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438 HISTOR Y CF TEXAS.
Sqah (Kimbro) Campbell, were natives, respectively,
of east Tennessee and North
Carolina. His father was born in October,
1781, and his mother in 1799. They were
married in 1814, and reared a family of ten
children, three now living: Alexander T., of
Maury county, Tennessee; Amy C., now
Mrs. Thomas White, and a resident of the
old homestead in that county; and John E.,
of Travis county, Texas. The father died in
Maury county, Tennessee, in 1851, and the
mother in 1862.
John E. Campbell, subject of this sketch,
was born March 28, 1827, and raised in Tennessee,
and emigrated to Texas in 1851,
locating in Travis county. After settling in
this county he taught school one year, and
then came to his present place, four miles
southeast of Austin, on the Fredericksburg
road. In 1861 he enlisted for service in the
late war in Company G, Sixteenth Texas
Infantry, and served until the close of the
struggle in the Trans-Mississippi Department.
Mr. Campbell participated in the
battles of Milliken's Bend, Red river expedition,
Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Jenkins'
Ferry. He votes with the Democratic party,
and is a member of the Masonic order.
April 28, 1853, in Travis county, our subject
was united in marriage with Lavina C.
Davidson, born in 1833, a native of Tennessee
and a daughter of Andrew M. and
Elizabeth M. Davidson. Mrs. Campbell came
with her parents to Travis county, Texas,
when a child. To this union were born two
children. The eldest, Maggie, married Robert
E. White, Sheriff of Travis county, and
they had six children,-Della C., John Dudley,
Thomas B., C. C., J. C., and Frank
(deceased). The wife and mother died in
1888. The second child of Mr.(and Mrs.
Campbell was a son, who died in infancy.
Mrs. Campbell departed this life a short
time before the death of her youngest child,
November 17, 1857, in Bastrop county, to
which place the family had removed for a
TJOHN PETERSON, a prosperous citizen
of the United States by adoption, is
a native of Sweden, born July 16, 1860.
He grew to manhood in his own country, and
had the benefit of the superior educational
advantages offered there. His father, M. P.
Peterson, was born also in Sweden in 1827,
and followed farming. He was united in
marriage with Magdalena Swenson, a sister
of August Swenson, of Hutto, Williamson
county, and to them were born six children:
John; Amelia, wife of George Fluer; Hilda;
Amanda, wife of Henry Anquist; Carl, and
Allured by the tales of plenty and good
fortune attending his countrymen in the far
West, John Peterson determined to leave his
home and friends and native land and cross
the sea in search of his share of the wealth
abounding there. He shipped from Guttenberg
in 1881, bound for New York via Hull,
landing on this shore April 24. He came
directly to Austin, and the following day to
Williamson county, where he secured employment
with his uncle,who had supplied him
with his passage money to America. After he
had paid this debt he left the farm and spent
two years in Austin in the employ of S. T.
Scott. By economy he saved dnring that
time sufficient means to bring his father's
family to America.
In December, 1889, he contracted for a
choice piece of black land containing 141
acres. Here hie resides, and has under culti
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