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he now cultivates. He gave his attention to
farming until 1887, when he began a mercantile
business near the old homestead.
Success attended his venture until 1889, and
in that year fire destroyed his entire stock.
This disaster, together with losses attendant
on an overflow of the Colorado the same year,
in which he lost about $8,000, was a serious
loss to a young man. In 1890, however, in
company with his nephews, L. W. and J. B.
Costley, he rebuilt. and started the present
business. In addition to his mercantile interests
Mr. Washington is also largely interested
in real estate, owning 980 acres of land
individually, and several hundred more with
others. He cultivated about 500 acres of
his own land.
In Travis county, in 1877, he was united
in marriage with Julia A. (Jade, a native of
Kentucky. They have had five children: Marvin
P., deceased; Althea T., William C., Walter
H. and Myrtle Maud. Mr. Washington votes
with the Democratic party and is a Royal
Arch Mason,-a member of Lone Star Chapter,
No. 6, of Austin.
\tW \ S. G. WILSON.-A name frequently
mentioned at this date in connection
with the early history of Milam
county is that of Goodhue Wilson, whose
full initials are as given above. Mr. Wilson
has been a resident of the county now something
over fifty years, during which time he
has watched its steady growth from a handful
of scattered settlements in a wilderness
into a proud and prosperous community, having
all the arts and industries, comforts and
conveniences of this advanced age of living.
In this wonderful transformation he has not
been simply a silent spectator, but has borne
a conspicuous part himself. Ile is now the
representative of one of Milanm county's
pioneer families,-a link connecting the history
and romance of former days with the
stirring scenes and incidents of these.
He was born in Morgan county, Alabama,
December 26, 1819. His parents were
William B. Wilson and Margaret Toilet, tihe
father a native of North Carolina, and tlhe
mother a native of Virginia. Both parents
were reared in Tennessee, to which State they
were brought when young. They were imarried
in Bledsoe county, that State, and shortly
afterward-about 1817 or 1818-moved to
Alabama, where they lived till their removal
to Texas. William B. Wilson made his first
visit to this State in the spring of 1835, and
remained here nearly three years, during
which time he was prospecting and scouting
in various parts of the country. He sometimes
served in a small band of adventurous
spirits like himself, and again under regular
authority of the provisional government. He
continued on the frontier in this capacity
until the Mexicans had been expelled by
Houston, and a stable government instituted,
when he returned to Alabama and got his
family, flocks, herds and negroes, and
brought then out and settled near old
Wheelock in Robertson county, then the
frontier post along that line of travel. This
was in December, 1839. The Indians were
still troublesome west of the Brazos, and it
was not until the spring of 1842 that he ventured
to take up his abode beyond the settlements
east of the river. But in March, 1842,
he bought a half league of land on Little
river about three miles south and west of
where the town of Cameron now stands,
being part of the Daniel Monroe survey, on
which lie made a clearing, erected some
buildings, put in a crop, and late in the fall
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