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: 463
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HISTORY OF T'EXAS.
connected with the city government ever
since the organization of the place, serving as
Mayor from 1885 to 1889, when he refused
the office longer.
The Doctor has been married three times,
his third wife having been Miss Fannie Falwell
of Memphis, Tennessee. By his second
marriage he had one daughter, Jennie, and
one by his third, Mary Fannie.
Mrs. Threadgill is a valued member of the
Episcopal Church, believing in the beautiful
tenets of that church. The Doctor is a blue
lodge Mason, a member of the I. 0. 0. F.,
in which lie has held the chairs, and is also a
member of the Knights of Pythias. He takes
a great interest in local politics and is a
strong supporter of the State administration.
He is one of the prosperous and successful
business men of the county, and his life furnishes
a good example of what will and perseverance
can accomplish when coupled with
honesty and strict integrity.
J AMES H. HOLTZCLAW.-In the sumruer
of 1835 Major Sterling C. Robertson,
the empresario, then engaged in
his scheme of founding a colony in Texas,
made an extensive tour of Mississippi,
Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky in the
interest of his enterprise. He succeeded in
inducing a large number of settlers to accompany
him out that year, and these took
up claims what was then known as " Robertson's
grant." One of this number was Warner
Bernard Ho]tzclaw, the father of James
H. Foltzclaw of this article. Warner Bernard
Holtzclaw was a native of Virginia, born
in the first year of this century. He was
reared in his native State and when a young
man migrated to Tennessee, locating near
Nashville, where lie became overseer for
General Andrew Jackson, and where he inarried
and resided until his removal to Texas.
His marriage occurred in 1831, when lihe
espoused Martha, a daughter of Captain
James Leach, then of Davidson county, Tennessee,
but originally from Virginia, a veteran
of the Revolution and an early immi
grant to the West.
On coining to Texas in 1835 Warner 3Bernard
LHoltzclaw "laid a head-right" on a
tract of land in what was then tlhe uinsurveyed
and unsettled San. Gabriel and Little
river country, now Milami county. No actual
settlement on his " head-right" was aictempted
by himl at that time on account of
the transitional state of affairs on the frontier
at that time. Like many others lie spent
the time between that date and the final
emancipation of Texas from Mexican authority,
in prospecting, hunting and scouting.
His family came to Texas in 1836 and settled
at Nacogdoches, where they remained during
the troublous times of the Revolution. In
1837, with the gradual forward movement of
the settlers toward the west and southwest
he moved his family to the town of Washington,
where he embarked in the hotel business,
which he followed at that place for about
two years. He was the pioneer hotel-keeper
of Washington, and furnished accomllinodations
for man and beast to many of Texas'
early settlers and most distinguished men.
He died in Washington county, in 1842,
meeting a violent death at the hands of an
assassin who shot him from ambush as he
was returning home to his farm, which was
about three miles from town. He was taken
away in the prime of life, at a time when his
career gave promise of greater activity and
usefulness than lie had theretofore known,
albeit his earlier years had not been spent in
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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/m1/498/?rotate=270: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .