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lIhTOllY OF TEXAS.
means, led a quiet, uneventful life and died
in the esteem of those among whom his life
had been passed. He was three times married,
first to Parmelia Blair, who died childless;
secondly to the mother of the subject of
this sketch, and thirdly to Elizabeth Teague,
who bore hinm four children. Mary Eliza
Elliott, second wife of IRobert L. Elliott and
mother of James C. Elliott, was a daughter
of Robert C. Reed, who was a prosperous
Alabama planter and herself a lady of pious
Christian life. She was the mother of seven
children, of whom the subject of this notice is
the Fecond in age. Her eldest child was Henry
B., who died after reaching manhood; Martha
I. is the wife of John M. Roberts of Bell
county, Texas; Thomas, who died in the
Confederate army in 1862: William N. died
after reaching manhood; Richard is a resident
of McCulloch county, this State; and
Mary, who died at about the age of twentytwo,
unm i arried.
James C. Elliott was ten years old when
his parents moved to this State. His youth
was passed in Cherokee, Caldwell and Bell
counties. In 1861 be entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in Company K, First
Texas Cavalry, with which he served during
the war, mostly in Louisiana and Texas, being
much of the time on the skirmish line between
the Union and Confederate lines. He
took part in the series of engagements following
Banks' Red river campaign and surrendered
at Natchitoches, Louisiana, in May,
1865. Returning home lie was engaged in
driving stock until 1868, when he married
and settled on a farm in Milamn county, six
miles south of Thorndale, where for fifteen
years he was engaged in farming. In 1883
he moved to Thorndale and engaged in the
hotel business, returning to his farm in about
eighteen months, but taking the hotel again
in 1890, which he is now running, in connection
with the lumber business. lBesides
his farm he owns property in Tlhorndale and
a very good hotel and lumber trade in that
June 17, 1868, Mr. Elliott married Miss
Sarah E. Mills, a daughter of Thomas alnd
Sarah Mills, who moved to Texas, from Missouri,
and by this union he had six children:
Joseph,; Thomas R.; Ida, deceased; Minnie;
Jennie, and Willis Burton.
Mr. Elliott has filled the usual number of
local offices in his neighborhood; is independent
in politics, but a member of the Alliance
and Grange, and both lie and his wife a-re
members of the Methodist Church.
J F. ALLISON, a farmer and pioneer
of Williamson county, was born in
Hardeman county, Tennessee, July 29,
1830, a son of Elisha C. and Margaret M.
(Neely) Allison, natives of Virginia and
South Carolina respectively. The fatlier was
a son of John Allison, a native of Virginia,
and the latter's father, a Scotchman, was
killed in the Revolutionary war. John Allison
learned the trade of blacksmithing in
Virginia, was a prominent slave-owner, and
moved to Tenressee. The father of our subject
was reared in the latter State, and after
coming to Williamson county, Texas, became
a prominent land and slave owner. His death
occurred in this countyin 1871. The mother
of our subject died in 1867. Mr. and Mrs.
Allison were the parents of ten children,
eight of whom grew to years of maturity,
viz.: J. F., our subject; Mary S., deceased,
was the wife of E. Morris; Sarah J., wife of
James J. Young; Elizabeth A., deceased,
was the wife of 11. Smith; Margaret, wife 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/m1/301/?rotate=270: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .