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eighteen years he became self-supporting, engaging
in farming; he cultivated land on the
shares for a period of three years, and then
turned his attention to shoemaking, as lie
concluded he would master a trade. At the
end of twelve months, however, lie returned
to the plow and hoe, having purchased a
a small farm, onil which he resided eight years.
W. W. Croslin, his father, was born in
Smith county, Tennessee, in 1805; lie was a
slave-owner, and was a moderately successful
planter. He married Catharine Byrunm, a
daughter of Simeon Byruin and one of a
family of eleven children; her mother's
maiden name was Stork. They had a family
of five children: Tamar, wife of B. D. Hulsey;
one child, who died in infancy; S. P., the
subject of this notice; W. B.; and Sarah, deceased,
who was the wife of S. T. Bell. Tlhe
father died in 1844, and the mother was married
a second time, being united to Anderson
Jones; she died in April, 1865.
After a varied career in his native State
S. P Croslin came to Texas in 1881, as be
fore stated. Crippled by a white swelling,
he was unable to perform military service during
the Civil var. The first six'years of his
residence in Williamson county lie farmed
o'n rented lard; he now owns a desirable
body of seventy-six acres, fifty of which are
under cultivation; in 1891 he gathered nineteen
bales of cotton, and the following year
increased the yield to twenty-seven bales.
As the result of years of close application
and excellent management he is in easy circumnstances.
His farm is well improved, and
well stocked with good grades of animals.
Mr. Croslin was married in August, 1873,
to N. A. Baird, a daughter of Miles and
Elizabeth (Harris) Baird, and one of a family
of twehle children. Mr. and Mrs. Croslin
are the parents of five children: Norman,
John, Lizzie, Fannie and Lavita. Inl all the
relations of life Mr. Croslin has shown himnself
a man of the strictest integrity, and has
won the entire confidence of all with whom
he has been associated.
M. BURRIS, one of the early pi)11
neer settlers of Texas, andI a farmer of
Williamson county, was born in Miisouri,
November 25, 1815, a son of David
and Nellie (Lackey) Burris, natives of New
York. The paternal grandfather of our subject
served in thl Revolutionary war. David
Burris emigrated to Missouri at a very early
day, when it was yet a Territory, and for
seven years after locating there was obliged to
fight the Indians. They lived in tforts, and
at one time their cabin had a strong puncheon
door, in which was a hole to put the hand to
open thle door. At one time a neighbor of
our suIbject remained alone during the day,
and the Indians made a raid on the house.
She closed the door, but an Indian ran hi.s
hand through the hole, aind she cut his land
off with an ax. After the Indians hadl gone
she took the land and made her escape to
the fort. iMr. and Mrs. Burris had a large
family of children, of whom our subject was
the third child, and he is supposed to be the
only one now living. One brother came to
Texas and died in Collin county.
J. M. Burris was early injured to farm
labor. In the fall of 1837 he emigrated to
Texas, in company with several families, and
was three months on the road. Ile located
in Red River county, where lie first farmned
on rented land, and remained in that county
several years. He next bought wild land in
Titus county, one and one-half miles from
where Dancrgerfield now stands, afterward
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