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Thomas S., at home; and James and Tennessee,
deceased. Mr. Seymour votes with the
People's party, arnd is a meml)er of the 1. 0.
0. F. Ile has been Steward and Classleader
in the Methodist Church, and has also
served as Sunday-school Superin tendent.
EVERLY A. PORTER.-The subject
of this sketch is probably the oldest
native born citizen nlow residing in
Burleson county. He was born near the old
Spanish town of Jenostitlan, September 20,
1831. He was reared in this county and received
his education in the schools of the
same and at McKinzie's Institute at Clarksville,
Red River county.
In 1861 he married Miss Sallie J. Lucas,
ot Burleson county, and having received his
share of his father's estate-about .$10,000,
consisting mainly of cattle-he branched out
for himself and began caring tfor a separate
household. He was soon called, however,
from the paths of peace to take part in the
great civil conflict of 1861-'65, entering the
Confederate service at the opening of hostilities
as a member of the Seventeenth Texas
Infantry. His command began active operations
about Little Rock, Arkansas, and from
that date on, in that general locality, he
served until the close of the war. He was in
all the fights along Red river following
Banks' campaign: Mansfield, Pleasant Hill,
Jenkins' Ferry and Yellow Bayou; had the
good fortune to-escape wounds and imprisonment,
and surrendered at Hempstead, Texas,
in May, 1865.
For three years after the close of the war
Mr. Porter resided in Milam county, but at
the end of that time returned to Burleson
county, and with the exception of that period

and the period covered by the war has resided
in tle county of his nativity all his life. lie
has leen engaged in fearing and -to'kraising,
in which lie hlas met with tlhe usual
exl)eriences, prospering with the plrosplerous
times and meeting with reverses in seasons
of adversity. He has made over forty crops
and tells with just pride that, although lie
hlas failed to make full crops some years, lie
lias never failed to try, and lias never made
an entire failure. He resides on part of his
inheritance, located about six miles west of
Caldwell. With the fondness exhibited by
all old Texans for live-stock lie still gives
some attention to that industry, particularly
the sheep business, in which he has met with
good success in recent years. Politics have
claimed but little of Mr. Porter's time, and
yet lie cannot be said to have been indlifferent
to political matters. lie affiliates with the
Democrats and occasionally takes the field
for a favorite candidate or some measure
whose success he especially desires. Mr.
Porter's domestic life, like his business
career, lias not been without its unhappy experiences.
His wife, wlio shared the joys
and sorrows of his early manhood, (lied in
1886, after having borne him nine children.
She was a daughter of the Rev. William
Lucas, a pioneer minister of the Baptist
Church in Texas, originally from Alabama,
which was his native State. His wife's
maiden name was Sarah Norwood, and by
this union he had nine children, of whom
Mrs. Porter was the third in age. Her
brothers and sisters were Daniel, Fannie,
William T., Mary, James, Martha, John W.
and Emma. Mr. Lucas died in 1875 and
was buried at Porter's Chapel, on Porter's
prairie, where also rest the remains of Mrs.
Sallie J. Porter. To this union of Beverly
A. and Sallie J. Porter were born nine cllil

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