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jest and humor, and enjoys a good story as
well as his breakfast. Ile is public-spirited
and enterprising, and readily endorses any
project calculated to stimulate the prosperity
of his town and county. Generous anld affa-.
ble, his sympathies express themselves in
kindness to his friends, and charities where
they are merited. He believes that religion
is a matter of conscience, and therefore not
to be interfered with, as lie believes that
politics is a matter of principle in which
men honestly differ. While not a partisan,
lie is a Democrat, holding liberal views with
respect to party management, but strict in
his adherence to the principles on which the
party is founded. He is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, having taken the blue
lodge and Royal Arch degrees, and is Worshipful
Master of Lodge No. 414, at Rockdale.
In June, 1879, Dr. Walker married Miss
Gertrude Wright, of Rockdale, a daughter of
Captain David Wright, who moved from
Sardis, Mississippi, to Texas. Mrs. Walker
was born and principally reared in 3Mississippi.
To this union five children have been
L. MORRIS, more familiarly known as
Logue Morris, is one of the early settlers
of Williamson county, having
located in his present neighborhood in 1856.
The Morris family were originally from
North Carolina, and moved into Franklin
county, Tennessee, in an early day. John
Morris, the father of our subject, was born
in North Carolina in 1902, and his death
occurred in Franklin county, Tennessee, in
1848. He was married in that county in
1828, to Sarah Frame. In 1854 the mother
and family caine to Texas, spending the first
two years in Travis county, and then locate'l
near where our subject now resides, eid(lltiee'
miles northwest of Georgetown, at tlie liemld
of Berry's creek, inl Williamson county. It
was then a frontier place, wild game of all
kinds was plentiful, an(l an occasional visit
from hostile Indians disturbed the peace of
the community. This locality is now one
of the most prosperous and thickly settled
parts of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Morris
had nine children: Ellen, deceased; Adaline,
now Mrs. Ferguson, of Goliad, Texas; J.
L., our subject; John, of Hamilton county,
this State; William, a resident of Taylor;
Edward, of Williamson county; Fannie, dl.,ceased;
Ann, now Mrs. Gardner, of Mills
county, Texas; and Virginia, wife of John
Moore, of Forence, this county. The mother
lived with her children after they left home
until her death, which occurred in August,
J. L. Morris was born in Franklin county,
Tennessee, February 19, 1832. At the death
of his father the care of the family was
thrown on his young shoulders, although
lie was only sixteen years of age, and lie
assisted his mother in keeping the children
at llome until they were able to care for themselves.
At the opening of the late war lie
enlisted in Company I, Twelfth Texas Cavalry,
served in the Trans-Mississippi department
until the surrender, and participated in
the battles of Cotton Plant, Pleasant Hill,
Yellow Bayou, etc. Mr. Morris now owns
one of the finest prairie farms in Williamson
county, consisting of 363 acres, 140 acres
under a fine state of cultivation, and situated
on tlie Lampasas and Georgetown road, eighteen
miles from the latter place.
In 1868, in Williamson county, our subject
was united in marriage to Susan Moore,
a niece of L. Moore, a Texas pioneer. To this
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