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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
II. E. Willson was born ill Cherokee county,
Texas, ill 1858, and received his education at
different places in Texas. At the age of
twenty years he entered thle printing office of
the Belton Courier, under his brother, 1'. 0.
Willson, and there learned his trade. In
1886 he canle to Taylor, and formed a partnership
with his brother, as before mentioned.
Mr. Willson was married in 1886, to Miss Ida
Ros0, a daughter of Mat and Catherine
(Maxey) Ross. Her grandfather was one of
the pioneer judges of the State and Republic
of Texas, and was well known in the early
history of this State. Our subject and wife
have five children: Harold, Ross M., Elizabeth
L., Margery and one unnamed. MIr.
and Mrs. Willson are melnbers of the Baptist
Church, and the former also affiliates with
the K. of H.
C ALVIN ROGERS HOLT.-More than
a century ago, in the days of Daniel
Boone, when the beautiful " barrens "
and fertile valleys of the great Southwest
were being rapidly filled with adventurous
settlers from the older States, there arrived in
central Kentucky one Drury Holt, who took
up his residence in one of the numerous settlements
then being formed and gave the
strength and vigor of his manhood to the
work of helping to subdue the savages and
lay the foundation of the great ommonwealth
which sprang up from the colonies
planted by Boone, Harrod, Shelby and their
compatriots. Drury Holt was a type of his
kind, a powerful, muscular man, bold, active
and energetic, fond of sports and a social
favorite, the kind of a man to gather around
him a strong following of ardent and sym
pathetic admirers almid to b)e a ( oilnpicuous
character at all neighborhood gatheri: is.
Rie was not a; politician nor a seeker after
military glory, but an ulatinbl)iti.)ls, ald(i, excepting
his claims as a wrestler, boxer and
runner, an unassuming citizen. I e was
probably married when he settled in Kentucky,
and there subsequently reared his
family. His wife's maiden name was Rogers,
and by her lie had six children, all of whom
became grown and raised families. The eldest
and youngest of' these, Danswell and Drury,
were sons, the remainder being daughters.
Mollie was married to John Ryan Henry,
Patty to Joseph Ryan, Lucy to David Tramneii
and the youngest to Daniel Neal. Drury
inherited a great deal of his father's physical
and social make-up. In middle life he turned
his attention to religion and politics and became
a prominent minister of the Church of
the Disciples and a man of some public note.
Danswell Holt was born in Kentucky, in
1794, and was reared in his native State. He
married a Miss Alice Wright and had eight
children: Susan, who was married to Joel
Scott, and now resides in Carroll county,
Arkansas; Patty, who was married to Richard
Clark, and resides in Kentucky; Betty,
who was married to Abram Speers, and re
sides in Carroll county, Arkansas; Henry,
who lives in Carroll county, Arkansas; Isham,
who lives at Silver City, New Mexico; Larkin,
who lives in Carroll county, Arkansas;
Calvin Rogers, the subject of this sketch;
and Lucinda, the wife of John Rutledge, of
Carroll county, Arkansas. The father died
in Cumberland county, Kentucky, in 1844.
The mother died in Carroll county, Arkansas,
about 1877 or '78. The father was a quiet,
moral man, but not connected with any religous
denomination. The mother was a lifelong
member of the Baptist Church.
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