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added until he now owns 580 acres. Ihis entire
farm is fenced, 240 acres under a good
state of cultivation, with a good residence,
etc. Since 1887 Mr. Scott has been engaged
in the sheep and cattle business, starting with
150 head of sheep, and has since sold, in mutton
and wool, to the amount of $2,300, and
has a good herd left. He handles a fine grade
of cattle. His home is located within five
miles of both Bartlett and Granger.
In Virginia, in February, 1877, lie was
united in marriage with MIiss Fanny B. Rudasill,
who was born in that State December
16, 1854, a daughter of a Philip Rudasill, of
German descent, and one of the earliest settlers
of Virginia, where he spent his entire
life. Mr. and Mrs. Scott have had three
children, one now living, Edd, born March
22, 1884. Mr. Scott is independent in his
political views, but at the last election voted
with the People's party.
t J. DURANT, a farmer and stock-raiser
of Williamson county, was born in Ala^
bama, March 14, 1811, son of Latchley
and Mary (Hall) DIurant, the
former a native of South Carolina, and tie
latter of Florida. His mother survived tlhe
massacreofSt. John's, Florida. The father was
a Captain in the war of 1812, was a prominent
slave-owner, and his death occurred at Pensacola,
Florida, in 1853. The maternal grandfather
of our subject was an early settler of
Florida, and lived near St. John at the tine
of the massacre, but was engaged as a scout
during that time. Mr. and Mrs. Latchley
Durant were the parents of seven children,
viz.: Sarah A., wife of Samuel Adams; Martin,
who never came to this State; A. J., our
subject; William; Arelia, who married J.
Knox; Constantine, of Alabama; and har,'les.
A. J., Constantine and Charles are the only
ones now living.
A. J. Durant remained with his parents
until thirty-three years of age, when he began
farming for himself. In 1846 he removed
to Mississippi, one year later went to Louisiana,
and in 1853 came to Williamson county,
Texas, having blrollught a number of slaves
with him. He located on Donahue creek,
purchased and improved two small tracts of
land, and after the close of the war bought
his present farm of 1,600 acres. He has also
given land to each of his children. Mr. [urant
has 600 acres of his farm under a fili
state of cultivation. In 1864: he entered the
Confederate army, served principally on Galveston
island, under Colonel Sam ERisley alnd
Captain Berry, and in the following spring
received a fti'rlough and returned home, with
the understanding that he was to return to
the war if needed. Since the close of the
struggle he has been engaged in general
farming and stock-raising, in which lie has
been very successful.
Mr. Durant was married in 1840, to Miss
Sarah J. McNeill, a daughter of Samuel and
Margaret (Jones) McNeill, natives of Georgia,
and of Irish descent. The parents afterward
moved to Mississippi, where both died. Mr.
and Mrs. Durant have had nine children,
namely: Lehellar, who married Samuel McLaughlin,
and both are now deceased; Sarah
J., wife of Thomas Jones, a farmer of Bell
county, Texas; Otllo, engaged in the stock
business at Abilene, Taylor county; Arillia,
deceased, was the wife of C. Williams; Shelby,
a farmer of Williamson county; A. J., also a
farmer of this county; Randolph, engaged in
the stock business at Abilene; Mildred, wife
of L. M. Minton, a stock-raiser of Indian Ter
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