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munity in 1849, his death being widely and
sincerely mourned. His faithful wife survived
him until October, 1890, when, at the
ripe old age of eighty-seven years, she also
departed this life to rejoin her husband in thle
great beyond. She was before marriage a
member of thie Presbyterian Church, but afterward
joined the Baptist Clhurch, in which
faith she died. These worthy people were
the parents of seven children, six of whom
were daughters: Agnes, the oldest, married
R. T. Blacklock and resides in Lampasas
county, Texas; Mary married William Thorp,
both of whQm are now dead; Sally A. married
M. F. Figley, and they are bot}l now deceased;
Nancy is the wife of Isaac Sparks, a
well-to-do farmer and merchant of Burleson
county; Angeline married Cortus Jackson, a
farmer of Burleson county, who is now dead;
J. W. is the subject of this sketch; Martha
is the wife of John R. Frame, a well-known
resident of Belton, 'who is also a Burleson
county land owner.
J. W. Porter, whose name heads this biography,
was the only son and next to tlhe
youngest of seven children. He was but ten
years of age when his parents removed to
this county, in which he has resided ever
since. He was reared to farming and the
stock business, receiving his education in the
common schools and at the McKinzie Institute
of Clarksville, to which latter place he
traveled on horseback over a distance of more
than 300 miles. He continued at homine until
lie had passed his majority, and, after his
father's death in 1849, helped to care for the
family and superintended the home farm.
In 1857 he married and removed to a home
of his ow), where he commenced operations
for himself. This peaceful life was interrupted
by the civil war which threatened to
destroy the country. He entered the Con
federate army in March, 18(2, enlisting in
Company F, Eighth Texas Infantry, and was
consigned to the Trans Mississippi D)epartment,
with operations in Louisiana and Arkansas.
He remained in the army until the
close of the war and experienced some hard
service, although he was never wounded or
captured. He was stationed at HIempstead,
Texas, when tlie war closed, and the coinnand
He then returned to his home and resumed
his farming and stock-raising. HIe soon afterward
bought land and lias resided in this
neighborhood since 1848, with the exception
of one year and when he was in the war. lie
has added to his first purchase and now owns
900 acres of fertile land. Most of this is
under fence, 250 acres being in a good state
of cultivation, devoted to mixed farming,
mostly cotton and corn. He also raises and
handles cattle and other stock, has a good
range, and is particularly successful in the
raising of hogs.
Mr. Porter was first married to Miss Elizabeth
Duncan, a daughter of William and
Dora Duncan, of Tennessee. Her parents
caIme to Texas about 1854, and after a few
moves they settled in Burleson county, where
her father died in 1864, her mother still surviving
in Hill county. By this marriage Mr.
Porter had four children: William B., residing
in Nolan county, is employed in a mercantile
house; Dora J. is thle wife of J. B.
Hill, a thrifty farmer of Bosque county;
John D., married, is a practicing physician
of Burleson county; and C. 0. is teaching
school in Milam county. The devoted wife
and mother of this family died December 10,
1866, leaving to the care of her husband
their four small children. In 1867 Mr.
Porter married Mfiss Ellen Gresham, daughter
of Edward 11. Gresham of Georgia, who
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