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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 415
crop enlisted in Captain Cater's company; he
participated in the battle of Palmetto Branch,
the last of the war, and gives a most graphic
and vivid description of this engagement.
He returned to his home in May, 1865, and
resumed agricultural pursuits; he purchased
his present splendid farm in 1865, paying
$16 an acre; he has 800 acres in this
tract, now worth a nice fortune; he also
owns 640 acres in Parker county. For a
number of years he was quite extensively engaged
in raising live-stock, his herds numbering
thousands. January 1, 1893, he entered
into a partnership with W. C. Redd, of Austin,
and they have established the leading butchering
business of the place.
Mr. Jones was married November 9, 1849,
in Wilson county, Tennessee, to Martha L.,
daughter of Jehu McAdo, born February 1,
1829. The children of this marriage are:
Tennessee, who married D. A. Todd, whose
history will be found elsewhere in this volume;
James T., who married Emeline Lester;
J. M., who married Evelina Porter:
Maggie, the wife of Richard A. Johnson;
Payton S.; Charles B.; and Alta Lee. Mr.
Jones has thirty grandchildren. Jehu McAdo,
father of Mrs. Jones, married Martha
Leech; both families were prominent and
wealthy citizens of Tennessee.
APT. J. W. BITTING, the leading
merchant of the prosperous little town
of Mlanor, Travis county, Texas, and
one of the most widely and favorably known
citizen of his State, is deserving of prominent
mention in the history of his county,
which he has done so much to develop and
The founders of the Bitting fanlily il
America were two brothers, whlo came from
Germany in colonial times and settled near
Philadelphia, whence they afterward rermove(l
to North Carolina. One of these was Anthony
Bitting, and the other, John Bitting,
was the paternal grandfather of the subject
of this sketch. John Bitting's son, Walter
R. Bitting, was born in the Old North State
in 1819, and was a merchant by occupation,
as was also his father before him. Walter
was married, in 1842, to Miss Susan Ilampton,
a member of the same fanlily as General
Wade Hampton, the distinguished soldier
and statesman, the family being of English
descent. They had four children: J. W.,
whose name heads this sketch; Mary G.,
widow of S. G. Painter, of Marion, Virginia;
Joseph H., deceased; and Samuel T., a suCcessful
Imerchant of Eddy, New Mexico.
Walter Bitting died at Tom's Creek, Surry
county, North Carolina, in January, 1852,
leaving his family and many friends to
mourn his loss. He was a man of the highest
honor and of distinguished ability, and
noted for his generosity and kindness of
heart. His widow still survives him and
since 1877 has found a pleasant and comfortable
home with her oldest son, the subject
of this sketch. Rev. C. C. Bitting, a celebrated
Baptist minister in the South, is a
member of this same family, and now resides
J. W. Bitting was born in Surry county,
North Carolina, February 17, 1843, and was
nine years old when his father died. Two
years later, he was placed in a Masonic institute,
and, being a boy of quick perception
and retentive memory, he made rapid strides
in the acquirement of knowledge, until, at
the end of five years, he completed his literary
education with high honors.
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