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: 448
ice at Enterprise, Mississippi. He was using a keel-boat for thle purple, and while
twice married, marrying first, on October 19, following that occupation met our sulijeet's
1841. Miss Nancy Floyd, of North Carolina. mother at a )point allbollt where tle city
The children of this union were: Claudius of Bayou Sara, Louisiana, now stands, where
C., who was born September 23, 1843, and
is now a resident of Alexander, Erath county,
Texas; Augustus P., who was born Noveillber
27, 1844, and is a resident of Rayner,
where le is clerk of the District Court of
Stonewall county, Texas; Louisa M., who was
born January 10, 1847, and is the wife of
Calvin C. White, of Milaln county, a sketch
of whom appears in this work.
The children of James D. and Ava Oliver
were: Amanda Katherine, who was born
March 13, 1855, and is the wife of B. A.
Goodwin, of this article; and Virginia Ann,
who was born January 11, 1857, and is the
wife of W. H. Liner, of Hopkins county,
Texas. Mrs. Goodwin was born in Hopkins
county, this State.
Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin have had one child,
a daughter, Luella, who died in infancy. Mr.
and Mrs. Goodwin belong to the Baptist
Church, holding a membership in the church
at Clarkson, Milain county. Mr. Goodwin
was a member of the Advisory Council of the
World's Congress Auxiliary on Farm Culture
and Cereal Industry, and a member of
the World's Agricultural Congresses, which
met at Chicago in October, 1893.
j W. I N S ALL, a successful farmer of
Williamson county, is a son of Thomas
and Mary (Holdship) Insall. The
father was born in Yorkshire, England,
and at the age of twenty-five years emigrated
to the United States. For a number
of years he was engaged in the mercantile
business ou the Ohio and Mississippi rivers,
tlley were inarried in 1809. Shle was born
in Pennsylvania, where her parents were
among the early pioneers. I-Ier father was
of Irish and her mother of Dutch descent.
After marriage Mr. Ir.sall purchased a plantation
on Bayou Boeuf, where lie died ill
1848, and his wife in 1858. They were tlle
parents of ten children, namely: Thomas,
IRichard and Martha, (leceased; Mary, widow
of a Mr. Callahan, and a resident of Mini ral
City, Texas; Charlotte, widow of a 2Mr.
Shaw, of Columbus, this State; John, deceased;
IIenry, deceased; R. W., our subject;
Joseph, who resides with his brother, R. W.;
and Alzira, deceased. Mr. Insall, Sr., was a
Democrat in his political views and a meinber
of the Episcopal Church. IIe held a
parish office for many years corresponding
with the County Commissioner's office of this
R. W. Insall was born in St. Laudry parish,
Louisiana, August 30, 1831. In 1848
he visited relatives in Texas, and in February,
1850, returned to this State, where he
has ever since made his home. During the
first four years lie was located in Colorado
county and was engaged in the saddlers'
trade, which lie had learned in Louisiana.
He then became a resident of DeWitt county,
where he remained until 1856, and in that
year returned to Colorado county. Another
period was spent in DeWitt county with his
wife's .people, after which lie went again to
Colorado county. In 1873 Mr. Insall came
to his present location, where he now owns
200 acres of land, 150 acres under a fine
state of cultivation. The place is located one
mile north of Leander. In addition to this
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