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HISTOR Y OF TEXAS.
acres of good land, and has also given
his children 600 acres each, and has town
In 18-41 our subject was united in marriage
with Mary Ann Smelsoi, a native of
Missouri and a daughter of Harrison and
Eliza (Jones) Smelson, natives of Kentucky
and Tennessee, respectively. Mr. and Mrs.
Eppright have had eight children, viz.: Catherine,
wife of Sterling Chamberland, of Travis
county; Mary Jane, wife of A. E. Lane, also
of this county; Martha Ann, widow of Reuben
Riggle, of Travis county; John Thomas,
deceased; Jacob, a resident of this county;
Exer, deceased; Alice, wife of Ira Johnson;
and Eugenia, deceased. Politically, Mr. Eppright
affiliates with the Prohibition party;
socially, is a member of the Masonic order;
religiously, both he and his wife are members
of the Baptist Church.
'WZEKIEL STEELE MATTHEWS, a
farmer of Travis county, is a son of
-I Abner Matthews, who was born in
North Carolina, in March, 1792. In 1812
lie located in Maury county, Tennessee, and
afterward, in 1883, in Tipton county, same
State, where he was engaged in farming. In
1840 he left that county for Texas, going
down the Mississippi river to New Orleans and
on the gulf to Galveston, thence by schooner
to Matagorda, and next by wagon to Fayette
and Travis counties. Mr. Matthews was
present at the first sale of lots in Austin, in
1839, in September. of that year, rented land
near the city, and then purchased a place
within the limits of the condemned land of
Austin, where he resided until 1862. He
served as Lieutenant under General Jackson,
in the war of 1812, took part in the battle of
Horse Shoe Bend, was a Democrat in his
political views, and a member of thi A-s,)ciate
Reformed Church. Abner McItthews
was a son of James and Mary (Doke) Matthews.
The former, a native of Ireland,
came to America in the early part of the
eighteenth century, locating in North Car,lina.
He came in company with two brothers;
one settled in Tennessee, one in Ohio
and one in Alabama. The Doke family are
also of Irish descent. Mr. and Mrs. JamnesMatthews
were married in 1766, and were
parents of twelve children, six solns and six
dangliters. The mother of our subject, ,,-'c
Asenath Henderson, was born in North
Carolina, January 3, 1793, and died M3arch
18, 1851. Her parents were also natives of
North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Abner Matthews
were married October 12, 1813, and
had ten children, namely: Mary Doke married
R. E. Flaniken, and both are now
deceased; James, who served as Sheriff of
Travis county, from 18-12 to 1S-18, died in
1869; Agnes HI., married Robert Thompson,
both now deceased; William H., deceased;
John G., a resident of Liberty Hill, Williamnson
county,-Texas; Esther H., deceased;
Ezekiel, our subject; Elizabeth, deceased,
was the wife of B. Payne; Martha M., married
P. A. Monroe, both now deceased; and
Robert F., deceased.
Ezekiel S. Matthews, our subject, was
born in Maury county, Tennessee, in 1828,
but in 1833 moved with his parents to west
Tennessee, where he remained until 1840.
In 1862 he was employed in the Quartermaster's
Department, in the State service,
and served until the close of the war. Since
that time he has resided at the place where
he now lives, with the exception of the time
between 1884 and 1889, when he resided in
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