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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Hospital about one month before General
Lee's surrender, and at that time was captured,
but, as he states, was never captured
during the war, as the struggle was virtually
over at that time. Dr. Sanms was paroled by
Colonel Evans, after which he made his way
to York district, South Carolina. In 1867
he came to Texas, spent one year in the city
of Galveston, after which he returned to his
native State, spending seven and a half years
on Edisto island. lie then came again to
this State, locating in Waco, and in 1883
came to Taylor, which at that time was only
a small village. He was one of the first
physicians to locate in this city.
Dr. Samns was married in 1868, to Miss
Mary A. Seabrook, a native of Edisto island,
South Carolina., and a daughter of E. M.
and Mary (Wilkenson) Seabrook, of Scotch
and English parentage. Mrs. Sams was a
member of one of the oldest families in
South Carolina. and was a relative of Governor
Seabrook, of that State. Mrs. Sams
died in 1885, in this city, having been a
member of the Baptist Church. In 1887
our subject was united in marriage with
Mrs. Mary Chesnutt, a native of Hot
Springs, Arkansas, and a daughter of Colonel
Brown, of Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs.
Sams have had two children: Florida, deceased,
and Hamilton IH. Both the doctor
and wife are members of the Missionary
R. R. S. GRAVES, a physician and
surgeon of Austin, Texas, was born in
Orange county, North Carolina, in
1844, a son of Richard S. and Martha E.
(Thomas) Graves, the former a native of
North Carolina and the latter of Mississippi.
The fatlier practiced law in St. Louis and
Chillicothe, Missouri, anld at one titne was
State Treasurer of Mississippi. lie catne to
Texas in 1874, where he died in ls7S,. aced
seventy-three years. Both lie and his wife
were members of the Presbyterian Cli urcel.
The latter died in 1885, at the age of fiftyseven
years. Mr. and Mrs. Graves were the
parents of five children, our subject being
the eldest child. Two sons, J. A. and T. A.,
are merchants of Texas; and the daughter, a
widowed lady, resides in Luling, this State.
R. S. Graves attended the University of
St. Louis, and graduated at the St. Louis MAedical
College in 1871. He then practiced two
years in that city, spent one year in Jefferson
county, Missouri, and in 1874 came to Austin,
Texas. lie has held the position of City
and County Pllysician for the past eight
years, and is held in high esteem throughout
the city and county as a practitioner, and his
professional services sustain his reputation.
The Doctor is a diligent student, well-read in
medicine, and stands second to none in the
practice of his chosen profession. He is also
public-spirited, taking an active interest in
whatever advances the best interests of his
Dr. Graves was married August 19, 1867,
to Miss Carrie T. Thomas, an orphan girl,
who was educated in St. Louis. Six children
have been born to this union, two now living
-James P. and Richard S. Daisy and Martha
E. died in early childhood; two died in
infancy-Willie Stanford and one not named.
Mr. Graves is a member of the blue lodge,
chapter, commandery and the Mystic Shrine;
is Junior Warden of the commandery, and
Royal Arch Captain of the Host in the chapter.
He is also medical examiner in the A.
0. U. W., and a member of the Woodmen of
the World. Religiously, both he and his
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. 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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/441/?rotate=270: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .