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Alabama, July 26, 1855, a daughter of
James and Clarenda (Grice) Thomas, natives
also of that State. The parents died when
Mrs. Stiles was small. Our subject and wife
have had four children, three now living:
Hardy R., James V. and Hadley A. Mr.
Stiles served as Enrolling Officer and Lieutenant
during the late war, was a candidate
for the State Democratic Convention and
votes with the Democratic party. Socially,
he is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and is a
Royal Arch Mason. Religiously, he was
formerly a member of the Christian Church.
C ALVIN C. WHITE.- The subject of
this sketch comes of pioneer stock,
tracing his ancestry back for three or
four generations through the early settled
families of this country to Virginia, the
mother of States. The line on his father's
side is as follows: Henry White, born in
Virginia about the middle of the last century,
married a Miss Russian, by whom he
had a large family of children, one of whom
was Robert White, born in Virginia in 1786,
married Nancy Coburn, by whom he had
twelve children, one of whom was Elijah
White, the father of Calvin C. of this article.
Henry and Robert White both moved to Tennessee
in the early settling of that State, and
there Henry died in 1830, and Robert moved
from there in 1837 to Texas, settling first in
what is now Walker county and later in Leon
county. He died in Leon county in 1854.
Elijah White was bern in Perry county, Tennessee,
in 1822, and was reared there to the
age of fifteen, the remainder of his youth and
early manhood being spent in Texp. In
1844 he married Jalia Jones of j alker
county, this State, and about 1844 or '45

moved to Milain county, settling on Jones
Prairie, where he made his home till his
death, which occurred in 1886. He was a
successful farmer, a volunteer soldier in the
late war, Twelfth Texas Regiment (Parsons'
brigade), an industrious, useful and highly
respected citizen. Coming to the county
when he did, he was in a position to render
valuable service to civilization, and this he
dfd in the active part he took in building op
the educational, religious and social interests
of the community where he settled. He
helped to organize the Little River Baptist
Church and held a membership in it till his
death. He was also a charter member of
Little River Lodge, No. 397, A. F. & A. M.,
in which he occupied a conspicuous place.
His lodge passed the following resolution of
respect on his death:
"Brother E. White departed this life February
19, 1886. He was a Mason in every
sense of the word and loved the tenets of the
order as every Mason should. In his death
we have lost a brother, both in the Masonic
lodge and in the church, and the community
has lost a member who cannot be replaced.
Soldier of God, well done!
Rest be thy loved employ,
And while eternal ages run
Rest in thy Maker's joy.
"To his wife and children we extend our
sincere sympathy, and offer as a consoling
thought to them in the hour of their bereavement
the splendid Christian character which
the departed has left for their emulation and
certainty that they will meet him in heaven
if they live in accordance with the teachings
of the Gospel."
Mrs. White died in 1875. She was a
daughter of J. P. Jones, who was probably
Milam county's first settler, the sturdy,
courageous old pioneer for whom Jones prai

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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, 2014.