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BHISTOR OF TEXAS.
children: Robert Morris, deceased; Denolas
H., widow of a Mr. Thomas and a resident of
Lee county; Genoa A., wife of Ira Bounds,
of Milam county; Emma C., at home; Ann
Elizabeth, now Mrs. Thomas, of Lee county;
J. R. and William J., at home. The wife and
mother died in July, 1875, and January 15,
1880, in Lee county, Mr. Coffman married
Mary E. Standlee. They also have seven
children: John H., Nannie B., Travis,
Thomas G., Minnie A., Ellen M. and Frances
FMIM. BROWDER, a farmer of Lee
county, is a son of Thomas Browder.
The latter's father, Thomas Browder,
lived in Hopkins county, Kentucky, was a
soldier in the war of 1812, took part in the
battle of :New Orleans, with Jackson, and
while returning from that engagement died
suddenly when within a day's journey of
home. The father of our subject was born
and reared in Hopkins county, Kentucky,
where he spent his entire life, with the exception
of one year passed in Texas. He was
married in 1829 to Pernetta Jackson, and
they had eleven children, namely: F. M.,our
subject; James, deceased; John, deceased;
Sallie, deceased; Mollie, deceased; Joseph, of
Hopkins county, Kentucky; Richard, of
Fannin county, Texas; Rufus, of Hopkins
county; Samuel, whose residence is unknown;
David, deceased; and Thomas, deceased.
The father died in 1880, and the
mother in 1886. They were members of the
F. M. Browder, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Hopkins county, Kentucky, June
1, 1831. In November, 1856, l came to
Lee county, Texas, locating on the farm
where he now resides. He owns 391 acres,
100 acres of which is under a fine state of
cultivation.. In 1861 he enlisted as a private
in Company A, Seventeenth Texas Infantry,
Confederate, under Colonel -Allen, but did not
participate in any battles, was principally on
detail duty, and served west of the Mississippi
river. At the close of the struggle he
was employed by the Government in collecting
titles. Mr. Browder has resided on his
present farm continuously since coming to
this State, with the exception of three years
spent in Georgetown, for the purpose of educating
In his political views he affiliates with the
Democratic party, and socially is a Royal
Arch Mason, holding his membership in Lexington
Lodge, No. 138, in which he has served
as Worshipful Master. He is a member of
the Christian Church.
Mr. Browder was married in Hopkins
county, Kentucky, in 1851, to Ann Eliza
Gordon, and they had one child, now deceased.
The wife and mother died July 25,
1856. In September, 1860, in Bastrop
county, Texas, our subject married Cynthia
L. Wilson, a daughter of John and Martha
Wilson. The parents moved from the Eastern
States to Mississippi, and in 1846 came
to Bastrop county, Texas. Mr. and Mrs.
Wilson had seven children: William, a farmer
of Lee county; Caroline, now Mrs. Marley,
of Bastrop county; Cynthia, the wife of our
subject; Wiley, of Bastrop county; James, a
farmer of Lee county; Andrew, of Bastrop
county; and Jefferson, also of that county.
The father, a member of the Methodist
Church, died in 1881, and the mother still
resides in Bastrop county. Mr. and Mrs.
Browder have had six children, namely: Edward
M., of Dallas, Texas; Joseph D. and
Rufus W., farmers of Lee. county; Charles
D., graduated at the Southwestern Univer
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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/m1/487/?rotate=270: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .