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874HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Tehuacana for school advantages. Mr. Matthews
now owns 530 acres of land, and also
town property in Austin and Tehuacana. In
political matters, he affiliates with the Democratic
party, and religiously has been a
Deacon in the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church for many years.
In 1862 Mr. Matthews was united in marwith
Miss Julia Saunders, a native of Illinois
and a daughter of George Saunders. After
the mother's death, the father married Mary
C. Breed. a daughter of Jonas Breed. The
family are relatives of the Prentice aud Randall
families of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs.
Matthews have eight children: Mary A.,
Marshall H., George S., Lu Esther, Julia P.,
Steele 0., Olie H., and DeKalb T.
J F. WINGO, of Clarkton, Milanm county,
Texas, a substantial farmer and leading
citizen, dates his residence in the county
since 1877. Prior to that, Robertson county
was llis home for four years, he having lived
near Calvert, in that county. His native
State is Georgia, his birth occurring February
8, 1844. His father, Allen Wingo, was
born in South Carolina, about 1807. He was
reared on a plantation in that State, educated
very little, and at twenty-five, before marriage,
emigrated to Alabama, taking up his
residence in Barbour county, later in Loundes
and Montgomery, dying in the latter in 1872.
He was a member of Hilliard's Legion, in the
Confederate army, and saw hard service
around Atlanta and Lookout Mountain, and
was taken prisoner at Richmond, Kentucky,
while on detail duty driving a wagon.y He
was at once paroled and sent home, a d did
not again enter the service.
The grandfather of our subject was born in
Spartanburg district, South Carolina, about
1789, and lived and died there, having been a
farmer all of his life. The mother of our
subject was named, in her maiden days Sarah
Haynes; she was a daughter of John Haynes,
a hatter by trade. Thie resulting family are:
Jolln, deceased; Thomas J.; Mary, who married
Ed. DePew; Julia, who died in Houston
county, the wife of T. W. Cullefer; Martha,
who died in Robertson county; and Bettie,
who died in Barbour county, Alabama; Maggie,
who married Ed. DePew, of Cameron;
and William Allen, who lives in Milam
In 1862 our subject enlisted in Company
C, Eighth Alabama Cavalry, under Colonel
Livingston. The command was one of those
lucky ones which was nearly always in some
skirmish or fight, constantly trying the mettle
of the true soldier. Our subject participated
in the Atlanta campaign, and was at Franklin,
Tennessee, and Okalona, Mississippi, Demopolis
and Mobile, Alabama, and at Pensacola,
Florida, and was paroled at Montgomery, Alabama,
by General Steele, in May, 1885.
Mr. Wingo did not leave his father's roof
until he was twenty-seven years old. He engaged
in agricultural pursuits, but up to the
period of his corning to Texas he had not accumulated
much. The-trip West was made
by water to Galveston, by way of New Orleans.
The first stop in Milam county was
made near Jones Prairie, where our subject
rented land for four years, but in 1881 he
purchased 200 acres of his present farm, and
his prosperity has made additional investments
possible until 310 acres of flue Texas
soil are accredited to him on the county taxrolls,
and 125 acres are in a good state of cultivation,
producing in 1891 fifty-two bales of
cotton, and in 1892 forty bales. Mr. Wingo
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