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lady of rare culture and refinement, who is a
native of Vaiden, Mississippi.
With Captain Bitting's career as an index
to the worth of a Texas citizen, we are
convinced there are giants in these days, not
the physical prodigies of ancient and mythological
times, but the mental and moral individuals
who build commonwealths to endure
and form governments which are the
wonder of the world.
APTAIN A. P. McCORD.-As the
name indicates, the subject of this
sketch comes partly of Scotch stock.
His paternal great-grandfather, a native of
Scotland, was an early emigrant to America,
probably being one of those sturdy followers
of John Knox who were forced by
the religious persecutions of the last century
to seek the freedom of conscience in this
country denied them in their own. He settled
in one of the southeast Atlantic coast
States, where his descendants became prosperous
planters, and where many of them
now reside. Spartansburg District, South
Carolina, was the birth-place of Jesse C.
McCord, the father of A. P. McCord. He
was taken by his parents to Georgia when
young, and reared in Walton county, where
he subsequently married, and moved thence
to Upson county, where he lived the greater
part of his life. A plain planter of ample
means, his years on earth were passed peacefully
and profitably, and lie died in the enjoyment
of the respect and good will of those
among whom he had lived. His death occurred
in 1887, in Brooks county, Georgia,
in the seventy-ninth year of his age./ Captain
McCord's mother, nee Elizabeti Thurinond,
was a daughter of a respectable and
well-to-do planter of Walton county, Georgia,
where she was born and reared. She is
still living, being a resident now of Brooks
county, Georgia, where she makes her home
with her daughter. Of the seven children of
Jesse C. and Elizabeth McCord, four are now
living: Robert Kenneth; Mrs. Martha Naylor,
wife of Charles A. Naylor, of Quitman,
Georgia; Mrs. Lucy J. Owen, wife of Allen
F. Owen, of Cedartown, Georgia; and Augustus
P., the subject of this notice.
The last named was born in Walton county,
Georgia, in 1843, and was reared in Upson
county, near Thomaston. June, 1861, at the
age of eighteen, he entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in an organization known as
the Columbus Volunteers, with which he
went at once to the front and entered the
Army of Northern Virginia. He saw service
in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
and Georgia, taking part in all the engagements
in which his command took part
except when prevented from so doing by
disabilities received in the field. He was
wounded at the second battle of Manassas,
Chickamauga and Cold Harbor, and lost in
the aggregate nearly a year's time from
service. He entered the army as a private,
became First Lieutenant of his company in
1863, and was commanding it at the close of
Returning to Georgia after the surrender,
he resided from 1865 to 1869 at Thomaston,
where he was, engaged in farming and
handling live-stock, and from 1869 to 1882
at Rome, where he was similarly engaged.
In May, 1883, he came to Texas, and located
at Cameron, Milam county, where for eight
years he handled live-stock. In April, 1892,
in connection with Messrs. Crawford & Crawford,
of the Milam County Bank, he erected
the Milam County Cotton-Oil Mills, one of
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