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For nine years he has served as Alderman of
the town of Rockdale, and it is doing no injustice
to others to say that RPockdale has
never had on its board of Common Council a
man more solicitous for the general welfare
of the place, and more active in the support
of every measure looking to that end, than
Mr. Brown. His means, ability and progressive
spirit make of him a valuable man
in a new and enterprising place like Rockdale,
and his support is always confidently
relied upon in any undertaking of a public
nature. He is not a partisan politician, but
being a strong Demnocrat he generally interests
himself in political matters to the
extent of voting, and also, when occasion demands,
is ever ready to turn out and work
for the success of any man or cause whose
interests he espouses.
February 15, 1861, Mr. Brown married
Miss Myra Wray, then of Washington
county, this State, but a native of Tennessee.
Of this marriage four children have been
born, of whom but two attained mature years:
John T. and William M., both of whom are
farmers of Milam county.
1k J8ILLIAM E. BOZEMAN.-Few
families are richer in history than
the Bozeman family, and fewer of
them have made any effort to gather and
preserve in tangible shape for posterity a
record of the deeds and achievements of their
ancestors as far back as their foreign aincestry.
Such record the Bozemans have, owing
to the care of one Joseph Bozeman, of
Meridian, Mississippi. The work was accomplished
after about a decade of hard
labor, at a considerable outlay and without
remuneration. From tllis little volume we
learn that the family is one of the oldest anl(d
most l)roinent in the United State.,. 'llic
name originated in Europe, possilly iin IIolland,
where it seems to have been Blosilan.
Joseph E. and Nathan Bozeman enmigratel
to America with one of the Baltiimore., and
were among the pioneers of Maryland, but
how they obtained a footing in the English
county of the Calverts is not stated. Granting
that they first crossed the channel to
England, and set out for tlhe New World as
stated, their descendants scattered from thle
Baltimore colony to all points of the compasss,
North and South Carolina coming in for a
good share of them. Samuel Bozemian was
l)orn in JBladen county, North Carolina, in
1730. lIe married Ann, a daughter of
Nathaniel Richardson, who was a lnembter of
the Provincial Congress held at Halifax in
1776. Nine children were born to Samuel
Bozeman, the first being Joseph, who was the
double great-grandfather of onr subject, born
in North Carolina in April, 1756. H-e was
a patriot soldier and participated in the siege
of Augusta, Georgia, to which State at the
close of hostilities he and his brothers and
sisters immigrated, settling near Savannah.
His first wife was a Miss Wood, a sister of
Rev. David Wood, a Baptist minister. Mrs.
Bozeman died young and left only one child,
Nathan, the father of the celebrated New
York physician and surgeon, Dr. Bozeman.
The second wife of Joseph Bozeman was
Elizabeth Pendleton, of Pennsylvania, whom
he married in 1797. In 1806 Joseph moved
his family to Kaskaskia, Illinois, by stage,
requiring from March to May to make the
trip. Disease was so prevalent there that the
lives o: his family were in jeopardy, and he
returned in the fall of the same year to
Georgia on pack horses. In 1818 lie moved
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 December 28, 2014.