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 Page: 541
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
and Eva. Our subject and wife are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The
former also affiliates with the A. F. & A. I.,
Solomon Lodge, No. 434, witll K. of H., No.
1,451, with the L. of H., all of this city; with
Colorado Commandery, No. 8, of Austin, and
with tile R. A. MA., of Taylor.
OHN C. CRUNK.--Milaim county has
1 I many men whose services in behalf of
s the public entitle them to the grateful
remembrance of her people, and one of
these is the subject of this notice. Mr.
Crunk has been a resident of the county for
twenty-five years, a considerable portion of
which time has been spent in the service of
his fellow-citizens, in one official capacity and
another; and, whether in office or out, he has
always labored with a willing hand and an
earnest heart for the people of his adopted
county, doing a vast amount of work of a
public kind for which there was no statutory
salary, and much also for which the stipulated
pay was no adequate compensation. While
the public profits from the labors of such
men, their names too frequently fade from
memory and are no more. Possibly this
brief biographical notice will perpetuate a
name well worthyof perpetuation in this connection.
Mr. Crunk is a native Texan, having been
born in what is now Burleson county, then
part of Milam Land district, February 9,
1842. His parents were Nicholas S. and
Emaline (Rice) Crunk, the father being a
native of Tennessee and the mother a native
of Alabama. The father came to Texas in
1833. He served in the war by which Texas
won its independence, being present at and
taking part in the battle of San Jacinto. He
married and settled in what was afterward
Brleson county, where lie spent trle reniainder
of his life, dying March 9, 18.5'2.
The mother, Emaline Rice, was a daughter
*of Laban Rice, who moved to Texas about
1835 and died here at a later date. After tlhe
death of her husband she married E. Ridgeway.
She died in 1865. Six children were
born to her and hler first husband, five of
whomn became grown, these in the order of
their ages being: John C., the subject of this
notice; Levine, now the wife of R. G. roadd us,
of Caldwell, Burleson county; Ophelia, tlhe
wife of B. G. Evans, of Alvin, Texas; Richard
who died in AMilam county in 1868, leaving
a widow and one child; and Virginia,
who was married to James Schaffer, of Milamn
county, and died in 1875.
John C. Crunk was reared in Burleson
county, where he received a meager education.
In 1861 he entered the Confederate
army, enlisting for twelve months in Company
E, McCulloch's regiment of mounted
rifles, with whom he served on the Texas
frontier until the expiration of his termn of
enlistment, when he entered Company A,
Seventeenth Texas Infantry, with which
command he served in Arkansas and Louisiana
until the close of the war. He was
wounded in the engagement of Milliken's
Bend and was for a time disabled from service,
but remained in the field, and received
his discharge at Hempstead, this State, in
May, 1865. At the close of the war he went
to Bell county and engaged for two years in
the stock business, after which he settled at
Davilla, Milam county, where for three years
he filled the offices of Constable and Deputy
Sheriff. He was then elected Justice of the
Peace and ex (ftcio County Commissioner,
which office he held for four years, when the
offices were separated, and he continued to
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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/m1/584/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .