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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Texas brigade, served in the Army of the
Tennessee, and died at Rich Church Hospital,
in October, 1862, having been taken sick
soon after joining the army. His first wife,
the mother of our subject, died in 1853, at
the age of twenty-eight years, eleven months
and five days. They had four children, three
of whom grew to years of maturity: William
H., who died in 1892; John T., our subject;
Edward W., deceased in 1852; and George
M., who died in 1880. In 1856 Mr. Black
married Kate N. Josey, and they also had
four children, only one of whom lived to be
grown. Virginia, wife of J. M. Adams, of
John T. Black, the subject of this sketch,
received his education in Hays and Bastrop
counties. In 1864 he joined Captain F. B.
S. Cocke's company, Benevidas' regiment of
cavalry, and served principally under Colonel
Ford. He took part in but one engagement,
which was the last one fought during the war,
at the mouth of the Rio Grande. They captured
200 United States troops. The company
disbanded at Brownsville, and after returning
home Mr. Black attended school in
Bastrop county for a time. He then farmed
on rented land for five years, after which he
purchased the place he now owns, the same
comprising 1,300 acres, 400 acres of which
was under a fine state of cultivation. Mr.
Black paid $8 per acre for his land. He has
since sold a part of his place, and now has
325 acres under cultivation, raising principally
corn and cotton. He makes a specialty
of the raising of Jersey cows, and at present
has thirty head, after having sold a fine herd
In 1874 Mr. Black was united in marriage
to Miss Maida W. Winston, a native/f Charlottesville,
Virginia, and a daughter of 0. P.
and Annie W. (Watts) Winston, also born in
that State. The parents came to Texas in
1872, locating on Alum creek, in Bastrop
county, where they were engaged in agricultural
pursuits. They afterward purchased a
farm further down the Colorado river, where
the father still resides. Mr. and Mrs. Winston
had eight children: Maida W.; B. L.;
0. H. P. and J. W. (twins, the latter of
whom died in 1884); E. G.; P. V.; Effa A.,
and one deceased when young. The wife and
mother died 'in 1884, having been a leading
member in the Episcopal Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Black have had eight children,
five of whom grew to years of maturity
-William W., Chester C., Edward B. P.,
Rector W. and John T. Mrs. Black is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In political matters, our subject votes with
the Democratic party, and is now Justice of
the Peace of precinct No. 5, to which position
lie has been elected for three terms in
succession. Socially, he affiliates with the A.
F. & A. M, J. Nixon Lodge, No. 421, and
also with Bastrop Chapter, No. 95.
C. HOOPER, of Taylor, Williamson
county, Texas, is largely interested in
farming, and is one of the most progressive
young men in the county.
The date of his advent to this county and
State is April 26, 1884. He hails from that
grand old Southern State, Alabama, that has
given so many good men to Texas. His birth
occurred July 28, 1859. He grew up on a
farm, and was educated in the district schools
and the academy at Springville, Alabama.
His family history traces back as follows:
AM. S. Hooper, the father of C. C., was
born in St. Clair county, Alabama, May 19,
1818. He is a son of John Hooper, who was
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