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: 387
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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 387
Frances B., married A. Dallas and removed
to Texas in 1867, after the death of her husband,
whence she returned to Alabama ten
years later, where she died; and W. B., the
subject of this sketch.
Mr. Jackson of this biography was reared
to farm life and resided at home until his
marriage. In 1852 he emigrated to Texas,
settling first in what was called Navarro
territory, whence he afterward removed to
Hill and Johnson counties. About this time
tlhe Civil war broke out and Mr. Jackson entered
the Confederate army, enlisting in April,
1862, in the Fifteenth Texas Cavalry, and
was consigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department,
which included Louisiana and Arkansas.
His health becoming impaired, he
secured his discharge and returned to his
home. He afterward served in the Home
Guards for home protection and was a member
of the State militia. On the close of the
war he resumed his farming operations. In
1865 he moved to Burleson county, where lie
bought 177 aeres of partly improved land, on
which lie has made his home ever since. He
has bought and sold considerable land since
then, but still owns the original tract, all of
which is under fence with about 160 acres in a
good state of cultivation. He rents most of the
land and gives his attention principally to the
raising of stock, sufficient for the support of
the farm only.
October 5, 1848, Mr. Jackson was married
in Mississippi, to Miss Virginia C. Keahey,
who was born in that State, January 1, 1829,
and was a daughter of George J. Keahey.
He was reared in North Carolina, and his
parents were natives of the Emerald isle. He
was well posted on all political matters and
was a strong advocate of Democracy. He
served as County Judge for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have bad eight chil
dren, of whom three died young, five attaining
to maturity: G. T., a prosperous farmer
of Burleson county. was elected a member of
the Legislature in 1892; James B. is a practicing
physician at Tunis, in the same county;
John A. is a well-to-do farmer of the same
county; Laura married Stephen A. Martin,
also a thrifty farmer of this county, who in
connection with his farming interests operates
a cotton gin; Margaret V., unmarried,
resides at home.
After a union of forty-five years, MIr. and
Mrs. Jackson are both hale and hearty and
in full enjoyment of life, surrounded by their
children who are all doing well.
Politically, Mr. Jackson is a strong Democrat
and takes an active interest in public
affairs. He has been a delegate to many conventions,
principally to those of the district
and State. He served several terms as Justice
of the Peace in Hill and Johnson counties
and in Burleson county acted two terms
as County Commissioner.
Fraternaily, lie is a Royal Arch Mason.
Religiously both he and his worthy wife are
useful members of the Baptist Church, to
which he has belonged since lie was eighteen
years of age. Both are well-known and respected,
and have the best wishes of the colmmunity
for their future happiness.
B F. STIDHAM.-The subject of this
sketch is an energetic and progressive
farmer of Milam county and a
grandson of the sturdy and courageous pioneer,
J. P. Jones, in lihonor of whom Jones
Prairie was named.
J. P. Jones was raised in Illinois. After
attaining his majority he married and settled
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