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: 290
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our subject, John Goff, was also a native of
Virginia, came to Texas after the late war,
and died here in 1866, aged ninety-two years.
The father of our subject filled many minor
offices of his county, was a farmer by occupation,
and was a great hunter. After coming
to this State he bought over 700 acres of
land, of which he cultivated 225 acres, and
was a slave owner. He died June 24, 1889.
His wife departed this life January 28, 1872.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were the parents of
eleven children, viz.: Jane M., wife of W.
A. Daniel; Robert M., deceased at the age of
six months; J. G., our subject; Mary J.
married R. S. Wylie, and both are now deceased;
Eliza K. married 0. M. Lesueur;
Andrew F., deceased in 1873; David M.,
who died in the army, in 1862; George W.,
a resident of Memphis, Tennessee; Sarah E.,
deceased in 1859; William H. H., who was
killed during the war, May 27,1864, at New
Hope Church; and Nancy M., who married
Thomas Lane. The children are all now deceased
but our subject and G. W.
J. G. Gordon moved with his parents to
Mississippi in 1843, and in 1853 came to
Williamson county, Texas. In the following
year he engaged in mercantile business in
Austin, but sold his store at the opening of
the late war. He was employed as Clerk in
the Land Office from 1863 until the close of
the struggle, after which le again engaged
in merchandising, and in 1870 removed to
his present farm in Williamson county, and
also controls other tracts of land. He has
sixty acres of his farm under a fine state of
cultivation. When Mr. Gordon came to this
locality it was but sparsely settled, and game
of all kinds was plentiful. He has always
taken an active part in public affairs, served
as County Treasurer of Travis county, was
a candidate for the same office in this county,
has always supported the Democratic party,
and is well posted on all general questions.
In addition to his farming and other interests,
Mr. Gordon has also given some attention
to stock-raising and private surveying,
and is an agent for the sale of lands.
He was married at Austin, in 1862, to
Miss L. R. Thompson, who was born in
Nashville, Texas, September 26, 1838, a
daughter of W. D. Thompson, a native of
Georgia. The father carne to Texas in 1831,
was a soldier with Ward and Pease in 1837,
and afterward became a large land owner of
Austin. He was a public-spirited man,
served in the Legislature of his State, and
after tlhe close of the late war returned to
Burleson county, where he died in 1866.
He was always a liberal contributor to
churches, but was never a member of any
Mr. Thompson married Permelia A. Evans,
a native of Tennessee. Her brother, D. J.
Evans, is a resident of Texas. Mr. and Mrs.
Thompson had eight children: Alexander C.,
D. D., Ann C. (deceased), Louisa R., Jasper
M., Elizabeth R., Lucinda L. and Knox.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon have had two children,
-Harrison, deceased in October, 1870; and
William A., attending school at Austin. Mr.
Gordon was formerly a member of the Whig
party, but since the war -has been identified
with the Democratic party.
P. CROSLIN has been identified with
the agricultural interests of Williamson
county since 1881, when he removed
from his native State to Texas. He
was born in middle Tennessee July 8, 1886;
there he grew to manhood in Robertson, and
received a limited education. At the age of
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