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510 HIS TORY OF TEXAS.
William S. Lackey was reared on a farm in
Calhoun county, Alabama, where he was
trained to all kinds of farming pursuits and
where in the intervals of his labors he received
the elements of a common English
education. He learned the hatter's trade from
his father and followed it a number of years
in early life.
January 22, 1856, Mr. Lackey married
Miss Martha AM. Ghent, a daughter of Daniel
and Nancy Ghent, Mrs. Lackey being a
native of Calhoun county, Alabama.
In 1862 Mr. Lackey entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in the Fifty-first Alabama
Regiment of Calvary, Wheeler's Division,
with which he served until his cApture
June 27, 1863, at Shelbyville, Tennessee.
From that date until the close of hostilities
he was confined in Federal prisons, spending
most of the time at Fort Delaware, on Delaware
Island. He returned home after the
surrender and resided in Alabama until 1869,
when he came to- Texas and settled at Port
Sullivan, Milam county. A year later he
moved to Burleson county, where he has
At the age of seventeen Mr. Lackey became
converted and joined the Baptist
Church. He was under impressions to
preach for a number of years and in 1860
entered actively on ministerial work, which
he has followed since. His labors have been
interspersed with secular pursuits, principally
farming, but his time has been given
chiefly to gospel work. He has had a number
of charges in Burleson county, which
county has been the principal scene of his
ministerial labors, having served the church
at Providence for fifteen years, the church at
Salem for twelve years and the church at
Fraimville for five years. During hys ministry
he has held a number of revivals, has
baptized over 400 converts, has solemnized
the rites of matrimony for about 150 couples,
and has probably officiated at a greater number
of funerals. than any other minister in
Burleson county. On account of his devotion
to his church, the simplicity of his character
and the earnest interest he takes in his
fellow beings, he is greatly admired by all
classes of people and especially beloved by
those with whom and for whom he has so
Mr. Lackey and wife have had born to
them the following children: Ida, who died
at the age of thirteen; Kittie, who was the
wife of Rev. J. C. Combs, a minister of the
Baptist Church; Elva; Daniel, who died at
the age of fourteen; Nora; William Charles,
Earnest, Henry and Emma, the last dying in
In 1853 Mr. Lackey joined the Masonic
fraternity and has been an active member of
the order since.
I OHN NEWSOM.-In the year 1855,
in a period of general industrial activ'
ity, and at a time when Texas was
receiving large accessions to its population
from the older States, there arrived in the
lower Brazos country -a well-to-do planter
from Georgia, named Joeday Newsom, who
settled with his family and the slaves who
accompanied him, in Washington county,
then one of the wealthiest and best known
sections of the State. Five years later he
moved to Brazos county, and still later to the
Brazos bottoms of Burleson county, where he
purchased 1,000 acres of land on which he
located, and which he began to reduce to
cultivation. The opening of the late war
stopped to a considerable extent his opera
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