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HIS lORY OF TEXAS. 305
came to Texas. She was reared mainly in
Palestine. Mr. and Mrs. Rowland have but
one child, Alice Pearl, now a young lady
verging on womanhood.
(OHN P. STURGIS, a member of the
I firm of Womack & Sturgis, of Taylor,
was born in Columbus, Georgia, in
1851, a son of John and Eliza (Cook) Stur
gis. The father was engaged in mercantile
business in Columbus, and his death occurred
when our subject was but three years of age.
The mother afterward moved to this State,
landing in Montgomery, Montgomery county,
on Christmas day, 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis
were the parents of five children: Lucy,
widow of John C. Womack; Laura, deceased;
Sallie C., deceased, was the wife of W. T.
Nobles; John P., our subject; and Josephine,
wife of Charles Peynghaus, of Madisonville,
John P. Sturgis, the subject of this sketch,
attended the common schools of Montgonmery,
Texas, and completed his education
at Dolbear's Commercial College, New Orleans,
graduating at that institution at the
age of nineteen years. After returning home i
he was employed as a laborer on a railroad,
next followed contracting one year, served as
Deputy County and District Clerk of Montgomery
county one year, spent the following
year as bookkeeper for the firm of Gary &
Nobles, and then formed a partnership with
J. W. Womack and W. T. Nobles, under the
firm name of W. T. Nobles & Co. In addition
to his other business interests, Mr. Sturgis
has served as vice-president of the First
National Bank since its organization in 1883.
In 1876 our subject was united in marriage
with Miss Anna Griffith, a native of
Louisiana and a daughter of John and Rebecca
(Trion) Griffith, natives also of that
State. The father died in his native State,
and the reinaindtr of the family afterward
came to Texas, locating near Montgomery.
Mr. and Mrs. Griffith had ten children, all
of whom lived to years of maturity, and only
one is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis
have had one child, William J., born Jan uary
8, 1877, and died in 1888. In his social relations,
our subject is a member of the A. L.
f ENRY LOCKWOOD, lumber mierchant
of IRockdale, Milam county, is a
native Texan, having been born in
harris county, October 18, 1855. His
father, William R. Lockwood, was a native of
Connecticut; born November 13, 1805; reared
in that State and in New York, near the city
of Buffalo, whither his parents moved when
he was young. He left New York at the
age of sixteen and came South, stopping at
New Orleans, where he shortly afterward engaged
for a whaling voyage, during which
time lie was in foreign seas for a year. He
then returned to New Orleans, aud about
1823 or 1824 came to Texas on a tour of exploration.
After making two or three trips
back and forth between Texas and New Orleans,
he settled in Houston, Harris county,
where he engaged in cutting and shipping
wood from that locality to Galveston. Later
he moved to Tarkington's prairie, which was
then in Liberty county, and there in 1839
married Elizabeth McDonald, a native of
Louisiana and daughter of John McDonald,
a veteran of the war of 1812, who moved to
Texas about 1806. From Tarkington's prairie
he returned to Harris county, taking up
his residence on Green's Bayou, where lihe
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