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~5!G2~ ~HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Caldwell. In politics he is a Democrat, but
has never held any political office, and unless
there is a radical change in his views he is
not likely to, since, with his present way of
thinking, there is no place of trust or emolument
to which lie might aspire that would
be worth to him the effort that it would cost
to get it.
Mrs. Cox, like her husband, was born in
Burleson county, her parents moving here in
1854. She is the third of five children, the
others being John W., Claiborne, Walker
W., and Kate, now Mrs. J. B. Tanner.
Mr. and Mrs. Cox have had nine children:
Iona Cordelia and Leona Kate, both now deceased;
Willie May; Walker W.; Tinnie;
Nellie; Charles Milligan; Jesse Harold, and
Essie. Mrs. Cox is a member of the Baptist
Oy W. HEMPHILL, a farmnner of Bastrop
county, was born on the farm where
lie still resides, September 28, 1848, a
son of C. M. and Elizabeth (Snoddy) Hemphill,
the former a native of Georgia, and the
latter of Alabama. C. M. Hemphill came
to Texas with his father and family in 1835.
The latter, Colonel William Hemphill, settled
on the Brazos river, and was accidentally
killed soon afterward. He had a family of
nine children, viz.: Zeno; M. L.; A. B.; W.
A.; Ulysses; Andrew; C. M., the father of
our subject; Ellen, who married Captain Jack
Nash; and Elolesa married M. 0. Diamond,
a merchant of Bastrop. Two of the children
died before coming to Texas, and the remainder
lived in this county until their death.
In 1836 C. M. Hemphill, the father/of our
subject, located the farm where tlWe latter
now resides, was a member of the ranging
service, and suffered the privations and hardships
of a pioneer life. His farm of 800
acres was well improved, and his death occurred
in 1862. He was married in 1845,
and his wife survived him until 1874. She
came to this State with an uncle, Edwin
Alexander, who was robbed and killed by
Mexicans. Mr. and Mrs. Hemphill had
seven children, viz.: Margaret, who married
W. S. Miller, is now deceased, leaving six
children: C. W. our subject; Gillespie, a
resident of the old homestead; Prudence,
wife of W. B. Bryant, a farmer of Bastrop
county; Tony E., still unmarried; Cuba, wife
of Wade Hemphill, a distant relative; and
R. L., at home. Gillespie, the second son,
was married in December, 1873, to Miss
Alice Bryant, a daughter of William Bryant,
a native of Tennessee. The latter came toTexas
in 1836, and, after several changes, located
in Bastrop county, where he died about
1884. At one time he was a member of the
ranging service with Captain Jack Hays.
His five children were all born in this
county, viz.: Sally, J. L., Jennie, W. B. and
Alice. Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie Hemphill
have had seven children, six now living:
Annie, Cora L., Nora B.,^Benlah A., Florence
G. and Claud. They are members of the
Missionary Baptist Church.
J AMES H. CRAFT, one of the leading
farmers of Bastrop county, was born in
this county, May 26, 1858, the only
child of Samuel and Melissa (White) Craft.
The parents died when our subject was only
five years of age, and he was reared by his
grandfather, Hamilton White, a pioneer setler
of Bastrop county. James H. received
his education in Bastrop and Salado, Texas,
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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/m1/567/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .