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deceased, was the wife of Thomas Henry;
Mattie is the wife of T. R. Pearce (see
sketch); Louisa J. married H. C. Foster;
R. F.; and the youngest, Susan, died at the
age of ten years. The mother died in 1883.
and Mr. Jones was afterward married to Mrs.
Large, nee Burnett.
R. F. Jones was educated in the district
school, and received a thorough training in
all the details of agriculture. He now owns
a fine farm of 732 acres, 250 acres of which
are cultivated to cotton. He also raises some
live-stock, feeding from twenty-five to fifty
head of cattle annually. Politically, he
affiliates with the Democratic party, but beyond
the exercise of his right of suffrage,
takes little interest in the action of that body.
He was married December 25, 1879, to
Miss Annie Berry, a daughter of James W.
Berry, who married a Miss Motlow. Mr.
and Mrs. Berry were the parents of seven
children: George, Tom, Annie, Fannie, Rob-..
ert, James, and William. Mr. and Mrs.
Jones have a family of five children: Ida,
born in September, 1880; James, in August,
1882; Myrtle, in February, 1884; Ethel, in
September, 1887; and Hattie, April, 1890.
Mr. Jones has made a great success of life,
and his many achievements are due to his
untiring energy, industry and thrift, a most
excellent heritage.
J G. MATTHEWS, a successful business
man of Williamson county, is a son of
Abner and Senath (Henderson) Matthews.
Tho grandfather of our subject,
James Matthews, came with his wife from
Ireland to Mecklenburg county, North Carolina,
about the time of the IRevolutionary war,
where they continued to reside until 1812.

In that year they located in Maury county,
Tennessee, where they both afterward died.
Abner Matthew was born in North Carolina,
in 1792, and when a young man served with
General Jackson in the Creek Indian war.
He was married in Maury county, Tennessee,
in 1813; in 1834 located in Tipton county,
that State, and five years later came to Texas.
In the spring of 1840 lie located in Travis
county, where lie died in 1862; and the
mother, a native of North Carolina, died in
1852. He was a farmer by occupation, also
served as Justice of tlhe peace, and was a
member of the Presbyterian Church. Tihe
Henderson family moved from North Carolina
to Tennessee. They were members of
the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs.
Abner Matthews were the parents of ten
children, viz.: Mary D., deceased; James,
deceased; Nancy A., deceased; John G., the
subject of this sketch; Easter A., deceased;
E. S., a farmer residing three miles from
Austin; and Eliza J., Martha M. and Robert
F., deceased.
J. G. Matthews was born in Maury county,
Tennessee, March 3, 1824, and was sixteen
years of age when lie caine with his parents
to Texas. During the '40s he was principally
engaged in ranger service, was a inmember
of a squad of Jack Hays' rangers, under
Lieutenant Coleman; served on the frontier
and had many skirmishes with the Indians.
His house was located in the extreme western
settlement from Austin. Mr. Matthews
followed farming in Travis county until
1870, and for the following twenty years was
engaged in the same occupation near Liberty
Hill, Williamson county. He then came to
this city. At the time of the annexation of
Texas to the United States, he was a mnember
of Captain D. C. Caty's company of
rangers, which afterward became a part of

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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/m1/294/ocr/: accessed February 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .