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has enjoyed manhood in physical health and
with a sound and practical mind. In disposition
he is genial and lively, full of hope
and always looking at the bright side. Ilis
devotion to his widowed mother was ever
marked and is worthy of all praise. There
could hardly be a better picture of filial
affection, or one more radiant with love and
tenderness than that of the stalwart young
man, full of life and presumably with some
of the waywardness of youth, eschewing all
tlhe pleasures and pastimes usually indulged
in by those of his age and devoting his energies
to the task of lifting from his mother
the responsibilities of her widowlhood. The
same faithfulness and devotion have characterized
his actions toward the members of his
own family, he bestowing upon them all the
care and earnest solicitude of an affectionate
husband and father.
T HOMAS BRUCE, Commissioner of
Precinct No. 1, Williamson county, is
a member of the noted Scotch family
of that name, made famous by the
illustrious Robert Bruce, familiar to readers
of Scottish history. In Colonial days two
brothers of the name settled in the colony of
Maryland, on the Potomac. Their descendants
crossed the river into Virginia, where
our subject's grandfather, Thomas Bruce,
was born and raised. His married life was
passed in Greenville district, South Carolina,
where he raised a large family, and lived to a
good old age. The parents of our subject,
James and Annie (Ponder) Bruce, in their
turn, married, and passed their entire life in
that neighborhood. The father was a man
of influence in his community, although he
never aspired to public office, and was a
member of tlhe l')aptist Church. Mr. and
iMrs. Bruce had ten childrell, a. follws:
Thomas, the subject of this sketch; .Johln, of
Greenville, South (Carolina; Williaml J., of
Fannin county, Texas; Milton, of IIaywood
county, North Carolina; Joseph, of Willt inison
county; Nancy, now Mrs. Dennis Crmin,
of Greenville; Mary, now Mlrs. Ballinger, of
B3irmninghailn, Alabamla; Caroline, decea.e-ed;
Angeline, now Mrs. B1allinger, of Blunclnibe
county, North Carolina. The mother (lied
in 1863, and the father in 1886.
Thomas Iruce, the subject of this sketcll,
was lorn in Greenx ille di-trict. Soutil Carolira,
November 25, 1836. At the ag,, .
twenty-two years he went to Atlanta, Georgia,
and nine months afterward came to Texas,
spending the first two years in Ihusk county,
after which lihe located in Washington county.
In March, 1861, he enlisted for service in the
late war, entering a company of State troops,
and was stationed on the frontier. In the
following May the company became a part
of the regular service, Company B, Second
Texas Cavalry, and was ordered to Arizona,
and participated in the battle of Balverda
and other engagements. After fifteen months
there the regiment was ordered East, took
part in the battle 6f Galveston, passed into
Louisiana and remained there until the close
of hostilities. Mr. Bruce then resumed
farming in Washington county, and in the
'fall of 1869 came to Williamson county, locating
on his present farm of 400 acres,
six and one-half miles east of Georgetown.
In 1892 Mr. Bruce was chosen by the Democratic
party as Commissioner of Precinct
No. 1, which office he still holds, giving
eminent satisfaction to his constituents.
In January, 1866, in Washington county,
Texas, our subject was united in marriage to
Miss Eliza Russell. They had two children:
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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/m1/464/?rotate=90: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .