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right of his father. He and Mrs. Hill retain
their respective interests in the estate,
and reside together. He has eighty acres in
an advanced state of cultivation, the chief
products being corn and cotton. lie has been
quite successful in the undertakings of life,
and enjoys the esteem of a wide circle of
friends. Mr. Moore is unmarried.
MoSLOAN, a fartner of Williamson
county, was born in Pickens district,
South Carolina, September 21, 1827,
a son of Thomas McSloan, a native also of
that State. The latter's father, David McSloan,
was a native of Virginia, an early settler
of South Carolina, and was Captain of a
company in the Indian fight at King mountain.
Thomas McSloan married Nancy Blassengane,
a native of South Carolina and of
French descent. That family were early settlers
in this country, and were soldiers in
many of the early Indian fights. Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas McSloan had fifteen children,
all of whom grew to years of maturity, and
nine are - still living. Our subject and one
sister are the only ones of the family to come
to Texas, and the latter is the wife of Samuel
Early. The remainder of the children still
reside in South Carolina. Six sons took
part in the late war, one of whom died while
in service, and one shortly afterward, from
the effects of wounds received in the army.
Another son, Benjamin McSloan, is professor
in Columbia College, of South Carolina.
The family were all strong secessionists.
D. McSloan, the subject of this sketch, was
early inured to farm labor, and was educated
in the subscription schools of his native
county. In 1853 he came by teams to Texas,
bringing his family and a number of slaves,
anmd located in thle Sai (Gabriel valley, Williamnson
county. lie purclha.-ed hii p]-eserit
farm,' of 900 acres, 340 acres of wvhicli alie
under a good state of cultivation, anll the
work is carried on by tenants. In 1811 lhe
enlisted for service in a squadron in companyny
A, served in Missouri and Arkalnsas, and
after a time the coin mnand was ordered to dismount,
but after due consideration was continued
as cavalry to the close of the struggle.
Mr. McSloan took part against Bank's raid
on Red river, followed him to Yellow Bayou,
and the command then fell back to Texas.
At the close of the war our subject held the
rank of Lieutenant of his company.
In 1854 he was united in marriage witli
Miss Mary Easley, a daughter of John and
Elizabeth Easley, natives of South Carolina.
The father was a prominent planter of that
State. Mr. and Mrs. MceSloan have had seven
children, four now living: David, the eldest
child; Martlia, wife of John Kritser, engaged
in the stock business at Taylor; William, a
farrner of Williamson county; Nannie, wife
of Owen France, a farmer and stock-raiser of
Williamson county. Mrs. McSloan died November
3, 1890. The family are members
of the Methodist Church, and, politically, our
subject affiliates with the Democratic party.
He is now living with his son at the old
homestead, engaged in looking after the details
of the farm.
AMES L. ROOT, of the firm of Simons,
Root & Co., of Taylor, was born in
Livingston, Missouri, in 1854, a son of
Daniel H. and Martha (Alexander) Root, of
English and Irish parentage. The Root
family caine to America after the war for
independence, locating in Virginia. The
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