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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
1867, in Florence, to Mrs. Martha M. Love,
n2etc Stapp, who was born in Overtoil county,
Tennessee, and came to Texas with her parents
in 1850, at the age of five years. Mr.
and Mrs. Smith have had eight children,W.
A., Decker, Joshua (deceased), Sallie M.,
Horace and Homer (twins), Birdie M. and
Elmer B. Our subject is a Master Mason,
and a member of the Odd Fellows order.
Religiously, he is a member of the Baptist
OLONEL SAM A. EASLEY, a farmner
and sheep-raiser of Williamson county,
is a grandson of Robert Easley, who
was a native of Virginia but who moved to
South Carolina in 1786. He served as a
private in the Revolutionary war, and was an
influential planter and slave-owner. His son,
John Easley, the father of our subject, was
born in Virginia, and when about eight years
of age, went to South Carolina with his parents,
being reared and educated in that State.
He married Miss Elizabeth King, a daughter
of John King, of English descent, and Orderly
Sergeant in Washington's life guard
during the Revolutionary war. His death occurred
in South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs.
John Easley had six children, viz.: John, Jr.,
deceased at the age of thirty years; William,
who served as Major of a cavalry company
during the late war, and who died in South
Carolina in 1872, leaving a family; Sam A.,
our subject; Robert, who came to Williamson
county, Texas, in 1853, and who died in 1856,
leaving a wife and two children; Mary, deceased
in November, 1890, was the wife of
D. McSloan, who also came in 1853 to this
county, where lie still resides; and Martha,
wife of William Wilcox, was married in
Texas, while here oil a visit, anld her dleathl
occurred in 1863. Mr. Easley died at tle o,ld
homestead in 1862, anld his wife died in Texas,
Colonel S. A. Easley, tlie subject of this
sketch, came overland to Texas in 1853) alnd
purchased in Williamnson cqnty, 3,350 acres
of land, which lie imlmedliately began iiilproving.
lie has since sold a part of this
tract; has also given his children land, but
still o;vns 1,600 acres. IIe erected tlhe first
cotton gin in the county, and during his
second year here purchased two Spanish jacks
and two stallions, and engaged in the stuck
business. In 1858 lie began bheep-raisimt,
and in 1860 had increased his herd to several
thousand head. Mr. Easley lhas his farmit
under a fine state of cultivation, and hlas about
1,000 head of sheep and other stuck. In 1863
he assisted in raising for thle State service a
regiment of 100-day men, and was made
Colonel of the same. At thle expiration of
Ills term of service lie selected a company
from the regiment. lie was made Captain of
this cavalry company, and was engaged in
picket duty on the beach near Galveston,
where he was located at the close of the
struggle. After returning home, lMr. Easley
freed about fifty slaves, since which time lie
has rented a part of his land, and farmed the
remainder bly hired help.
He was united in marriage June 8, 1848,
to Miss Elizabeth Sloan, who was born in
South Carolina, May 11, 1828, a daughter of
Thomas and Nancy Sloan, natives also of that
State. The father has the reputation of being
the finest planter in his district. Mr. and
'Mrs. Easley have had eight children, six now
living,-Mamie, wife of D. P. Wilcox, a
farmer of Williamson county; Samuel A.,
formerly a merchant and sheep-raiser in
Crockett county, but now a farmer of this
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