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Mr. McLean's labors are most honorable, efficient
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T HOMAS W. FELTON, a well-known
and prosperous farmer residing on the
San Gabriel river, twelve miles northwest
of Rockdale, has been a resident
of Milam county, Texas, for the past twenty
eight years.
Mr. Felton was born in Smith county, Ten.nessee,
January 2, 1833, son of James and
,. Jane (Glover) Felton. His parents were married
in Tennessee, and about 1840 removed
from there to Dallas county, Missouri. After a
residence of three years there they moved to
Izard county, Arkansas, and in that county
Thomas W. spent his boyhood days, being
reared on a farm and receiving only limited
educational advantages. He is one of a
family of twelve children, six sons and six
daughters. His oldest brother, Richard, died

in Milam county, Texas. The second,
Andrew J., died at Little Rock, Arkansas,
in 1863, while in the Confederate army. His
third brother, James M., also died in the
Confederate service, his death occurring at
Pocahontas, Arkansas, in 1864; while the
two youngest, Geneth D. and Jonathan E.,
are residents of Tom Green county, Texas.
The sisters were all married, and, with one
exception, are all living, being residents of
Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.
Thorns W. Felton came to Texas when a
young man and worked in different localities,
being employed to care for stock, until the
second year of the war, when he entered the
Confederate army, enlisting in Company D,
Allen's Regiment of Infantry, for service on
the frontier and coast defense of Texas. He
served in this capacity from the date of his
enlistment until the close of the war. The
principal engagements in which he took part
were those in Louisiana, following Banks'
Red river campaign, namely: Milliken's
Bend, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Yellow
Bayou.
Returning to Texas at the close of the
war, Mr. Felton, in partnership with his
brother, engaged in the stock business in
Milam county, ranging along the San Gabriel
river. In 1867 he purchased 320 acres of
wild land in the San Gabriel valley, on which
he settled and began farming on a small
scale, still continuing the stock business and
giving his attention chiefly to sheep. Two
years later he married and, he and his brother
having divided their stock, he settled on his
place and enlarged his farming operations
and also increased his flocks of sheep. He
was successfully engaged in these pursuits
for about six years, when the sheep industry
began to decline and he lost considerable
money on his investments in this line. He

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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 29, 2014.