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 Page: 247
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MI.,AM, WILLIAMSOR, BASTROP,
TRAVIS, LEE AND BURLESO?
Dn AVID H. McFADlN.-In portraying
the lives of the pioneers of Texas, the
heroes of San Jacinto and the first settlers
of what is now Williamson county, none
are more worthy of mention than the subject
of this sketch, whose energy and perseverance
have contributed to the placing of
his community among the best in the State,
which holds front rank among the sisterhood
of the nation.
Mr. McFadin was born in Montgomery
county, Tennessee, May 22, 1816, and is the
only child of William and Sarah (Jett) McFadin,
both of whom were natives of the
same State as himself, where they were reared
and where they resided for many years. The
paternal grandfather of the subject of this
sketch, also David MeFadin, was a native of
Ireland and came to America in an early day.
The father of Mr. McFadin of this notice
was a farmer, who joined the tide of western
emigration in 1828, moving with his family
slowly and laboriously overland from the
home in Tennessee to the new and wild country
which was then a part of Mexico, but is
now the great State of Texas. There were
but few civilized settlements in this part of
the country at that time, and one of these
was situated in what is now Liberty county,
in which the McFadin family cast their lot
and there set about making their frontier
The subject of this sketch, who was then
twelve years of age, was for three years
engaged in assisting his father to open up a
new farm. The very hardships of those early
days, however, served to quickly mature precocious
intellects and teach self-reliance and
independence. Thus it was that at the early
age of fifteen, young David became desirous
of beginning life on his own account. Accordingly
left the parental roof to accept employment
in the stock business, which he
followed without interruption until the spring
of 1836. By this time the oppression and
tyranny of the Mexican Government became
so strongly felt that the settlers resolved to
endure it no longer and war was declared.
Mr. McFadin joined the army, which was
composed of as brave a class of men as any
to be found on the globe, men who knew and
were willing to emulate the example of those
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/254/?rotate=270: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .