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: 550
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550 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
served with the command on the southwest
frontier of Texas during the remainder of the
war. Returning home he took up agricultural
pursuits which he has followed steadily
and successfully since. He owns a farm of
somewhat over 200 acres, most of which is
in cultivation, and furnished with suitable
improvements necessary for carrying on
pleasantly and profitably the business of
farming and stock-raising.
In 1859 Mr. Ragsdale married Miss Elizabeth
Harris, a daughter of Reuben and Dacey
(Mynatt) Harris,who moved from Tennessee to
Texas in 1844, but after a year's residence returned
to Tennessee, where they died in January,
1858. Mrs. Ragsdale is a native of
Tennessee, born July 2, 1841. She in one of
eight children and came to Texas in company
with an older brother in 1858. Mr. and Mrs.
Ragsdale have never had any children, but an
adopted daughter, Maud A. Harris, a niece
of Mr. Ragsdale, has been a member of their
household since infanc.y and in all things is
as near to them as a daughter could be. Mr.
Ragsdale is a member of the Presbyterian
Church and his wife is a member of the Missionary
;D; fD. THOMSON, a farmer of Williamson
county, is a son of W. D. and
Permelia Ann Thomson. The family
are of Scotch descent, and located in Georgia
in a very early day. The grandfather of our
sketch, Alexander Thomson, moved in the
early part of the present century, to Giles
county, Tennessee, where he was one of the
early pioneers. He subsequently came to
Texas, with what was then known as Robertson's
Colony, located a headright ii what is
now Burleson county, and remained there nn
til his death. He was one of the founders of
Methodism in Texas. The father of tnr subject
was born and raised in Tennessee, was
married in Maury county, that State, in
1831, to Permelia A. Evans, and came to
Texas, and enlisted in the cause of the new Republic
of Texas, joining Samuel Houston's
army, and serving as Quartermaster. Mr.
Thomson brought his family to this State in
1838, locating at old Nashville, Milam
county, and remained there thirty years.
During that time he represented his county
in the Legislature, and also held many county
offices. He died at the old homestead in
Burleson county, in 1866; the mother dpparted
this life in 1889. They were the
parents of seven children; Alexander C., of
Santa Anna, Texas; Daniel D., our subject;
Roxanna, wife of Colonel J. G. Gordon, of
Williamson county; J. Mack, of Belton,
Texas; Bettie J., wife of John 0. Johnson,
of Austin; Lucinda L., yet unmarried; and
Fremont K., of Clebtlrne, Texas.
1). D. Thomson, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Maury county, Tennessee, June
2, 1834, and came with his parents to Texas
at the age of three years. He remained in
Milam county until the close of the late war;
lived several years in Bosque county, and in
1875 came to his present location- He owns
450 acres of good land, all under fence, and
200 acres of which is cultivated. Politically
Mr. Thomson votes with the Detnocratic
party, and religiously is a steward and an
active worker in the Methodist Church.
In Burleson county, October 25, 1859, he
was united in marriage to Mary J. Easeley.
They had five children; Annie C., wife of
W. A. Rutledge, of Williamson county, DeWitt
D., of Stephens county, Texas; Edgar
E., of this county; Bettie A., wife of L. L.
Tomlinson, of Williamson county, and Mollie,
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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/m1/594/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .