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542 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
hold the justice's office for thirteen )ears peaceful agricultural life on the farm and
longer. For eight years during this time attendance on the mill. He enlisted in 1862
Mr. Crunk was also Postmaster at Davilla. in Company C, Sixty-third Virginia Infantry,
In the meantime he engaged in warning and the Colonel being Rev. McMahon, a Presbymerchandising,
still owning a farm of 200 terian minister. His first engagement with
acres, 125 acres of which is in cultivation, the enemy was at Red Sulphur, his command
and considerable property in the town of being under General Lee, in the North VirDavilla,
most of which represents his own ginia army. They wintered in Richmond
labor. during 1862 and 1863, and then went to
On June 8, 1865, Mr. Cruink married Miss Washington Salt Works, where they just
Sallie A. Johnston, a daughter of Judge arrived in time to save the works from the
Thomas Johnston, of Burleson county. Mrs. flames. Here the Doctor took sick, went to
Crunk is a native of Mississippi, born in the hospital, where he remained four months
Woodville, Wilkerson county. Mr. and Mrs. with camp fever, which he had contracted by
Chunk have had no children born to them, exposure. Upon recovery he returned to his
but have raised an adopted son, W. B. Elliott, command at the salt works. His sickness
whom they have educated and provided well had caused the loss of his voice, which renfor.
Both are members of the Methodist dered him unfit for service in the powder and
Church, and Mr. Crunk belongs to the Ma- bullet department of the army, and he was
sonic fraternity, being a Democrat in politics given a position as buyer of supplies for the
and a staunch supporter of the principles of army. This position he filled for one year,
his party. when he was transferred and held the same
D R. W. R. SIMCOCK, dentist, of Austin,
Texas, was born in Grayson county,
Virginia, February 9, 1838. He was
a son of Joel and Sallie (Perry) Simcock,
natives of Virginia and North Carolina respectively.
The father was a farmer and
millwright, and his birth occurred March
11, 1810. His wife was born in 1815, and
departed this life in 1890. Both of these
parents were consistent members of the Baptist
Church, their lives and influence as Christians
having a salutary influence in the neighborhood.
The maternal grandparents were
Perry and Polly (Hall) Perry.
Our subject is the second in a family of
fourteen children. His first business was his
position in General Johnston's army. Later
he was sent to the medical department of the
same army and had an extensive experience
in surgery, having amputated many limbs,
and also attended to the dentistry of the soldiers.
He commenced the study of dentistry
with Dr. H. M. Compton, in the army, and
he continued in this department until the
close of the war. This gave him an unusually
good practice; and an experience which has
been of the greatest value, and perhaps accounts
in a measure for the wonderful skill
in his chosen profession. In many fierce
engagements he took his part in the ranks
and showed his devotion and bravery as a
After the war closed, our subject returned
to the farm in Virginia, engaging there for
a time in farming, later in iron-making; but
in 1870, seeing an opening farther west, he
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