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Our subject and wife have the following
children: Texanna (wife of J. B. Powell),
Robert, Walter, Mordecai, James, Mary E,
Frank R., Charlie and George Whitfield.
Robert resides in Indian Territory; Mordecai
lives on Berry's creek, in Williamson
county, and the remainder reside at or near
their father's home. Mr. McIntyre is a
Democrat in political matters, and is a devout
member of the Methodist Church. He
is liberal with his means in matters of education
and religion, and the beautiful little
church in his community is principally the
gift of himself and wife.
I\4ff B. NORMAN, a farmer residing at
Rice's Crossing, Williamsou county,
Texas, is one of the representative
imen of this vicinity. The family,
of which this gentleman is a member, dates
back to South Carolina, where his grandfather
Norman was born, reared, married and
brought up his family, the names of his chlildren
being Thomas, Benjamin, Martin, Zachariah,
Isaac, and a daughter.
Isaac Norman, the father of our subject,
was born in 1819 and was reared on a farm.
He had only a limited education, but received
a thorough training in a blacksmith shop,
which was run in connection with the farm.
When a youth he was left an orphan, and
afterward went to Alabama, where, in 1840,
he married Catherine, daughter of William
and Mintie (Payton) Davis. Mrs. Catherine
Norman was the oldest of her family, followed
by James, Jane (who married Benjamin
Northam), and John. Isaac Norman and his
wife had nine children: W. M., born in
1841, died in the Confederate army; Martha,
born in 1843, is now Mrs. Thomas Peoples
of Georgia; A. P., born in 1845, served two
years during the war in the Confederate arimiy,
and is now a resi(lent of Williamson county;
Mary, born in 1847, is tlhe wife of Thomlas
Bryan, Williamson county; Anandla, born in
1849, is the wife of J. D. Smith, Williamson
county; Josephine, born in 1851, married II.
P. Pearson, and died, leaving a family of
five children; Emma, born in 1853, is the
widow of John Wilson, Williamson county;
M. B., the subject of our sketch, was born in
18563; and Louisa, born in 1858. is the wife
of Alexander Bryan, Williamlson county.
The father of this family was a man of great
industry, fair business judgment, and succeeded
in his undertakings in life. During the
war lie was a member of the Alabama State
troops. He died, after a lingering illness,
May 13, 1868. The mother resides with her
son, M. B.
M. B. Norman was born in Fayette county,
Alabama, May 10, 1856. He had only a
limited education, as at the early age of
twelve he began hustling for himself. In
the winter of 1872 he resolved to come West,
and in January of the next year he journeyed
by rail to New Orleans, by boat to Galveston,
and by rail to Manor, Travis county, and by
wagon to Williamson county, where he arrived
in February, and where he has since lived,
engaged in farming. For the first nine
years he rented land, but in 1881, on Christimas
Day, lie became the owner of his present
farm. This farm % as originally a part of the
Wilson Coke headright, Hopkins league, and
contains 419 acres, 250 of which Mr. Norman
cultivates, in 1892 producing 115 bales of
cotton. In company with M. R. Kennedy,
of Taylor, Mr. Norman had erected a gin on
the place, worth $3,000. A month before
the season of 1892 closed, the gin burned to
the ground, the loss being complete, as ro
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