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eating in Bastrop county, where the father
was a prominent attorney. Before the war
he was engaged in the practice of the legal
profession with ex-Congressman G.W. Jones.
Captain Petty was killed at the battle of
Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, in 1864. His widow
now resides with her son, Van A. Petty, of
Hardin county, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Petty
had four children: Ella P., wife of our subject;
Cyr Frank, of Louisiana; Don G., a
resident of Boyce, Louisiana; and Van A.
The sons are engaged in the sawmill business
in this State and Louisiana. Mr. and Mrs.
McDonald have had eight children, viz.:
Petty, W. T. (deceased), Idel, Mary E., Hugh
A., Frank G., James E., and one deceased in
infancy. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald are imembers
of the Christian Church, and the former
affiliates with the A. F. & A. M., Gamble
Lodge, No. 244, and Bastrop Chapter, No. 95.
,'kdW\ILLIAM BRYMER, a successful
farmer and stock-raiser of Burleson
county, Texas, residing near Hookerville,
was born in Bradley county, Tennessee,
in 1838. His father, A. R. Brymer, also a
native of that State, was born in 1813, and
was a son of William Bryiner, who was likewise
born there in 1774, where he died at the
age of seventy-tive. The latter was the father
of seven children: John; A. R.; William;
Joseph; Elizabeth, who married John Hooper;
Elvina, who became the wife of a Mr. Stubbletield;
and James. A. R. Brymner, father
of the subject of this sketch, was reared in
Tennessee and was a farmer by occupation.
In 1847 he removed to Texas and settled,
first, in Titus county, where he made one
crop, and afterward in Burleson county, locating
in the vicinity of Hookerville, where
he resided until his death. He was a success

ful man, and left at his death a small estate
to hischildren. He filled the office of County
Commissioner in Burleson county for a number
of years, and made an honest, capable and
faithful official. In politics he was a Democrat,
and for the greater part of his life was a
member of the Baptist Church. His wife's
maiden name was Vashti Hopkins. She died
after the family moved to Burleson county,
having been for many years a consistent
member of the Baptist Church, and a pious,
good woman. The children of this worthy
couple were: Sarah Caroline, who married
N. M. Thornton; Rhoda, who became the
wife of J. W. Browder; Dialtha, married
Jack Albright; William; John; and Mary,
witeof Mr. Bowdenhamlimer, of Burnet county,
Texas; Ellen, who married Jim Siddal; Tennessee,
who married Dr. V. P. Armstrong,
of Louisville, Kentucky.
William Brymer, the subject proper of this
sketch, was a lad of eight when his parents
moved to Burleson county, and his youth was
passed on a farm in this county. For a few
years after growing up he was engaged in
freightiug from Houston to interior points in
central and northern Texas, going as far as
Fort Worth, which was then one of the frontier
towns of the State. But his chief pursuits
in earlier as well as in later life, were
farming and stock-raising. At the beginning
of the late war, he entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in Company A, Seventeenth
Texas Infantry, with which lie served, mainly
in the Trans-Mississippi Department,in Texas,
Louisiana and Arkansas, and took part in
most of the larger battles that were fought in
those States, among which were the engagements
incidental to Banks' Red river campaign,
except the fight at Jenkins' Ferry,
where, on account of temporary disability, he
was serving on detail.

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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 August 29, 2014.