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: 516
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516 HISTORY OF TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
he was wounded by a shell which struck his
right ankle. That was August 12, 1864, and
after recuperating, and while on crutches, he
had his commander report him ready for
post conscript duty. But, the war closing.
he went to the home of some of his
relatives, and it was not until December,
1865, that he returned to Texas. From the
effects of his wound his leg had to be amputated
below the knee. He was a brave, efficient
soldier and an honored commander.
Soon after his return to Texas he bought
land in Burleson county and engaged in
farming, and this land he still owns. He
also owns two other farms, all of which he
rents. Since 1876 lie has been engaged
in merchandising at Tunicis. In 1888 he
admitted his bookkeeper as a partner, and
since that date has conducted business under
the firm name of Ragsdale & Winberley.
They deal in general merchandise, taking
cotton and produce in exchange for their
goods, and are doing an extensive business.
Formerly Captain Ragsdale dealt in stock,
but has not of recent date.
Captain Ragsdale was married in 1867 to
Miss Florence Goodwin, a native of Virginia
and a daughter of Johnl and Sally Goodwin,
both of the Old Dominion. Her father cane
with his family to Burleson county, Texas, in
1856, and settled on a farm, where lie died
in 1870. Mrs. Ragsdale died in 1874. She
had four children, two of whom died young.
The others are James W. and John G., the
former being married and settled at Caldwell,
Texas, and the latter now attending college
in Virginia. In 1876 the Captain married
Miss Lily Fountain, who was born in
in Alabama, daughter of J. A. and Mary
Fountain, natives of South Caroling The
Fountain family came to Texas in 1 74 and
settled in Burleson county. Mr. Fountain
is now a resident of Bryan, and his wife is
deceased. By his second wife Captain Ragsdale
had three children, all of whom died in
childhood, and in 1884 his wife, too, passed
The subject of our sketch is identified
with the Masonic fraternity. He affiliates
with the Democratic party and takes an active
and leading part in politics, but does not
aspire to office. He has filled various official
positions. He was appointed by the County
Commissioners to serve an unexpired term
as Justice of the Peace, and was elected
County Commissioner and served one term.,
He has held the post office at Tunis since
1876. The Captain is well known throughout
this county and his friends are many and
his hospitality unbounded.
IMEON B. GLENN, who resides on a
farm near Merle, in Burleson county,
Texas, was born in Mississippi, March
4, 1849. He is a son of William M. and
Jane E. Glenn. The former, a native of
Georgia, has all his life been a farmer and is
still residing on a farm in Mississippi, having
reached the advanced age of seventythree
years. Mr. Glenn's maternal grandfather
was William Vernor, an early settler
of Mississippi. Simeon B. was the secondborn
in a family of seven children, lie and a
brother, William Vernor, being the only
ones of the family who came to Texas. This
brother is now a wealthy rancher of McCulloch
county. Mr. Glenn's mother died in
Simeon B. Glenn came to Texas in 1870,
arriving here in August, and, after visiting
several counties, settled, in December of that
year, in Burleson county, where he has since
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