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: 294
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missioner of the county two years, and has
,taken an active interest in county and neighborhood
April 5, 1855, he married Martha J. Carr,
a native of Tennessee, then residing in
Cherokee county, this State, her parents,
Erastus and Mary (Millican) Carr, having
moved to Texas about 1843. The fruit of
this union has been twelve children, but four
of whom are now living, although eight
reached maturity. The names in the order
of their ages are: AMartha, Tom, Frank and
James C., deceased; Julia, deceased, wife of
I. A. Beard; Susan, the wife of T. P. Smith,
of Atascosa, Texas; George D., of Milano;
Dora, deceased; W. Freeman, of Trinity
county, this State; Rosa, deceased; Charles,
at home; and Mary II., deceased. For more
than twenty years in early life, Mr. Hooker
was a member of the Church of the Disciples,
of which he was also a minister and
did much work of a ministerial nature; but
recently he has identified himself with the
"' New Church," a late organization, in which
lie is now a minister, and of whose doctrines
he is ain exponent of recognized ability. His
life has been devoted largely to the good of
his fellow-man, in the capacity of a minister.
L A FAYETTE D. HILL is one of the
best known physicians of Travis county,
having become a fixture in the hearts
of the people, and enjoys their deepest confidence
in his skill to battle with disease. lle
is a son of Tilary and Sallie (Rector) Hill.
The paternal family are of English descent,
and trace their ancestors back to Rowland
Ilill, a noted Baptist minister in the times of
the Commonwealth, and is spoken ' in history
for his advanced ideas on religion.
Isaac and two brothers, sons of Rowland,
emigrated to America in Colonial times, locating
in Maryland and Virginia. The
family had taken a prominent part with
Cromwell in upholding the Commonwealth,
and, after its fall, the feeling was so strong
against them that the father thought best
that his sons should leave the country. Isaac
located in Virginia, and was the great-greatgrandfather
of the subject of this sketch.
The great-grandfather was named James, and
the grandfather was Dr. Thomas Hill, who
brought the family from Virginia to Tennessee.
A purse for coin, intricate in design,
has been handed down in the Hill family
since Rowland Hill's time. He hated all the /
customs of royalty to such an extent that instead
of giving this relic to the eldest son he
gave it to the youngest son, Isaac, and cominanded
that it should so descend. It is now
owned by Benjamin Hill, of Grimes county,
Tilary 1Iill, the father of our subject, was
a Baptist minister by profession, his father
having been also a minister, as well as physician.
He was married January 11, 1827,
in Sevier county, Tennessee, afterward moved
to Alabama, and later to Mississippi. He
subsequently returned to Tennessee to transact
some business, and died there about 1835.
The mother of our subject was of German
descent, the family having come to this country
in Colonial times, and located in Virginia.
They were all highly educated, and members
of different professions. Benjamin Rector,
the grandfather of Mr. Hill, was a public
officer in Tennessee and Alabama all his life.
After her husband's death, the mother of our
sublect returned to her father and home in
Marshall county, Alabama, but in 1847 she
came with her father's brothers and others to
Bastrop, 'Texas. She afterward moved to
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