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wonderful. Although he started without
money, his energy, determination and zeal
have amply compensated for that lack. During
his residence in Georgetown he has been
importuned many times to accept office, but
has always refused. Being a person who has
had the welfare of the county and city at
heart, he has done more than his share of the
charity work, bothl as ani editor and a private
person. He has served as Chairmnan of the
Democratic County Executive Committee,
and is now a member from his county of the
Congressional Executive Committee, and has
always taken a leading part in advancing the
best interests of the county.
Mr. Cooper was married in 1878, to Miss
Mary Sansom, daughter of Colonel Richard
Sansom of Georgetown, an old settler and
ex-County Treasurer, also a member of the
Constitutional Convention of 1875. He died
in 1880, at the age of fifty-four. Our subject
and wife have three children, namely:
Jessie A., Louise S. and Edgar L. Both our
subject and his wife are members of the Presbyterian
Church, in which the former has
been an Elder for many years. He is a
member of the K. of 11. and Knights and
ladies of Honor, and Knights of Pythias.
APTAIN J. L. BRITTAIN, a member
of the marble firm of Brittain &
Spencer, of Georgetown, Texas, was
born in Putnam county, Indiana, November
29, 1833. His parents were Nathaniel and
Emneline (Faught) Brittain. The mother was
a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of Paul
Faught, an old and highly-esteenmed pioneer
citizen, and an extensive farmer of Putnamn
county. His death occurred in that county.
Our subject's father, formerly a farmer of

Indiana, came to Texas in 1845, and his
death occurred at Brittain Springs (named in
his honor), Denton county. He was one of
the early pioneers of that locality, was well
and favorably known, and was acquainted
with the hardships and dangers incident to
Texas pioneer life. He died in 1847, at the
age of forty-three years. His wife departed
this life in 1845, soon after coming to Texas.
She was a good and devout member of the
Christian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Brittain
were the parents of seven children, four of
whom are still living, and all are in Texas
except one brother, James, who resides in
Louisiana.
Captain J. JL. Brittain, the second of the
seven children, and the subject of this sketch,
was reared to farm life. He came to Georgetown,
Texas, in 1852, and soon afterward engaged
in the mercantile business, as a clerk.
He next conducted a business for himself
seven years. Mr. Brittain was elected Sheriff
of this county just before the war, serving
about six months, and when the dark cloud of
war arose, although an anti-secessionist, when
the State seceded lie took the side of the
State, and enlisted in 1862 as a private. In
1861 lie was in the ranging service on the
border. Secession coining on, Governor
Houston called them in, after a service of
some six months, and our subject served as
acting Adjutant, with the rank of Captain.
He saw hard service, chased many Indians,
and passed through 200 miles of country,
which was then filled with buffaloes. James
Brittain, a younger brother of our subject,
then aged about fourteen years, on one occasion
was out with a surveying party of about
fifteen. He served as their errand boy.
When out from the office of the surveyor
about fifteen miles, they put him on a horse
to return to the office for something they had

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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 July 28, 2015.