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: 481
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Texas, and is doing a safe, conservative but
constantly increasing business. Strict attention
to the demands of his trade, a reputation
for fair dealing, the best goods for the lowest
living prices and a com petent corps of clerks,
backed by vigorous brains, keen business
foresight, tact and good management liave
made this business what it is and have placed
it on a basis where it gives promise of excelling
its past record by more than it would be
discreet here to say.
Mrs. Cobb who has given the business her
personal attention from the first and who has
rendered most efficient aid in building it up
to its present standard, was born in Mississippi,
but reared in 13Burlefon county, Texas,
where she was brought by her parents while
but a child. Her maiden name was Rowena
Davidson, she being a daughter of William
Davidson, a native of Mississippi and a relative
of the Davidsons of that State. Mr.
and Mrs. Cobb were married October 15,
1884. Both are members of the Baptist
Church and Mr. Cobb is a member of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen and of the
Knights and Ladies of Honor.
'OSHUA WILSON McCOWN, JR.For
fifty-six years the subject of this
. sketch has resided in Texas, most of
the time in Milam county. It is needless
to say that he is a pioneer and an early settler
of the county. Mr. McCown traces his
ancestry back to the land of song and story,
heroism and romance,- Scotland, - from
which country his progenitors emigrated
some time during the last century to America
and settled in Pennsylvania. There his
paternal grandfather, Alexander McCown,
was born, reared, twice married (his first
wife dying), and move(l in 1784 to Kellntucky,
settling in what is now Bard lstown,
Nelson county. lie was tlie father of a
a large family of children, sixteen of whom,
were sons and grrew up.
Joshua Wilson McCown, Sr., thle father of
the subject of this sketch, was one of this
number. lie was born in llairlstown, February
5, 1804, an'l was there reared. IIe
went to Tennessee when a young nuiin and
in Columnbia, that State, on April 22, 1828,
married Martha Shapard, a native of Tennessee,
l)orn April, 1808. He resided in Tennessee
until 1837, when he moved to Texs
and settled in Washington county, where lihe
lived until 184-8, at which date lie came to
Cameron, Milam county, where, for several
years he was engaged in the mercantile business.
Later he lived at Houston and at
other points in the State, and is still living,
being now a resident of Whitney, Hill
county. He has been twice married and has
raised to maturity fourteen children. His
first wife died at Houston in 1852, leaving
sixteen children, of whom Joshua Wilson
McCown, Jr., the eldest, is the subject uf
He was born in Murfreesborongh, Te,;nessee,
July 8, 1830. Being brought to Texas
at the age of seven by his parents, he was
reared in Washington county. His boyhood
and youth were passed on the farm. In
1852 he married Margaret Chalmers of
Waco, who died shortly afterward without
issue. May, 1854, he married Susan, a
daughter of Josiah J. and Ann Turnhamn, of
Mr. Turnham was one of the first settlers
of this county, moving here from Missouri,
in company with Giles 0. Sullivan, another
of the pioneers of the county, and settling at
Nashville in 1840. In the spring of 1842
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