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JILsTOdY OF TEXAS. 307
side there until 1858, when they located in
Llano county, for Letter stock privileges.
After a residence there of al)out fifteen years,
be bought the farm which Mrs. Deats still
owns, located two and a half miles below
Austin, where he (lied June 11, 1885. 3Mr.
Deats was respected bly all who knew him,
and is mourned by a large circle of friends.
He was a Democrat in his political views,
was a ]Master Mason, and, although not a
member of any church, was a moral man
during his entire lifetime. Mr. and Mrs.
lDats had seven children: Mary E., at home;
Thonmas A. married Annie Elkins of Mitchell
county, and now resides in Comanche
county; Laura, deceased at thle age of two
years and ten months; Robert A. married
Jane Burleson and lives near his mother;
Eliza, wife of Thomas Thrasher, of Travis
county; Martha F., wife of Rufus Burleson
and lives near her mother; Paul M. married
Eunice Banks and resides with his mother.
MIrs. Deats, the subject of tllis sketch, was
born in Coweta county, Georgia, a daughter
of Burrel and Elizabeth (Sorrels) Ware. The
family came to Bastrop county in 1840, and
located on the Colorado river, fourteen miles
below the town of Bastrop, where the parents
both died. Mrs. Deats lived at the old home
near Austin until 1891, when she erected a
beautiful little home near Webberville, and
will pass the remaining days among her children
J OHN. C. WILSON, of Travis county,
Texas, was born in Rutherford county,
Tennessee, December 23, 1825, a sonl
John and Mary Nash (May) Wilson. The
Wilson family are of Irish descent, and
moved from Tennessee to Rowan county,
North Carolina. The grandfather of our
sul)ject, .Johni Wilson, lived in tllat State
during the Revolutionary war, and time father
was also born and raised( to manhoo(l
there. At the age of fourteen years lie vol.
unteered to go to Jackson's aid at New
Orleans, but the battle was over before his
company reached the scene. A few years
afterward he emigrated to Tennessee, where,
in Rutherford county, in 1817, he married
Mary May. She died in 1838. They were
the parents of ten. children, only two of
whomn are now living,-Johln C., our subjeet;
and Rebecca, wife of S. Webb, of
Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In 184:0 the
father married Rhloda Manor, of Rutllerford
county, and in 1850 they located on the
Colorado river, in the neighborhood known
as Hornby's Bend, Travis county, Texas,
where Mr. Wilson died in 1852. His widow
survived him about thirty years. They
had six children, four now living,-D. M., a
real-estate dealer of Austin; Don, a merchant
of that city; Scott, also of Austin;
and Elizabeth, now Mrs. Alley, of Travis
John C. Wilson, the subjectof this sketch,
was born and raised in Tennessee, but came
to Texas when a young man, in 1847. On
arriving in Travis county lie found a company
forming tor the Mexican war, and he
itntmediately enlisted in Belijamin l Hill's
company, which was a part of Hays' reginaent,
and went to tlhe front. They arrived
too late to take part in any of the battles,
and the company disbanded on Nueces river,
after which Mr. Wilson entered Baylor's
company at Monterey, and served until peace
was declared. In 1853 he located on his
present farm af 600 acres, five miles south
of Austin, 300 acres of which is under a
fine state of cultivation. At the. time of
1116 TO 3 Y OF TEXAS.
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