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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~
iamson county to build a wire fence, which
was purchased from the old Gallipolis &
Ohio RIiver line, of Ohio. In September,
1861, our subject entered the Confederate
army, in Company D, Fourth Texas Cavalry
Regiment, Sibley's brigade, and they first went
to New Mexico. At Valverde, New Mexico,
they had a heavy encounter with the enemy.
They then returned to Texas, took part in the
battles of Galveston, Fort Butler andi Mansfield.
They fought General Banks forty
days, drove him back to Louisiana, and the
raid terminated at Yellow Bayou. At the
lose of the struggle the regiment had fallen
back to Texas. Mr. Wilson first served as
private, and at the time of the surrender held
the office of Senior Lieutenant. He arrived
hotie May 24, 1865, since which time he has
been engaged in farming. He owns 800
acres of land, 100 acres of which is cultivated,
and for the past twelve years has also been
engaged in sheep and cattle-raising. When
Mr. Wilson first came to Williamson county,
Georgetown was only a village, and the town
of Taylor was not laid out until nineteen
years later. Politically, he votes with the
Democratic party, and socially is a member of
the Masonic fraternity.
J W. PERRY, a farmer of Williamson
county, is a son of Benjamin and Eliza
(Kimxbro) Perry. The father was born
in Georgia, in 1802, went to Alabama when
a young man, was married in Tallapoosa
county, that State, in 1829, and in 1849 came
to Bastrop county, Texas. The mother died
in the latter place in 1857, and the father
afterward moved to our subject's home, where
he died in August, 1890. He was a farmer
by occupation, and a member of the Christian
Church. Mr. and Mrs. Perry had fourteen
children, those who attained maturity being:
Jasper, deceased; Martha Barker, deceased;
Mary, wife of Jolhn Edwards, of Coryell
county, Texas; Bolling, a resident of Williamnson
county; John, of La Grange, Fayette
county, this State; J. W., our subject; Sallie,
now Mrs. William Steward, of Williamson
county; Benjamin, also of this county; Cornelia,
deceased; Julia, wife of James Copeland,
of Williamson county; Acey M., of
Coinal county, Texas; and Albert, a resident
of this county.
J. W. Perry was born in Tallapoosa county,
Alabama, January 11, 1840, and came with
his parents to Texas when ten years of age.
At the opening of the late war he enlisted in
Company D, Twelfth Texas cavalry, under
Colonel Parsons, and first served in Texas.
He went thence to Arkansas, took part in the
battles of Searcy's Lane, Cotton Plant and
Langee river, and then participated in the
following battles in Louisiana: Mansfield,
Pleasant Hill and Yellow Bayou. At the
latter pla,:e he was wounded in the right
knee, and, after spending a short time in the
hospital, returned home on a furlough. Ile
afterward rejoined his company, but did not
participate in any battles, and they disbanded
in Falls county, Texas. After the close of
hostilities, Mr. Perry followed agricultural
pursuits in 13astrop county five years, and
then caine to Wiliamnson county. HIe settled
on Bear creek, where he remained for
three years, and he then bought his present
farm of 585 acres, on the North Gabriel, seventeen
miles northwest of Georgetown, 280
acres being cultivated.
Mr. Perry was married in Williamson
county, March 24, 1861, to Margaret Copeland,
who was born in Overton county, Tennessee,
June 1, 1844, a daughter of Jefferson
H18TOR Y OF TEXAS.
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