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: 425
HIISTORY OF TEXAS.
and rolling to give good drainage, which in
times past had been something of a meetingplace
of the early settlers on public occasions,
and which was indeed a very sightly
place for a residence. Here he erected a
one-story, double log house, with an open
porch between, finished as was the custom of
finishing houses in those days,-cllinked and
pointed with clay, covered with rived boards
and floored with puncheons, the chimneys
being made of brick and clay. The house,
for the kind, was neat, commodious and coinfortable,
fully up to, if not ahead of, the
average farIm house of the times. having
been reared to farming, Mr. Hefley resumed
it in his new home. For nearly forty years
he has resided in the vicinity where he first
located, and he is now tilling soil which he
was the first to turn more than a third of a
century ago. The country then was but
sparsely settled, and of those who were his
neighbors at the time all, with one exception,
are gone. He recalls the names of the Hall
brothers, James and Peter, living about seven
miles to the southwest, being the nearest
neighbors in that direction, and George
Green, living about a mile east, and others,
as his associates in an early day, all of whom
have passed away. but are pleasantly remembered
for their friendship and neighborly
Mr. Hefley and his wife, who yet abides
with him, are now occupying the old homestead
almost alone, but one daughter being a
member of their household, the remainder
of the children having married and settler
in life for themselves. Of their thirteen
children ten are living, the full number being
John M., Mattie A. (now Mrs. Batte), Hattie
E. (now Mrs. Lott), Joseph W. (deceased),
Lafayette J., James S., William T., Laura A.
(now Mrs. Wallace), Mollie R. (now Mrs.
Lay), Ltla J. (deceased), Jeff D., Henry If.
(deceased), and Emma V. (now Mrs. IIHardy).
Of the ten children living eight are residents
of this county, an'l all are married. The solns
are among the leading business men of Canmeron,
progressive, enterprising and publicspirited,-first
in everything looking to thl
advancement of the interests of their town
and county. Naturally Mr. Hlefiey takes
great pride in his children and in his home,
being a man of strong domestic tastes and
gentle, sympathetic nature. His life has
centered in these and he has stamped his
convictions and character on them in no small
lie hlas never sought to fill the public eye,
preferring the private walks of life with the
certainty of a competence and an old age
filled with pleasant recollections to the turmoils
of a political career and the disappointmlents
which so often attend on such a
career. He cast his first presidential vote for
William Henry Harrison in the famous
"hard cider and log cabin " contest of 1840,
and from that date on voted with the Whig
party as long as it maintained an organization,
going with the Democrats on the disintegration
of the Wlhig party and voting
with the Democratic party ever since. Both
he and his wife are members of the Mlethodist
Church, and have been for many years,
Mrs. HIefley corning of a family that has furnished
a number of divines to that church,
some of them having attained local proninence
in their calling, and all of them having
served well their day and generation.
Inl personal appearance Mr. Hefley is largo
of mold, being fully six feet in height and
weighing nearly 240 pounds. His physique
is well rounded out, presenting no unpleasant
angles. His character, marked for firmlnebs,
determination, persistence in that which
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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/m1/455/ocr/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .