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became grown: Joseph H., who died at the
age of nineteen; William J., Minnie and
Mr. Sinilie east his first vote for president
for Millard Fillmore, the candidate of the
American party, in 1856. On the disintegration
of the old parties in 1860 he cast
his political fortunes with the Democrats,
and he has steadily voted with them since.
He refused to support Horace Greeley,
however, in 1872, because he did not believe
Greeley represented the Democratic party.
Mr. Smilie is a Mason, a member of the
Knights of Honor, and he and most of his
family belong to the Baptist Church.
A MES L. DEAN, merchant and farmer
of Deanville, Burleson county, i& a son
-' of Lemuel and Judith Dean, who were
comparatively early settlers of Texas, moving
here in 1851. Lemuel Dean was a native of
Virginia, where he was born in 1798. He
was married in his native State, and about
1838 moved to Nashville, Tennessee, arid at
a later date took up his residence at Quincy,
that State, where he resided until 1851, when
he came to Texas and located in Washington
county. He later moved to Bosque county,
where he died in 1862. He was engaged
most of his life at his trade as a carpenter,
and met with a fair share of success. His
wife, mother of the subject of this sketch,
was also a native of Virginia, where she
was born about the beginning of this century.
Her maiden name was Judith Bowers. Their
children were: Thomas; Martha, who was
married to William Fuqua; Sarah, who was
married to Charles Isbell; Lemuel; Richard;
Tennessee, who was married to William
Meeks; John; James L.; Adeline, who was
mwried- to Charles Smith; William, and
George. The only member of this large family
now living is James L, whose name heads
this notice. He was born in Qnisy~,-Gibson
county, Tennessee, on the 9th day of October,
1841. -He was reared on a farm, where he
enjoyed but meager educational advantages.
He entered the Confederate army in 1861,
enlisting in Company F, Twenty-first Texas
Cavalry. Being engaged on out-post duty
for several months after his enlistment, he
saw but little actual field service, but later
his command was ordered toward the East,
and was in part of the series of engagements
following Banks' Red river campaign. After
this expedition the command returned to interior
Texas and was disbanded at Moseley's .
Ferry, in Brazos county, at the close of the
war. Mr. Dean then settled in Burleson
county. Feeling his need of better educational
qualifications, he entered a school,
where he took a ten months' course, after
which he began clerking for R. W. Dean in
the mercantile business at Caldwell. He was
so employed till February, 1872. By this
time he had saved 'some means from his
wages, and, having married, he moved to his
present location, eight miles west of Caldwell,
where he began operations on liis own
account. In 1878 a postoffice was established
on his place and received his name. In 1883
he received the appointment as Postmaster,
and has since held that position. His interests
are mercantile, farming and stock-raising,
at which he has succeeded reasonably
Mr. Dean's marriage occurred April 21,
1869, when he was 'united to Miss Josephine
Dunn, then a resident of Burleson county,
and a daughter of J. G. Dunn, who moved
from Mississippi to Texas about 1858. Mrs.
Dean was born in Mississippi and reared
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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/m1/535/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .