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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 535
Peace for a. number of years. He moved to
Florida when John T. was a lad of six years,
and there spent the residue of his life and
there died, his death occurring in 1888. He
served all through the late war, as Sergeant
of his company, the last two years being
Torpedo Sergeant on St. John's river. Ile
was with the Fifth Cavalry, General Scott's
command. John T. is the oldest of seven
children. Two of his brothers came to Texas,
but subsequently returned, he being now the
only one of the family in this State.
Mr. Spradly married Miss Amanda West,
who was born in Georgia, January 2, 1860,
daughter of William West, of South Carolina,
who died in Georgia in 1873, his wife
dying the same year. By trade Mr. West
was a millwright, but later in lite was engaged
in farming. Mr. and Mrs. Spradly
have four children, namely: Maggie B., born
May 6, 1880; Georgia L., May 26, 1882;
John H., January 19, 1884; and Ruth, April
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and in politics votes with the Democratic
party. Mrs. Spradly is a mejnber of the
OBERT U. PORTER.--The origin of
families, like the origin of races and
even of States, is usually obscure.
</ Even with the aid of print the genealogical
connection of but few men has been
preserved in anything like authentic form.
The genesis of most families begins with
some prominent character, usually a civil or
military leader, beyond whom all is dim and
The Porter family in America is a large
one, and is doubtless of English origin.
The immediate antecedents of Rolert IT.
Porter of this article have been traced back
only to Virginia. It is known that his
paternal grandfather, Williamn Porter, vwas a
resident of Virginia most of his life, if indeed
lie was not a native of that State. Ile
was a young mnan, or at least not past middle
life, when the American colonies rebelled
against the mother country. Like many
other patriotic sons of those days, he early
pledged his life, his fortune and his saeredl
honor for the maintenance of individual
liberty. He entered the Continental army
from Virginia and remained in it till the
close of the struggle, rising to the position
of Colonel and acquitting himself presumably
with credit. Then, when the great war
was over and the colonists began to settle
down to the enjoyment of their dearly-won
liberties, he moved, in the days of Daniel
Boone, to the frontier regions of Kentucky,
where he took tip his residence in one of the
numerous settlements started about that time.
There he passed the remainder of his life,
helping to subdue the savages of the forest
and laty deep the foundation of that great
commonwealth. Many of his descendants
still live in that State, where they have risen
to distinction both in its civil and military
history. He had seven sons: Elisha, Oliver,
William, Virgil, Benjamin, John W. and
Beverly,--the last two of whom became
early settlers of Texas and here helped to
solve the same problems with which the
father had been concerned in the older
States. Beverly came to Texas in 1827 and
cast his lot with one of the coast colonies,
where he was located when the battle of
Velasco occurred, June 25, 1832. In this
battle he took part, being one of the 112
men who volunteered to take the Mexican
fort at that place. He never lived to take
HIS TOR Y OF 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/m1/578/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .