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reaching a suitable age, our subject began
agricultural pursuits. At the opening of the
Civil war he enlisted in Company D, Gurley's
Thirtieth Texas Regiment, was appointed
Second Lieutenant, and served in
Arkansas and the Indian Nation. At the
close of the struggle his command had
fallen back to Grimes county, Texas, and
he then joined his family in Williamson
county. Mr. Smith now owns 600 acres of
good land in this county, and has also given
each of his two sons 600 acres.
He was married in 1861, to Miss Jennie
Gault, a native of Tennessee and a daughter
of John Gault, who came to Texas about
1850 and engaged in farming in Travis
county. To this union has been born two
sons: Decker, a farmer of Williamson county;
and Walter, at home. The wife and mother
died October 1, 1890, having been a consistent
member of the Methodist Church. Mr.
Smith has served as County Commissioner
four years of Williamson county, is identified
with the Democratic party, and is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
TAMES A. PEEL.-Up to 1850 more
than half the foreign immigration that
came to America was from Ireland. The
stream has been much diminished in comparison
with those from other countries in recu
nt years: still, the influx is very great and
the influence of this people is seen and felt on
every hand.
To this class of citizens the subject of this
sketch belongs, being the third removed from
William Peel, who was born in Ireland in
1769 and brought to this country whn a lad,
growing up in Georgia, where he subsequently
married and spent the greater part of his

life, dying there in 1859. He was a large
planter and left an excellent estate at his
death. He was twice married and the father
of twelve children, six by each marriage.
The children of his first marriage were:
David Bothwell, the father of the subject
of this sketch, whom concerning more will
be said further on; Eliza, who was married
to Alexander O'Daniels; Ellen, who was married
to Vines Collier; Sarah, who was married
to James McDowell; Rebecca, who was
married to William Gunter; and John who
married Ann Zachery. The children of the
second marriage were Elizabeth, Matilda,
Narcissa A., William, Mary F. and Julia.
David Bothwell Peel was born in Georgia,
in 1801, and was there reared. In early life
he went to Alabama, where he lived some
years, moving thence to Mississippi, where
he died in June, 1880. He was a planter,
possessing considerable means before the
war, and an industrious, patriotic good citizen.
He was twice married, his first marriage
occurring in Georgia about 1822, to
Rebecca S. Holloway, a native of that
State, by whom lie had ten children: Elizabeth
Ellen, born November 2, 1823; Mary
J., born April 16, 1825, married Jason
Jones; William H., born June 14, 1827, married
Ellen Bell and is now deceased; Sarah
M., born July 24, 1829, married Nelson
Bell; George H., born December 19, 1830,
married Amelia A. Day; Martha R., born
September 26, 1832, married A. G. Campbell;
Amuanda, born August 23, 1835, married
J. W. Wimberly; Erasmus J., born December
22, 1837, married Millie A. Holloway;
David L., born June 22, 1839, married
Mahala Wimberly; and Thomas J., born Noveinber,
10, 1844, married Mattie Jones.
Tihe wife and mother died July 27, 1848,
and October 31, 1850, Mr. Peel married Mrs.

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