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1867 came to Texas, stopping at Cameron,
where he secured admission to the bar. He
then returned to Alabama, where he married
Miss Cornelia Orr, of Talladega county, that
State, and, coming again to Texas located at
Cameron, where he entered on the practice
of his profession. His rise at the bar was
rapid, and he soon took.a leading place among
the best talent in the State. He was for
many years prominent in politics and enjoyed
an extensive acquaintance among the leading
politicians of the State. He represented
Milami county in the Constitutional Convention
of 1876, and occupied conspicuous and
important places both before that convention
and on its committees. From his practice as
a lawyer he acummnulated considerable property,
mostly in real-estate which has grown
to be valuable with the settlement and developmnent
of the country.
His wife, Mrs. Cornelia Orr Smith, is now
residing at Salado, Bell county. She was
born in Talladega county, Alabama, and is a
daughter of William A. and Cynthia A. Orr,
her father being the inventor and patentee
of the Orr cotton gin, and a successful man
of business. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have four
children: Daisy, Cornelia Eden, Minnie Bell
and Roy E.
The last, named was born in Cameron, Milam
county, April 27, 1869. He was reared there
and at Salado, Bell county. His preliminary
education was obtained in the schools
of Salado. He spent two years at the
State University at Austin, traveled for
two years and then settled on a farm
about midway between Cameron and Rockdale,
where he engaged in agricultural pursuits,
where he is meeting with a fair success,
and where he enjoys the unbounded
confidence and esteem of those by whon/ he
ig surrounded. Miss Dasie Laura Sijith
graduated with high honors at the Lucy Cobb
College, located at Athens, Georgia; Cornelia
Eden has graduated at the Thomas Arnold
high school at Salado, with distinguished
honors; and Minnie Bell is still at school.
T ( ENRY B. SEIDERS, a successful
business man of Taylor, was born in
Travis county, in 1850, a son of Edward
and Louisa (White) Seiders, natives
of Maine and Texas, respectively. The
paternal grandfather of our subject came from
Germany to this country, locating in Maine.
Edward Seiders was born February 15, 1812.
He removed to Louisiana when a young man,
where he was employed as clerk irna store in
New Orleans for some time. In 1836 he
located near Columbus, Texas, but a short
time afterward went to Brazos county, where
he was employed as manager of the Gideon
White plantation for some time. About 1846
he moved to where Austin is now located,
where he and his father-in-law purchased
1,200 acres of the Speer's league of land,
located on the northern border of the city. At
that time Austin contained only a few houses,
the county having not yet been organized,
and no one thought of the village becoming
in the future the seat of government for the
Republic of Texas, as well as now the State
capital. Mr. Seiders devoted his time to
farming and stock-raising. Farming in
those days was the most dangerous work one
could engage in, as the Indians 'were numerous
and hostile. Mr. Seider's father
would often plow with his gun fastened to
his plow handles, not knowing at what time
they would make a raid, and he would thep
be obliged to fight his way to his family.
Edward Seiders was a soldier in thlep service
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