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

HISTORY OF TEXAS.

was thus in his sixth year when his parents
came to Texas in 1845. After the death of
his mother, the year following, he went, in
1848, to live with a Mr. Connell, of Washington
county, with whom he made his home
for four years, after which, in 1852, he was
taken into the family of a Mrs. Pearson of
that county. He remained with this lady
for about five years, during which time he
secured such limited educational advantages
as were afforded at the time, being indebted
to her for the same. He was also indebted
to her for excellent training in other ways
and for much encouragement and kindly
counsel. On this account he retains pleasant
recollections of her and of his stay at her
house, and he gratefully makes this acknowledgment
and pays her memory this
public tribute. Working for her, for his
father and occasionally for others, on the
farm and at the stock business, his time
was passed like that of most boys of
his age until he reached his majority.
Having married and, just as he was laying
his plans for life, surveying his surroundings
for an opportunity to begin consecutive
operations, the war came on and he subordinated
all his personal projects to meet the
more pressing duties that called him to the
field of action. He entered the Confederate
army early in 1861, enlisting in Company
F, Fifth Texas Mounted Volunteers, cornlnanded
by Colonel Tom Green. With this
company he was assigned to duty on the
Texas frontier and began his service in the
well remembered campaign into New Mexico.
He was identified with the entire campaign,
in which was fought the battle of Val
Verde, and, returning, was in the expedition
along the Gulf coast, participating in the
fight at Galveston, in which lie assisted in
the capture of the "Harriet Lane," being

wounded in this exploit by a minie ball.
On account of this wound he was disabled
and temporarily incapacitated for further
service, spending the interim at home on a
furlough. He soon recovered and returned
to his command, with which he served until
the close of the war, receiving his discharge
at Houston in May, 1865. For three years
following that date he worked on his father's
farm in Washington county, and in 1868
started with his father for California, but,
after reaching the Rio Grande river, decided to
remain in Texas, and, returning to Washington
county, there engaged in the mercantile
business at Sand Town. After a year's successful
pursuit of this business at that place,
he embarked in the liquor business at points
along the line of the Houston & Texas Central
Railroad, which was then building west
toward Austin. He retained these interests
until 1876, when he settled at Rockdale,
where he opened a saloon, which he has
since conducted. He is thus one of Rockdale's
oldest business men, and, it may be
added, without exaggeration, is one of her
successful ones. A business in Rockdale,
averaging from $15,000 to $18,000 annually,
a half interest in a business worth $6,000 in
Corpus Christi, a fruit farm of 300 acres,
worth $10,000, in San -Patricio county, and
an interest in a farm of 300 acres in Milam
county, besides other investments, show that
he has not been idle during the last two decades;
for it must be remembered that he
came out of the war without a dollar and had
to struggle for several years for a bare subsistence
for himself and family. That he
has been diligent and watchful of his interests
it is needless to say. He has devoted
himself strictly to business, has always lived
within his means, has been careful of his
investments and conservative in all things.

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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 25, 2015.