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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 65
History of the Members of the
All of the older members of the English that
emigrated to Peters Colony have departed this life.
But many of their descendants are prominent citizens.
Lionel Simpson came from Scotland. He was
an energetic, sturdy Scotchman, and braved the dangers,
hardships and privations of frontier life with a
determination never to give up short of success. He
made a fortune before the war broke out, and became
a slave owner. He was in the Confederate service
a short time, and the company that he was in
were ordered to help guard the prisoners that were
taken by Bourland's men, and hung near Gainesville,
forty-five were hung near that place at one time. He
said it was an awful scene to have to witness. They
were hung until dead and then taken down and
placed in a cart and hauled to a ditch and buried.
Mr. Simpson lost a great deal of his property during
the war, but had a large estate at the time of his
death. A Mr. Joseph Hildreth came with him from
England. He was a city gentleman, and the hardships
of pioneer life were too much for him, and he
returned to the Old Country again.
A Mr. Sims, a shoemaker, came from England in
1847, and located land here, intending to have his
family come later, but was taken sick and died, but
secured the land for his family.
Lionel Simpson died many years ago, leaving
three daughters, and one son, that has since died.
Two of the daughters, Miss Ellen and Miss Anna,
married sons of Captain McKamy, who were broth-
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