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HIISTORY OF TEXAS.
poor health, was successful in all his undertakings.
His death occurred in Austin,
June 16, 1892.
In 1846 our subject was united in marriage
to Louisa Maria White, a daughter of
Gideon White, whlo was killed by Indians
near Seiders Springs. To this union were
born three children: Edward G., a jeweler of
Kansas City, Missouri; Henry B., a railroad
contractor of Taylor, Texas; and Pinkney, a
farmer by occupation, and a resident of
Austin. The wife and mother (lied in 1854,
having been a member of the First Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Seiders was again mlarried
January 20, 1858, to Letitia Lewis, a
daughter of John E. and Ann (Scott) Lewis.
The father served in the war for Texas, took
part in the battle of San Jacinto, was present
at the capture of Santa Anna, and served as
a gunsmitll in Sam Houston's army. The
mother now resides in Austin. Mr. and
Mrs. Lewis had thirteen children, viz.: William,
deceased; John; James; Jacob, deceased;
Letitia, wife of our subject; Phebe,
wife of Edd Spencer, of Fayette county,
Texas; Emily, a deaf mute, who was the first
female student in the Deaf and Dumb College,
at Austin, and has been a teacher there
foj twenty-five years; Mary, deceased, was the
wife of Jaimes George; Alfred, deceased; Anna
Laura, now Mrs. John Taylor, of Fayette
county; Nellie, wife of J. T. W. Lowe, assi-tant
editor of the Mercury, of Dallas; Jesse, a
farmer of Milaim county; and Bessie, wife of
H. B. Beck, of Austin. Mr. and Mrs. Seil
ders have had five children: John, a stockman
of San Saba county, has served as County
Commissioner of that county; Jefferson D.,
proprietor of tile Texas City Transfer, of Taylor;
Robert L., clerk in a hardware store in
San Saba county; Arthur James, at the old
home place in Austin; and Alfred at home.
Mr. Seiders was identified with the Democratic
party, and, although not a memller of
any church, was a liberal supporter of the
same. He was a manl of even temper, jovial
disposition, was well informed and charitable,
and was respected by all who knew him.
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R. L. J. TURNER, physician and
surgeon of Rockdale, Milam county,
is a native of Spartanburg district,
South Carolina, where he was born April 21,
1839. His parents were also natives of South
Carolina, his father, Peyton Turner, ha% ing
been born in Spartanburg district, in 1817,
and his mother, whose mnaiden name was Lucinda
Grimes, in Newberry district, in 1823.
The parents were married in their native
State, and resided there until 1856, when they
emigrated to Texas, settling in Bell county.
In that county, their children, eight ill number,
were principally reared.
The second of these, Losson John, the
subject of this notice, received his literary
education at Spartanburg, South Carolina, and
returning to that place in 1859 read medicine
with an old friend of his father's, Dr. lRowland,
and later entered the medical college at
Charleston, where he had taken one course of
lectures when the war opened. He entered
the Confedeate army in 1861, enlisting in
Company I, Ninth South Carolina Infantry.
He served in this command in the capacity of
Orderly Sergeant, First Lieutenant and Captain,
commanding the company for nearly
two years, when he 'resigned and joined Company
A, Eighth Texas (Terry's Texas rangers),
with which he served till the close of tlle war.
He took part in most of the engagements that
were fought on Virginia and Maryland soil
during his connection with the army operat
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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/m1/325/?rotate=270: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .