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: 430
430 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
history of the family will be found. With
her family she is attached to the Baptist
Church. The children born to Mr. and Mrs.
Taylor are: Lena, who is now deceased;
David; Florence; Charles, deceased; Clem;
Peter; Berta; Milton; William and Theosophis,
known as "Sid."
B. H U T T 0, a prosperous young
farmer of Hutto, Williamson county,
is a son of J. E. Hutto, a pioneer of
Texas. J. E. Hutto was born in Alabama,
June 8, 1824, and was reared on a
farm in his native State Upon his arrival
in Texas in 1847 he engaged in farming and
stock-raising in Travis county. About 1855
he moved to Williamson county, settling
near where Hutto has since been built, this
town having been named in honor of him.
Here for twenty years, between 1855 and
1875, he was one ot the wealthy cattle-men
of this section of the country. He continued
to reside here until 1885, when he took up
his residence in Waco, Texas, where he is
now engaged in the hardware business. He
was in the Confederate army three years. It
was not until after he came to this State that
he was married, the lady of his choice being
Miss Margaret Hughes, of Alabama. They
have had the following named children: J.
R., a gin man of Hutto; J. E., a prosperous
farmer of Williamson county; W. T.; C.W.;
R. B.; H. E.; Ellen, who married J. S. Monday;
Nettie, who married J. A. Blanton; and
an infant that died at the age of three years.
R. B. Hutto was born in Williamson county,
Texas, August 31, 1857. He grew up on
his father's ranch and assisted in firing for
his father's cattle until he reached/his majority.
He then launched out in the cattle busi
ness for himself, in which he was engaged for
nine years. and at the end of that time disposed
of his cattle interests for $25,000. He
then invested in farm property near Hutto,
and now gives his chief attention to the raising
of cotton, making an occasional trade.
He is cultivating 350 acres of his 700-acre
tract. His cotton crop in 1892 amounted to
March 13, 1885, Mr. Hutto married Alice,
daughter of Albert Barker. The other children
in the Barker family are Jesse, Gus,
Calvin, Ollie, Benjamin and Katie. Mr. and
Mrs. Hutto have three children: Willis, born
in 1886; Jessie, in 1889, and May, in 1892.
Mr. Hutto's success is attributed to his
great energy, backed by good judgment, a
combination not common to a great majority
of our business men.
1JOSEPH MELASKEY, one of the pior
j neer merchants of Taylor, was born in
V^ J Russia in 1851, a son of oMendal and
Jennie (Brownie) Melaskey. Our subject
received his education in Hebrew, being what
is commonly called a Jew, or Israelite. He
came to America at the age of twenty years,
landed in the city of New Orleans, and then
came as a steerage passenger to Galveston,
Texas. Mr. Melaskey was then without
money, and suffered much for proper food.
While in that city he met a Mr. Blum, who
gave him $25 and sent him to his uncle, B.
Melaskey, at Austin. After remaining there
one month our subject began selling watermelons,
peaches, etc., in front of his uncle's
store, and in one month made as high as $200.
His uncle then gave him a team of horses, a
light wagon, and a stock of goods, and Mr.
Melaskey was engaged as a traveling sales
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