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and at the age of twenty years began work
on his own account. His guardian then
turned over his trust to its rightful owner,
and Mr. Craft purchased a farm on tile Colorado
river. After remaining there for a
time he moved to the place lie had inherited
from his mother's estate, where lie spent two
years. The land inherited from his father's
estate was located about fourteen miles from
Bastrop. Mr. Craft next purchased a farm
on Cedar creek, and in 1883 bought the farm
where he now resides, known as the 13. M.
Hubbard place, and comprising 540 acres,
300 acres of which is under a line state of
cultivation. HIe also owns a 500-acre tract
on Cedar creek, with 300 acres cultivated,
and 300 acres of prairie land. which he purchased
in 1877. He is considered one of the
most successful farmers of Bastrop county,
and his place is stocked with the best mules
and horses to be purchased for farming purposes.
Mr. Craft has accumulated most of
his property by his own industry and
December 15, 1874, lie was united in miarriage
to Miss Della B. Trigg, a daughter of
Lanson and Allie E. Trigg. The mother is
now the wife of Captain William A. Young.
Mr. and Mrs. Craft have had eight children:
Ida O., Wallas D., Vesta E., Beulah, Lena
R., Walter, Allie J. (deceased), and Lulu
Etta. Mrs. Craft is a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church. Our subject takes
no active interest in political matters, although,
in 1891, he was chosen County Coinmissioner
of Bastrop county. In 1892 he
refused to make the run for the office. In
his social relations, he affiliates with the A.
F. & A. M., Gamble Lodge, No. 244.
C.W. Hemphill, the subject of this sketch,
still resides on the old homestead, which has
never been divided. 350 acres of the place
is under a fine state of cultivation. Ile is
engaged in general farm-,ing and stock-raisinmg,
and is also a stock-holder in a co-operative
gin. He was formerly a Democrat in his
political views, but now affiliates with the
third party. Socially, Mr. liemnphill is
identified with the Masonic fraternity, and
religiously, is a member of the Baptist
) J3OBElRT H. FLANNIKEN, one of the
K few survivors of that band of pioneers
iwho began to make Milani Land District,
or as it was sometimes called, the
",State of Milam County," their homes fiftyodd
years ago, is a native of Mecklenburg
county, North Carolina, where he was born
on July 18, 1819. He comes of Irish, Scotch
and Dutch ancestry, though his own parents
were natives of North Carolina, born in Mecklenburg
county. His father, James N. Flanniken,
was born in 1795, and his mother, whose
maiden name was Eleanor A. Hood, in 1800.
His paternal grandfather, David Flanniken,
was born in Ireland, coming to this country
when young. He served in the war of the
Revolution and bore from the field of conflict
the evidences of his bravery and patriotism
in the shape of an ounce ball embedded in
his body, and received in an engagement with
Cornwallis' soldiers. He survived this wound,
however, as well as the attacks of disease for
many years, dying at the advanced age of
eighty. His brother, John Flanniken, was a
member of the Mecklenburg convention, which
passed the celebrated "Mecklenburg Declaration
of Independence," claimed by some historians
to have antedated that passed by the
James N. Flanniken and Eleanor A. Hood
were married about 1818 aud emigrated in
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