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Lusk of Bell county. Mr. and Mrs. Kemp subject, whose name before marriage was
have had ten children, namely; Viola Ten- Marinda IIovey, was born in Ohlio, ill Nonessee,
wife of A. H. Ash, of Travis county; veinber, 1801, a daughter of l)aniel R. and
Lewis C., of Williamson county; Dora A., Hannal (Graves) IHovey. Mr. and Mrs.
wife of T. P. Smith, of Travis county; Edna, George Saunders were married in O)llio, ,uly
now Mrs. J. W. Graves, also of this county;4, 1826, and had six children, namely: WillSophronia
A., wife of J. C. Newton, of Coke iamn, who died July 23, 1890, aged sixtycounty,
Texas; Minnie, deceased; Samuel B., one years; Thaddeus S., a farmer of Travis
at home; Daisy, wife of E. R. Dixon, of county; Lucinda, wife of Alexander Brown,
Round Rock; Lillie, at home; and Cora L., a wealthy farmer of Aledo, Mercer county,
deceased in infancy. Mr. Kemp was a Demo- Illinois; Edwin L., the subject of this sketch;
crat in his political relations; socially, a meni- Eliza J., wife of E. S. Matthews, residing
ber of the Grange and the I. (. 0 F.; and, three miles east of Austin; and Louisa M.,
although not a member of any church, was a who died in Tehuacana in 1886, was the
good Christian gentleman. wife of John Algran.
Edwin L. Saunders was born in Chester,
+th---d '.:+- l 'Meigs county, Ohio, in 1835, but before
reaching the close of his first year was taken
E rDWIN L. SAUNDERS, a successful to Knox county, Illinois. In 1852 he came
farmer of Travis county, is a son of with his parents to Texas, and from 1856
-i George Saunders, who was born in until the opening of the late war was enNew
Jersey, in 1800. He afterward moved gaged in the stock business. Not being in
to Meigs county, Ohio, and in 1836 went by sympathy with the Southern cause, he went
wagon to Knox county, Illinois, where he to Mexico, thence to Cuba, later to New
was engaged in farming. In 1852 he came York, and in 1863 to Knox county Illinois.
to Texas, settling within one mile of our After the close of the struggle Mr. Saunders
subject's present home. His death occurred returned to Travis county, Texas, rented a
here in 1879, and at that time was worth farm four years near his present home, and
$50,000. He was an old-time Whig, later a during that time saved sufficient money to
Republican, and was a member of the Cumr- purchase and fence 170 acres of farm, payberland
Presbyterian Church. His parents ing $5.50 per acre. He now owns 400 acres,
were Abraham and Keziah (Thorp) Saun- nearly all of which is under a fine state of
ders. The former was born in London, corn- cultivation, and also has lots and residence
pleted a college course in that city, and was property in Austin.
afterward engaged in teaching. He came Mr. Saunders was married in Knox county,
to America just prior to the Revolutionary Illinois, in 1864, to Emma Ellis, a daughter
war, in which he served in the Continental of Laban and Prudence (Wallingford) Ellis,
army. Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Saunders natives of Kentucky. They moved to Inwere
married in New Jersey, February 18, diana, and afterward to Knox county, Illi1782,
and were the parents of five children: nois. The father was a farmer and miller
David, Abraham, Isaac, George and Eliza- by occupation. His death occurred in 1884,
beth, all now deceased. The mother of our and the mother departed this life in 1845f
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