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534 HISTORY OK TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
obliged to lead him on his way home when
it became dark. After his return he was
first employed as manager of a farm on the
Brazos river, and in 1868 he bought a small
tract of land. In 1871 Mr. Jackson sold his
land and came to Williamson county, and
subsequently bought 640 acres of his present
farm. A short time ago lie bought a farm
near Nolansville, Bell county, for which he
paid $3,300, and he now owns 1,876 acres,
all under fence, and 600 acres cultivated.
His place is well improved, has two good
barns, a fine residence, eight tenement
houses, etc. In 1889 Mr. Jackson embarked
in the mercantile business, under the firm
name of Jackson, Morris & Co., but in 1892
this business was discontinued. He has held
tile office of Postmaster of Corn Hill since
1891; is a stock-holder in the Southern Mercury
and the Temple Forum, both leading
Alliance papers, and is one-third owner of
the Texas Advance, the State organ of the
People's party. Our subject assisted in organizing
that society in this State, has attended
all the national meetings since that
time, and was a delegate to the national convention
at Omaha, which organized the People's
party. He was nominated for the
legislature, receiving 2,760 votes, and his
opponent only 2,706 votes, but 126 of the
former's votes were cast for the seventysecond
district, and his district is the seventyfirst--an
error of the printer. They are now
contesting the election. Mr. Jackson affiliates
with the People's party.
In 1868 lie was united in marriage to
Miss Amanda Renshaw, a daughter of John
Renshaw, who is a native of Mississippi, but
who located in southern Texas in 1850. To
this union have been born thirteen children,
namely: Ethel, wife of William /Sprenil, a
farmer of Williamson county; Johnie, a
merchant of Corn Hill; Ida, Gilbert, Rufus,
Syrus, Susanna, Jeremiah, Terrell, Jeff
Davis, Amanda, Columbus S. and James B.
Weaver, at home. Socially, Mr. Jackson is
a member of the I. . 0. F., and his wife is
a member of the Methodist Church.
JOHN T. SPRADLY, a well-known citi*
zen of Burleson county, Texas, was born
in Georgia, June 1, 1850. He was
reared on a farm and remained a member of
the home circle for several years after reaching
his majority until, in December, 1876,
he married and settled on a rented farm. In
1879, leaving his wife in Georgia, he came
to Texas, landing at Hearne, and from there
coming to his present locality on foot, arriving
here without means. He rented land
and a team and at once went to work to put
in a crop. His seed corn he borrowed. Subsequently
his wife joined him, and together
they began life in pioneer Texas style. Mr.
Spradly's honest toil and judicious management
have been rewarded with success. In
1883 lie bought 100 acres of improved land,
seventy-five acres of which were under cultivation,
and now has it all cultivated. In
1886 he purchased a gin at Frameville, and
soon afterward bought a residence and six
acres of land adjoining the gin property.
After running the gin five years he sold out
and turned his attention to the cattle business.
Recently he has disposed of his cattle
interests, his whole time now being given to
looking after his land and tenants. Besides
the farm above referred to, he also operates
land which he has leased.
Mr. Spradly is the son of A. R. and
Georgia (Harris) Spradly, natives of Georgia.
A. R. Spradly served as a Justice of the
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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/m1/576/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .