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

HISTOR Y OF TEXAS.

who has not frequently expressed the wish
that his forefathers had taken the time, even
in the midst of their pressing duties as pioneers,
to set down for the benefit of posterity
some facts relative to their settlement on this
continent. With most of us the history of
our people is shrouded in the impenetrable
mists of the past, what little that has descended
to us being only a matter of tradition.
Speaking from this source tile following
statement, preliminary to what is said of
Mr. Flinn personally, may be made:
The stock from which le descended came
originally from Scotland, Ireland and England,
or, broadly speaking, from the British
isles. His father, Alexander Flinn, was born
in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, in
1809, and was a son of Alexander Flinn, who
was born in Maryland in the latter half of
the last century. The elder Flinn migrated
when a young mnan to North Carolina, where
he married, settled on a farm and became a
planter of considerable means. He served in
the early wars of the country, and as tradition
has it was an industrious, public-spirited,
patriotic gentleman. He had four sons and
two daughters, all but one of whom became
grown, married and raised families. The religious
connection of the family was with the
Presbyterian Church, and, as was the custom
half to three-quarters of a century ago, the
sons and daughters of this family were reared
to a strict observance of all the ordinances
and practices of the church. One of the
sons, William, became a minister of this
church, and was known at Milledgeville,
Georgia, and in later life in Louisiana, in
connection with his work in the ministry in
these States.
Alexander Flinn, the father of John E., of
this article, was reared in his native State,
North Carolina, and at about the age of

twenty-one emigrated to Alabama, taking up
his residence in D)allas county, where lie
married Jane War, and having acctimulated
some means settled dowil to fiarmiing, at
which hlie was moderately successful throughout
life. lie was the owner of a few slaves,
and lived in the ple:isant, comfortable style
of the respectable, well-to-do planters of antebellumb
days. lie died in 1864. IHis wife
died in 1850. Both were of a quiet, doilestic
turn, greatly devoted to their home and
their children, and performed their various
duties acceptably and died in the esteem atnd
good will of those among whom they hail
lived. Their six children were: Margaret.
who now makes her home with her brother;
John E., of this article; Robert L., who is
now a farmer of Montgomery county, Alabamna;
Mary, who married Ira Beemnan, and
resides in Ilhnt county, this State; James L.,
who died at the age of twenty; and Ilelen,
who died in infancy.
John E. Flinn, of this article, was born in
Butler county, Alabama, August 15, 184:0,
in which county he was also reared. tis
early years were spent in felling timber,
hewing and chopping, grubbing and splitting
rails, flailing wheat and husking corn, attending
apple-cuttings, spelling bees, and in other
rustic labors and diversions. Opportunities
for education in the local schools were then
not so attractive or valuable as now, but such
as they were it was his privilege to avail
himself of them, and after mastering the
rudiments of the common branches in the
little, old, log schoolhouse, he was placed at
Orion Academy, in Pike county, where he
had completed about half the course when
his scholastic training was brought to an abrupt
and emphatic close by the opening of
the late war. He entered the Confederate
army early in 1861, enlisting in Company K,

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 26, 2015.