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: 386
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386 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
debater, clear, calm, strong and forcible, and
well !grounded in the political history of the
country, and, an earnest believer in the principles
of his party, he is a formidable antagonist
in the discussion of political issues before
the people. He possesses in a fair
measure the acumen of the politician, the
ready genius for combining dissimilar forces,
reconciling opposing ones and accomplishing,
through the cementing of these, g- results"
As a lawyer he is courteous to adverse
counsel, circumspect to the court, logical,
clear, compact and convincing to the jury.
*In the discussion of questions of law before
the court lie is sound, forcible and cogent,
possessing that skillful generalization which
readily seizes upon the strong points of a
case, that happy condensation of thought
which at once extracts the substance of an
opponent's argument, that clear foresight and
comprehension which immediately grasps
the angularities of an intricate legal problem
and enables him to place it in a light that
renders it at once easy of understanding and
makes it stick in the memory. In all things
he is plain, making manner subservient to
matter and subduing it to pleasant speech.
September 20, 1876, Mr. Antony married
Augusta Houghton, daughter of Judge Joel
A. Houghton, for many years a prominent
lawyer of Georgetown, this State. Mrs.
Antony is a native of Texas and an excellent
type of one of this great State's best product,
an intelligent and refined lady. They
have two children, both daughters: Alice
Augusta and Beryl Pauline.
In personal appearance Mr. Antony inherits,
in a considerable measure, the physique
of his father, possessing a large f ame
which carries its due proportion of fish, a
swarthy complexion, dark hair and eyes, and
a remarkably strong cast of features. His
physical make-up is of that kind that would attract
attention in an assembly of a hundred
men, and is no bad index to'his character; for
on closer observation and more intimate acquaintance
he is found to be an even more
interesting man than his striking figure indicates.
\W\]\ SB. JACKSON, an early settler and
prominent farmer of Burleson county,
Texas, was born in North Carolina,
February 7, 1824. His parents, James
and Sarah (Bryan) Jackson, were natives of
the Old North State. Of his paternal ancestors
little is known, except that his grandfather
was of Irish descent. His maternal
grandfather was Turner Bryan, of South
Carolina. At the time of the Revolutionary
war he was a child and was left at home with
his mother, who used to carry him on her back
while she plowed. With such brave women,
what wonder that America gained her freedom !
This child grew to manhood's estate and became
a prosperous planter. He served as
Ordinary of his county for many years, or as
long as he would accept the office, and died
at his home in the Palmetto State. Mr.
Jackson's parents moved from North Carolina
to South Carolina when he was a child,
in 1837 to Alabama, and in 1846 to Mississippi,
where in 1848 he married. After
this event his parents lived with him, removing
with him to Texas in 1852, in which
State they both died, the father in November,
1863, the mother, January 15, 1877. His
parents and grandparents were all worthy
members of the Baptist Church. This
deserving couple had three children: Elizabeth,
who married J. W. Bristin and came
to Texas in 1852, where both have since died;
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