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business, milling and merchandising, and
has" also served as Postmaster of Gabriel
Mills since the establishment of that office.
In his political relations lie affiliates with
the Democratic party.
Mr. Brizendine was married in Williamson
county, November 2, 1865, to Texanna
McKenzie, a native of Louisiana, who came
to this county from Red River county,
Texas, at the age of twelve years. She is a
relative of Rev. McKenzie, who was at the
head of an educational institution in Red
River county. Our subject and wife have
had twelve children, ten now living-William
Ella and John Etta, twins, the former
the wife of A. J. Root, of Temple, Texas,
and the latter the wife of J. P. Baker, of
Gabriel Mills; A. C., also of that city; and
Lawson M., Woodford L., Harod, Maud,
Edxvard, Robbie and Edith, at home.
T IM. HOUGHTON, a prominent farmer
of Williamson county, is a son of W.
M. S. and Mary F. (Doney) Houghton,
of Scotch-Irish descent. The paternal
family caine to this country before the Revolutionary
war, in which the great-grandfather
of our subject was a soldier. He is
said to have been wounded in the side by a
band of Tories, but succeeded in escaping,
having hid in a thicket and staunched the
wound with a silk handkerchief. He lived
many years afterward. The grandfather,
Lucius L., was a merchant of Sumter county,
Georgia, for many years and died in Liverpool,
England, while there to buy goods. W.
M. S. Houghton, the father of our subject,
was born in Sumter county, Georgia, February
28, 1800; was reared to manhood here;
was engaged in the mercantile business in
different towns in Georgia for twenty-five
years; in 1846 located on a farm in Titus
county, Texas, and in 1863 came to Florence,
Williamson county, where he died in
1868. He was a member of the Legislature
in both Georgia and Texas, and, although
not a public speaker, was a good writer of
articles on State questions. Hr. Houghton
was not a member of any church. He -was
first married to a Miss Mayo, and they had
two children, both now deceased. In 1840,
in Dooly county, Georgia, he married Mary
F. Doney. They were the parents of seven
children, viz.: Theodore M., the subject of
this sketch; Ann L., wife of James F. Robinson,
of Williamson county; Laura A., wife
of Jones Webb, of Runnels county, Texas;
Pamelia H., now Mrs. J. J. Robinson, and a
resident of Georgetown; Dora D., wife of
William Smith, of Jones county, this State;
John H., of Austin; and Fannie O., wife of
William Pfaeffle, of Fort Worth, Texas. The
wife and mother died in 1860, and the
father afterward married Mary Standifer.
They had two children.
T. M. Houghton, our subject, was born in
Sumter county, Georgia, March 11, 1844.
In 1862 he left school in Titus county to
enlist in the late war, entering Company D.,
Eleventh Texas Infantry, served three years
in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and
took part in 'the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant
Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry. After the
close of hostilities he returned to his father's
home in Williamson county, Texas, and
shortly afterward located in the same neighborhood
on his present farm, consisting of
204 acres, with fifty acres under cultivation.
He is independent in his political views, but
votes principally with the DemocratiWarty.
Mr. Houghton was married in this county,
June 23, 1867, to Anna E. Rutledge, a
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