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: 486
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HISTORf OF TEXAS.
pony with others, he discovered gold and
started a camp, which camp afterward grew
to be the capital of the State, Prescott. In
the following year the Territory was organized,
with Governor Goodwin at the head of affairs.
About that time the Indians became very
hostile and the Governor of the Territory and
Governor Arney of New Mexico had a regimnent
raised under the command of Colonel
Kit Carson for the protection of the settlers.
Mr. Dunn served in this regiment three
years-three years filled with many thrilling
experiences and narrow escapes. He received
several arrow wounds, only one of which,
however, was severe. That was in his left
shoulder, and he still carries the scar. After
this Mr. Dunn made a visit to his folks, who,
in the mean time had moved to Arkansas.
He had married in Alabama, in 1860, and
during his absence in the far West his wife
came with her brother to Texas. Joining
her in Milam county, he settled down to
farming, as above stated.
Mr. Dunn is a son of Wylie and Martin
(Horton) Dunn, both natives of North Carolina.
His father was a farmer all through
life; died in Arkansas, October 25, 1863.
Grandfather Robert Dunn, also a native of
North Carolina, served in the war of 1812,
and his father was a Revolutionary soldier.
The Dunn family are of Irish descent, but
have long been residents of America, having
come to this country with Sir Walter Raleigh.
The subject of our sketch still has a large
number of relatives in North Carolina. He
is the oldest of nine children, five of whom
are still living. Three of the family are in
Arkansas, and Mr. Dunn has a brother, Sidney
F., who lives neighbor to him.
He has been twice married. His rst wife,
whose maiden name was Sarah B. Mays, was
a daughter of Joseph Mays, of South Caro
lina. She died January 18, 1888, leaving
four children, viz.: Nancy A., wife of W. B.
Porter, a merchant of Sweetwater, Texas;
and Joseph W., Isabella K. and Enoch M.,
at home. December 23, 1888, Mr. Dunn
married a widow, Mrs. Mary Lovelace,
daughter of William Thorp, of Tennessee.
Her father came to Texas at an early day and
was engaged in farming here until the time
of his death, dying when she was small. Her
mother, nee Mary Porter, was a daughter of
Benjamin Porter, who came to Texas in
1847. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have -two sons:
Julius H. and Albert W., and by her first
husband Mrs. Dunn has three children: W.
C., Carry J. and George C. Lovelace.
lie and his wife are members of the Baptist
Church, and his political views are in
harmony with Democratic principles.
AMES ELLIOTT, a successful farmer of
Williamson county, is a son of Patrick
and Nancy (McGee) Elliott, natives of
the north coast of Ireland. In 1830 the parents
emigrated to this country, locating in
Washington county, Pennsylvania, where the
father died about one year later. The mother
continued to reside there for some years
among her relatives, the Lees, and finally
married James Marquis. They located near
Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where the husband subsequently
died, and the mother then lived a
widow until her death, in 1872. Mr. and
Mrs. Elliott were the parents of six children,
viz.: Mary, deceased; Matthew, deceased;
John, who came to this county with our subject,
died in 1861, and his family still reside
here; James, the subject of this sketch;
William, deceased; and the youngest child,
who died on the ocean when an infant.
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