History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 382
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Tyventy-second Alabama Infantry. With this
command he entered Withers' division, and
was in active field service until after the battle
of Shiloh, when lie was transferred to the
Quartermaster's department, and served in
this department during the remainder of the
war. He was with his command at the general
surrender at Greensboro, North Carolina,
in April, 1865, and thus witnessed the last of
that great and sanguinary conflict.
Returning to Montgomery county, Alabama,
he spent about eighteen months there,
when, in the winter of 1866, he came to
Texas. He made his first stop in this State
in Robertson county, and .being still inmarried
and the possessor of but small means, he
took employment as overseer for C. P. Salter,
who then, as now, owned large planting interests
in the Brazos bottoms. He remained
in Robertson county and in the employ of
Mr. Salter for twelve years, when, having
saved his earnings and increased them very
materially by judicious investment in stock,
he came to Milam county and purchased 500
acres of land, on which he settled three years
later and has there since resided. He has
added 400 acres to his original purchase, and
now has his entire holdings fenced and 300
acres in cultivation. In this farm Mr. Flinn
has one of the most desirable places in the
county. It lies in the famous "black waxy
belt," and yields in accordance with the wellknown
productiveness of that belt. The yield
of this place in 1891 was 143 bales of cotton,
and in 1892 165 bales, besides sufficient small
grain to run the farm. The feeding of beef
cattle has been one of the items of revenue
on this farm for three or four years past, and
a profitable business has been done in this
In 1869 Mr. Flinn married Mi6 Catherine
Ails, a daughter of Thomas Ails, then re
siding at Bryan, this State, but originally
from Louisiana, where Mrs. Flinn was born,
her parents moving to Texas in 1866. Mr.
and Mrs. Flinn had four children: Bertha,
who is now the wife of Dr. Morris Brewer,
of Clarkson, Milam county; Edward A., Glen
and Thomas,-the last named dying in 1881,
in which year Mrs. Flinn also died.
AVID J ONES, Justice of the Peace of
Precinct No. 1, Travis county, was
born in Greenville county, South
Carolin-a, March 25, 1826, a son of William
and Nancy (McNeely) Jones, of Welsh and
Irish descent. The family came to this country
early in the seventeenth century, locating first
near Petersburg, Virginia. The great-grandfather
of our subject moved to Mecklenburg,
North Carolina and later to Greenville county,
South Carolina, where he lived during the
Revolutionary war. The grandfather, Richard
Jones, was a boy at the time of that
war, and carried provisions to his father in
the army. He married and raised his family
in Greenville county, as did also the father
of our subject, and the old homestead still
remains in the Jones family, owned by a
nephew of Mr. Jones. William Jones was
born in 1801, and was married in his native
county, March 25, 1825, to the mother of our
subject, who was born and raised by Irish
parents in Greenville county. Her father,
Sims McNeely, married a Miss Simms. Mr.
and Mrs. Jones had five children: David,
our subject; Richard M., deceased; Sarah E.,
wife of Peter Baldwin, of Kerr. county,
Texas; Elvira, deceased; and John W., of
Woodruff, South Carolina. The parents both
died in South Carolina, the mother in 187.7,
and the father in 1883. ,
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