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380 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
again to Miss Sarah Flaikin, and here he
spent the rest of his life, dying in the latter
part of July, 1868. His wife died several
years later. He had four children by his
first wife, namely: Edmond, who died at the
age of six years; Jefferson, who died at the
age of two; William M., whose name heads
this sketch; James K. P., who lived to manhood
and served in the Fourth Texas Infantry,
in Virginia, during the last three years
of the Civil war, and who sicker ed and died
the year following his return home. The
second family consisted of three children,
one of whom is living,-Luella, wife of
Angus McKean,-living sixteen miles east
of Austin in Travis county. Sanford W.
Dunson was a farmer by occupation and was
a man of great industry and good business
ability. From various causes, however, he
never accumulated much property.
William M. Dunson was reared in Texas,
and was eighteen years old when the war
came on. He enlisted as a private in Company
G, Sixth Texas Infantry, Rhodes Fisher,
Captain. Hi~ service was chiefly in the
Army of the Tennessee. He was captured at
the fall of Arkansas Post, together with his
entire command, and was taken to Springfield,
Illinois, where he was kept a prisoner
for three months. He was exchanged at East
Point. Shortly afterward his regiment was
consolidated with the Tenth and Fifteenth,
and was known as the Sixth, Tenth and
Fifteenth Consolidated Regiment. He participated
in the engagements at Chickamauga
and Mission Ridge, and was in the Atlanta
campaign, never missing a day from duty.
He was also in the battles of Franklin and
Nashville. Mr. Dunson was Corporal up to
the time of the Kenesaw mountainW fight,
after which he was elected First Lie tenant,
and, the company being without a captain, he
had command of it after that. . He led the
company in the charge at Franklin, and was
in the thickest of the fight. Seven times
he was struck with balls. One cut his haversack
and canteen string, another bruised his
thigh, and another grazed his cheek. After
that he went around into North Carolina, and
had a small engagement at Spring Hill. He
surrendered at Greensborough.
After the war Mr. Dunson returned to
Texas, and has since made his home in Travis
county. He settled on his present farm
in January, 1873, this being all wild land at
the time he purchased it, and its present
development being due to his well directed
efforts. He has 102 acres in his home farm,
and 118 acres located on the creek below.
Mr. Dunson was married December 17,
1865, in Travis county, to Margaret Tweedle,
who was born in Arkansas, daughter of
Fielding and Sarah (Chaney) Tweedle, and
who came to Travis county, Texas, in 1863.
They have had four children: Mollie, Leona,
Luella, and Ada. Mollie, the oldest daughter,
married Thomas Blanton, and is now
deceased. Mr. Dunson has also a niece in
his home circle, whom he is rearing.
He is a Democrat in politics, and is identified
with the different farmers' organizations
of the county. He is a Steward in the
Methodist Church. In political, social and
religious circles he takes a leading part, and
is highly esteemed by all who know him.
JOHN E. FLINN.-It is safe to say that'
there is not an intelligent, patriotic
American of to-day whose ancestry runs
back into the early settled families of this
country, but regrets the meagerness of his
knowledge touching his ancestral history, and
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