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locating in the county Mr. Hamblen bought
a tract of 620 acres of land, paying
therefor 62- cents an acre. While land
was yet cheap he invested his means as
they accumulated in this way; and as a result
of these prudent investments at this writing
he owns 3,000 acres lying along the San Gabriel
river, a considerable part of which is under
cultivation. He has resided on his old
homestead since settling there in 1848, and
has at all times been interested in farming and
stock-raising. He is also still interested in
mercantile business, owning a hardware and
saddlery house at Rockdale, which does a
business of from $25,000 to $30,000 a year.
On May 1, 1844, Mr. Hamblen married
Sarah Thompson, then of Harris county,
Texas, but a native of Alabama, having been
brought to this State by her brother-in-law,
L. S. Campbell, when she was twelve years
old. Mr. and Mrs. Hamblen have only one
child, a son, Henry F., who is in charge of
his father's farming interest.
A lack of desire for popular applause, or
perhaps a consciousness that such applause is
a very unsubstantial thing on which to lean
in the struggles of this life, has kept Mr.
Hamblen out of public office, and aided no
doubt on the other hand in making of him
equally as useful and highly respected a citizen
as any official career to which he might
have aspired would have made. He has interested
himself, however, in matters relating
to the welfare of this State and county, is well
informed on such matters and holds concerning
them decided opinions which when occasion
demands he can set forth with clearness
and maintain with intelligence and
sound reasoning. He has always been a
Democrat, but has dared at times to differ
with the leaders of his party. He opposed
both annexation and secession, but when
both were accomplished by a majority vote
of the people he went with the State and garve
it his active sympathy and support. IHo was
always a warm supporter of General IIoubton,
and voted for him in 1841 for President
of the Republic before reaching his majority.
His first vote for President of tl.e United
States was cast in 1848 for Lewis Cass, the
regular Democratic nominee.
Mr. IIamnblen and his wife are members of
the Christian Church, and have been for
many years, this being the church of his
mother, who spent a long and exceptionally
pious and useful life in its service. His elder
brother, William K., is a minister of rhis
church, and under its influence and teaching
all the children of his brothers and sisters
and his own have been reared.
John W. Hamblen's name must stand always
in the history of Milami county as one
of her worthiest citizens. While he has not
been a public character he has been a maker
of history. He has seen the rugged forests
and wild prairies reduced to cultivated and
arable fields. Identified with the county
while it was Mexican territory, he has
lived to see many changes, and to be an active
participant in both the peaceful and violent
revolutions that went on around him,
living under five governments: Mexican,
Texan, United States, Confederate and again
United States. He witnessed the gradual
expulsion of the red man and the steady advancement
of the white race. He occupied
Texas soil when the people cast off Mexican
government. He saw the country change
from a dependency to an independent republic,
and was not an uninterested spectator
when the new but vigorous republic asked
for admission to the American Union. He
witnessed the movement that made Texas free
and the peaceable settlement by which she
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