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HISTOR Y OF TEXAS,
David Jones was raised in his native place,
and at the age of twenty-two years, in 1847,
went to Fayette county, Mississippi, where
he was engaged in farming and teaching
school five years. He then returned to South
Carolina, and two years later, in 1855, cane
on a prospecting tour to Texas, but at the
end of the following two years, again returned
to his native State, In 1857 lie
located on his present farm in Travis county,
on the Colorado river, twelve miles from
Austin, where he has since resided. Mr.
Jones first purchased 653 acres of land, but
has since sold 100 acres of that tract, and
now has 250 acres of his place under cultivation.
March 8, 1858, in Travis county, our subject
was united in marriage with Jaretta C.
Gilbert, and they had several children, only
one of whom still survives, N. Y., who resides
near his father. The wife and mother
died October 14, 1869. Mr. Jones was again
married, March 7, 1871, to Fannie Millwee,
who was born and raised in Anderson, South
Carolina, a daughter of Samuel and Sophia
(Brewster) Millwee, of Scotch-Irish descent.
Both parents are now deceased. Our subject
and wife had one child, Millwee, who died at
the age of eighteen months. Mr. Jones votes
with the Democratic party; is a Royal Arch
Mason, and King of the Chapter; and a
member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Jones
is of member of the Presbyterian Church.
F IN. STILES, a farmer and stock-raiser
of Williamson county, was born in
Tennessee, in 1841, a son of Seaborn
Stiles, a native also of that State. The father
subsequently moved to Missouri, aLnd in
1849 came to Brushy creek, Texas, where
he engaged in agricultural pursuits. lie was
a consistent member of the Methodist
Church. Mr. Stiles married Rebecca Newton,
a native of North Carolina, and they had
five children, viz.: Jane, J. E., Edward,
deceased when young, F. N. and Margaret.
For his second wife, the father married
Rebecca C. Moore, daughter of Asa Moore.
They had three children: J. L., Asa and
Rebecca Clemnentine. Mr. Stiles died in
F. N. Stiles, the subject of this sketch,
was taken by his parents to Missouri wlmn
one year old. At the age of seven years, in
December, 1849, he landed in Brushy, Milamn
county, Texas, where he grew to years of
maturity. He subsequently engaged in the
cattle trade with his brother, J. E., and in
1859 they moved their stock to Coleman
county. At the breaking out of time late war
they were compelled to enter the service to
protect the frontier, served through the entire
struggle, and afterward assisted in protecting
property from Indians and Mexicans.
In May, 1869, Mr. Stiles started to California
with the remnant of their stock, also buying
a number of head on credit, and they then
had 2,238 head of beef cattle. He spent
eighteen months on the trip, and during that
time was also engaged in looking for a location
to rebuild his fortune. After traveling
over thirteen States he concluded to return
to Texas. In company with his brother, Mr.
Stiles now owns 10,000 acres of land, 500
acres of which is cultivated, has 1,100 head
of graded cattle and a number of horses and
inules. Each brother has a homestead independent
of the company business. They
also own about 900 acres in other parts of the
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