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: 286
'286 HISTORY OF TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
John T. Price, of Travis county; Venary,
4pceased; and C. M., a resident of Arkansas.
E. U. Kimbro, the subject of this sketch,
came to this State at the age of four years,
and from infancy was obliged to rely upon
himself, for protection against wild beasts and
wilder and more dangerous foes, the red men
of the West. At the age of eighteen years
he began hauling lumber for the second
State capitol at Austin, and at the age of
twenty-one years engaged in raising cattle
and horses. In 1861 he located near where
Taylor now stands. In 1862 Mr. Kimbro
joined a company of militia for the late war,
later became a member of Colonel Easley's
company, Colonel W. L. Mann's regiment of
cavalry, served on the island of Galveston, and
surrendered at Galveston. After returning
home he found most of his stock gone, and
recovered only about one-half of his original
lnummber. In 1867 he removed to Travis
county, for the purpose of educating his
daughters at Parsons' Seminary; spent four
years at Georgeto', n, and in 1891 came to
Taylor, Williamson county. HIe owns a
beautiful residence in this city, and has three
good farinms in Williamson county, 450 acres
of which is cultivated.
Mr. Kimbro was married, at the age of
twenty-five years, to Miss Lucinda Avery, a
daughter of -Willis and Elzana (Weeks)
Avery, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky,
respectively. The parents moved to
Missouri when young, where they were afterward
married. In 1832 they came with
Austin's first colony to Bastrop county, where
Mr. Avery engaged in farming and stockraising.
HIe was in many campaigns against
the Indians; participated in the battle of San
Jacinto, and also took part in the engagement
fought by the settlers on what was caVed Map
Battle Creek, near where Taylor now stands,
where four of the leading citizens were
killed -Jake Burleson, Daniel Gilliland,
Captain Walters and a Mr. Blakey. The
first squad of thirty which attacked the Indians
were repulsed, and on returning were
met by Captain Ed Burleson, and they again
opened fire. Both Indians and whites camped
on the battlefield that night, but in the
morning the Indians had vanished. Mr. and
Mrs. Avery had the following children:
Nancy, widow of William Bryant; Malinda,
deceased; Vincent R. C., and W. T., of Williamson
county; Lucinda, wife of our subject;
Willis, deceased; Henry, of Mills county,
Texas; John C., of Llano county; and Harriet,
wife of Thomas Christian. The wife
and mother died in 1870. Mr. and Mrs.
Ki mbro have had five children: H. Fredonia,
wife of R. B. Pumphrey; Josephine, wife of
G. M. Kirkendall; Kate, at home; Edwin, deceased;
and Henry, of this county. Mr. and
Mrs. Kimbro are members of the Missionary
Baptist Church, and the former also affiliates
with the A. F. & A. M.
dAMES C. ELLIOTT, hotel-keeper and
lumber merchant of Thorndale, Milam
county, is a native of Tennessee, born
in 1839, and is a son of Robert L. and Mary
Eliza Elliott, who were natives, the father of
Tennessee, born in 1810, and the mother of
Alabama. His parents were married in
Alabama, in 1837, and moved in 1848 to
Texas, making their first stop in Cherokee
county, whence they moved to Caldwell
county, and later to Bell county. The father
died in the year 1864, in Williamson county.
near Corn Hill, the mother having died in
Bell county in 1852. The father was a
farmer and stock-raiser, possessed some
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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/m1/299/ocr/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .