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IIISTORY OF TEXAS. 255
ginia, at the age of eighteen years; Robert E.
came to Williamson county, Texas, in 1880;
Fanny B., wife of John Scott, who came to
Texas in 1872, and in 1877 returned to Virginia
for his wife; and Ella, wife of John
Adams, who came to this State in 1883, and
now resides in Tyler.
J. W. Rudasill remained with his parents
until the opening of the late war, when, in
1861, he enlisted in Company B, Sixth Virginia
Cavalry, under General R. E. Lee. He
participated in all thle engagements until in
the following May, when he was wounded at
Front Royal, thirty-six men having entered
the charge, and only six were left mounted.
After his recovery, ten months later, Mr.
Rudasill again entered active service, but was
wounded at Fisher's Hill, from which he was
disabled four months. One week before the
surrender, between Appomattox and Richmond,
he was again wounded, arriving home
the day of the surrender. In the fall of 1865
he was paroled. During his service Mr.
Rudasill had three horses shot while under
him. After his recovery he assisted his
father at home until 1872, and in that year
located near where he now lives in Williamson
county, Texas. On arriving in this
locality he first found employment as a farm
hand, the second year farmed on rented land,
and the following year purchased 160 acres
of his present farm. He has since added 160
-acres to his original purchase, and 170 acres
of his place is under a fine state of cultivation,
a part of which he rents. Mr. Rudasill
is engaged in general farming and stockraising,
and is giving special attention to the
raising of hogs, of the Berkshire stock.
In 1881 our subject returned to his old
home in Virginia, and while there was married
to Miss Della B. Swindler, who was
born in that State, April 6, 1864, a daughter
of Major A. A. and Mary (Hainrick)
Swindler, natives also of Virginia. Mrs.
Rudasill has one brother in Texas. Mr. and
Mrs. Rudasill have three children: Phillip
A., born December 1, 1881; I'earl. January
9, 1886; and Clyde, Decemnber 15, 18_8.
Politically, our subject is a stanch Deniocrat;
socially, affiliates with the Masonic fraternity;
and religiously is a member of the Baptist
ON. W. W. OXSTIEER.--An imlporil
tance attaches to the life, and interest
to the personality, of the subject of
this sketch not met with in the personal
history of any other man of Milam
county. This importance and interest grow
partly out of the individuality of the man
and are the results partly of environment.
As the oldest settler now living in the county,
as one who has been most prominently identified
witli its history for more than fifty
years, as a gentleman of intelligence and one
who has enjoyed exceptional opportunites for
observation, a biography of him with some
reminiscences of early times will probably
form the most interesting and valuable contribution
of a personal and local nature that
appears in this volume relative to Milam
W. W. Oxsheer was born in Bledsoe county,
Tennessee, March 9. 1815, and is a son of
Samuel and Sarah (Wilson) Oxsheer. The
father was a native of Virginia, born in
1778, and the mother a native of North
Carolina, born in 1780. The parents moved
to Tennessee about 1812 and settled in Bledsoe
county, where the father died in 1837
and the mother in 1859. They left a family
of twelve children: William Wilson Oxsheer
was the eighth in age, being the third son.
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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/m1/264/?rotate=270: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .