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: 279
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Alabama. Her parents were William P. and
Annie H. Phillips, the father being a native
of Tennessee and reared in Alabama, the
mother a native of Alabama. The parents
were married in 1846. The father was a
prominent and influential farmer of Alabama.
He died in Memphis, Tennessee, December
31, 1874. The mother is still living. Mrs.
Quinn is one of four children, three now living,
these being Mrs. Virginia Avery, Mrs.
Alice Quinn, and Mrs. Willie Cheathamn, the
deceased one being Minnie B., who died unmarried.
d OHN McCUTCHEON is another one
of the popular and substantial men of
Williamson county, Texas. " Jack"
McCutcheon, as he is familiarly known, is a
son of William McCutcheon, whose name is
well known in this vicinity. The former
was born in Bastrop county, Texas, February
4, 1840, and received a fair English education
in Travis county, to which place the
family moved when he was a boy. When lihe
was fifteen or sixteen years of age he helped
his father drive a band of cattle from a
point west of San Antonio, Texas, to Quincy,
Illinois, being several months in making
the journey, and still retaining many pleasant
memories connected with that trip. He
grew up on his father's farm, receiving the
best of training from his mother, wlho had
charge of the farming operations during her
husband's absence, lie being engaged in
teaming and being away from home much
of the time. When he was nineteen Jack
began working for wages, receiving $18 per
month. Early in life he had a desire to accumulate
property, and by saving his earnings
and investing thle same in horses in a
few years he got a good start, having a num18
ber of horses and a couple of hundred dollars
when the Civil war broke out. In the spriLng
of 1862 he enlisted in Colonel Darnell's regimnient,
Captain hIart's company, and soon
afterward joined a regiment of Mi3issouri
State troops, with Captain Crisp in coinmand
of the company and Colonel Coffey at
the head of the regiment. A little later this
command was mustered into the service of
the Confederate government and was brigaded
with Joe Shelby. Mr. McCutcheun relates
with interest many of the incidents
connected with his service while a private,
courier and Sergeant Major, to which position
lie rose by merited promotion. In 18;:A
lie was transferred to west Texas for service
on the Rio Grande, and at the inouth of
that river assisted in the capture of about
150 Yankee soldiers from Ohio.
A few weeks after the surrender of General
Lee our subject went home. A small
amount of money and some horses was the
sum total of his earthly possessions at this
time. Soon after his return home lie engaged
to take a drove of cattle to Ottiunwa,
Iowa, these being probably thle first Texas
cattle that ever passed through Kansas. For
this service lie received $100 a inobtli. The
next season he and his brothers and father
were equally interested in a herd of stock
driven to Kansas, and for six years longer
Mr. McCutcheon followed the trail and made
handsome profits out of the business. With
these accumulations he purchased his first
farm and settled down to its cultivation and
improvement. He is now the proud possessor
of 917 acres of fine black soil, all
under fence, in Williamson county, and also
owns 2,000 acres of his father's headright in
Bastrop county. Besides this he owns property
in Taylor, Texas, and in Oklahoma. He
is engaged extensively in tlhe raising of
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