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of the mercantile business that was very events, lie never sought office of any kind
serviceable to hill in later years. By the nor became an over-zealous participant in poexercise
of industry 'and economy he saved litical conventions or other gatherings. He
some means from his earnings, and in 1870 was a Democrat throughout life and always
began business for himself in partnership supported the nominees of his party, and his
with S. D. Whitley. He was engaged in the home was always open to, and was regarded
mercantile business until 1879, when, having as a sort of political headquarters for aspirpurchased
600 acres of land in Little river ants in their tours over the county. His rebottom,
he decided to withdraw from inercan- ligions connection was with the Presbyterian
tile pursuits and engage in agriculture. Church, in which he was a Deacon for a
Having married he moved out to his place number of years and in the affairs of which
and at once began farming on a large and lie always manifested the liveliest interest.
profitable scale. He later added 700 acres Mr. William's marriage occurred on the
to his original purchase. He opened addi- 17th day of June, 1875, and was to Miss
tional land each year and put the earnings of Emma Massengale, a daughter of Alfred M.
the farm in improvements, so that at his and Emily Massingale. Alfred M. Massendeath
ten years later lie had one of the larg- gale was born in Alabama, in October, 1814,
est, best improved and most desirable places was a farmer by occupation, following this
in the Little river or Brazos bottom country. and stock-raising throughout life. He
This farm, since conducted on the same geu- moved to Texas in 1852, settling in Milam
erous and efficient plan by his widow, has county, where he lived till his death, which
been placed almost entirely under cultivation. occurred in 1874. He was three times marand
has on it, including what was placed ried. His first marriage was to Miss Emily
there during Mr. William's life and what has Billard, by whom he had one child, Julia E.
been done since, improvements of the value His second marriage was to Miss Emily Mcof
several thousand dollars. It is also well Kinney, by whom he had the following
stocked not only with serviceable farm stock, children: Harris H., John, Columbus, Albut
also with some thoroughbred and high- fred, Anna, Thomas and Emma. His third
grade horses and cattle, of which Mr. Will- marriage was to Mrs. Carrie Slay, by whom
iams was a great admirer, Mrs. Williams he had two children, Mary D. and Perry S.
sharing his tastes ini this direction and being Mrs. Williams, the youngest of the second
no less successful in the selection, breeding marriage above mentioned, was born in
and handling of the same. Mr. Williams Coosa county, Alabama, October 23, 1852,
t.ok an interest in his farming and stock- and was reared in Milam county, this State,
raising pursuits that was akin to enthusbiasnm, whither her parents moved two years later.
and the success that he achieved in these was She was educated in the local schools, receivattributable
to the zeal and intelligence with ing the benefit of good training, having atwhich
he prosecuted them. His thought tended Port Sullivan Academy, then the best
centered in his home and his business inter- school in the county. Being brought up on
ests, and, while he gave due attention to the the farm and under the watchful care of inprogress
of affairs around him and was a telligent parents, she was as much schooled
reader and thoughtful observer of passing in the practical management of the affairs of
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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/m1/329/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .