Erath,
to protect the property. During that time
the brothers lost much of their stock by the
Indians, the Confederate government also
taking many beeves, and in 1868 they sold
their entire interests and Mr. Stiles returned
home. He shortly afterward returned to this
county, and in 1868 purchased an interest in
a ranch of 320 acres and a herd of cattle,
and in 1870 bought the remainder of the
section. He and his brother now own about
10,000 acres of land, 450 acres under cultivation,
a large herd of cattle, and each has
separate homes. They also own other tracts
to the amount of 1,000 acres.
In 1875 Mr. Stiles was united in marriage
with Miss Eliza Thomas, who was born in

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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 August 21, 2014.