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years, when he again went on the farm, buying
310 acres of land lying nine miles north
of Cameron. He has been engaged in farming
and live-stock operations since, owning
now about 1,500 acres, partly in this county
and partly in Callahan county, this State.
He handles a large number of cattle every
year, and is known as an authority in livestock
matters. He has been Deputy Sheriff
of Milam county for six years, but beyond
the discharge of his official duties takes but
little interest in public matters.
In 1872 Mr. Todd married Miss Ella
Evans, a daughter of J. M. and Jannett
Evans, who moved to Texas in May, 1869,
from Louisiana. Mrs. Todd was born in
Alabama, December 6, 1856, and is the
youngest of four children born to her parents,
the others being James L., Sarah, the wife of
J. T. Miller, and Emenda, the wife of A. J.
Williamson.
Mr. and Mrs. Todd have six children:
Olive, Pearl, John, Giles, Stella and Wilbur
Crawford.
Mr. Todd is a member of the Knights of
l'ythias, Cameron Lodge, and in politics is a
Dt'm ocrat.
OIN T. RANDLE.-The stock from
which the subject of this sketch descended
came originally from England
and Ireland, or, broadly speaking, from the
British Isles. His progenitors emigrated to
this country before the American Revolution
and settled very probably in Virginia. William
Randle, his paternal grandfather, was
born in the " Old Dominion," whence he
moved in pioneer days to Georgia, where he
was for many years in later life a wealthy and
influential planter. He seems to have been in
early life a bold, adventurous spirit, having

much of the romantic and practical fusedl in
his nature, but withal an industrious, patriotic
citizen and devoted friendly and complanion.
He penetrated the wilds of central and
north Georgia early in the last century, anid
knew personally many of the heads of tlhe Indian
tribes that roamed over that section.
Mr. Randle has in his possession a watch tlhe
case of which is made of gold dug by this
grandfather, in Georgia, in 1740. IIe died
there and was succeeded in name and estate
by a son, William, who was the father of
John T. of this article. The second William
RCandle was born in Georgia in 1812 anil
reared there. About the time he reached his
majority he married a Mliss Durham of that
State, who, however, died in a few years, leaving
no issue. About 1839 lie married Miss
Frances E. Gibson, daughter of Churchill
Gibson, an Alabama planter, and, with this
lady and his family ot six children whom he
had by her, emigrated to Texas in 1850, settling
on the Brazos river in Robertson
county. Here he had the misfortune to lose
this wife a year later, but married some time
afterward a Mrs. Terrell, and moved to Washington
county and thence to Coryell county,
where in 1885 he died, in the seventy-third
year of his age.
His residence in Texas thus covered thirtyfive
years, and having come soon after the
State's admission into the Union he witnessed
a large share of its growth and development,
taking an active but unpretentious
part in this work himself. By industry and
good management he succeeded in accumlulating
considerable property before tlhe war,
but lost most of it in that great conflict, having
sold his slaves and the greater part of his
personal property for which he took notes
that turned out to be worthless. He still had

some land, however, and by the practice of

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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 May 5, 2015.