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HISTORY OF TEXAS. :3)1
lungs. At the end of six months spent in
the hospital lie was granted a furlough, and
was not again in service. He was married
the year the war closed, and the following
year settled in his present home. He owns
a fine farm of 500 acres, and has placed 150
acres under good cultivation; the soil is of a
most desirable quality, and yields abundant
Although a pronounced Democrat, until
recently Mr. Sneed has not taken an active
interest in politics. During a recent campaign
between the two Democratic factions
in Texas, he announced himself tor Hogg,
and aided very materially in carrying his box
S. G(. Sneed, father of W. J., was born in
Missouri in 1802; there he grew to maturity
and was educated for the legal profession.
He removed to Arkansas at an early date and
practiced law there before coming to Texab;
he held the office of County Judge before the
war, and when the questions arose that led to
the war declared himself for secession. lie
was united in marriage to Miranda Adkins,
and they reared a family of eleven children:
Edward, deceased; Louisa, wife of John B.
Co,.ta; Thomas E., an attorney of Austin;
Susan E., widow of Dr. R. S. Morgan; Mary
C., deceased, was the wife of S. Mussett; S.
G., County Superintendent of Schools of
Travis county; Miranda, wife of J. A. Bledsoe;
Isabella, wife of T. G. Anderson; W. J.,
the subject of this biography; Matilda, deceased,
was the wife of Calvin Goodloe; and
Newton, a farmer of Dallas county.
Our subject was married in September,
1865, to Mary E., a daughter of Nicholas
McArthur, an early settler of Travis county,
who came as early as 1836; he reared a
family of three children: Mary E., J. P.,
and John T. Mr. and Mrs. Sneed are the
parents of five children: F'ai ui'. thel wife
of Victor Oatman; William,< (., L()(li ,1. S.
T., and Mack A. Tlhe sons were educated in
the district schools, and the daughterss in the
Catholic schools, the mother being a member
of the Roman Catholic Church.
R. PEARCE, a well-to-do farmer of
Travis county, is one of the leading
citizens of Delvalle. He is a native of
Tennessee, born in Bradley county,
February 28, 1854. His father, James Pearce,
a Virginian by birth, removed to Tennessee
about the year 1845, and there became prolminent
in his county; he held the office of
Sheriff at the time of his death. lie was a
secessionist at heart, and contributed liberally
of his means to the Confederacy. He died in
1862, at the age of forty-five years. He had
just succeeded in securing a contract with
the Confederate Government for supplying a
large quantity of lead for the manufacture of
ammunition. His father, Lewis Pearce, was
also born in Virginia, and followed farming
in the latter years of his life. He was a soldier
in the war of 1812, and when the struggle
between Texas and Mexico came he joined
the forces of the young Republic and aided
hier in winning her independence. He returned
to Tennessee, where he died at an advanced
age. James Pearce married Mary, a
daughter of Thomas Burch of Virginia; her
mother's maiden name was Mary Smith, and
3he was one of a family of seven children:
John, deceased; Reuben, Eliza, wife of Mr.
McCoy; Mary, J. C., Houston, and Mark.
Mr. and Mrs. Pearce were the parents of
eight children: James, deceased; Mary, wife
of Alexander Johns; T. R., whose name heads
this notice; John, W. G., and three children
who died in infancy.
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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/m1/316/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .