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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
now Mrs. W. P. Wales, and a resident also
of this county. The wife and mother died
in Burleson county, May 19, 1871. September
30, 1875, in Williamson county, Mr.
Thomson married Mollie C. King. They
have had seven children; Lamar, Ora K.,
James I)., Lillian May, W. A., J. M. and
~^T OBERT J. PRICE, a farmer and stockraiser
of Bastrop county, was born inl
Marion county, Alabama, in 1832, a
son of Robert J. and Annie (Moore)
Price, natives of Virginia and Alabama, respectively.
The parents were married in the
latter State. The father was a minister in the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and both he and
his wife died when our subject was small,
leaving four children: Robert J.; MIary, who
died in Mississippi, was the wife of William
Hodges; Abigail, also deceased in that State,
married Moses Hodges; Martha, who died in
Bastrop county, Texas, was the wife of Miller
Robert J. Price, the subject of this sketch,
received a limited education, and in 1850
came to Bastrop county, Texas. He came
with an uncle, T. C. Moore, locating in this
city, where he was employed as clerk in a drygoods
store three months, receiving $20 per
month and board. He was next engaged as
a farm hand, and in 1854 purchased 400 acres
of land on Cedar creek, eight miles south of
Bastrop, one-half of which tract was timber
land and the remainder prairie. Mr. Price's
son put the latter under cultivation. He also
owned a number of slaves, and, in company
with Major Moore, now deceased, was the
first to import Durham cattle to this county,
in 1857. In 1859 he brought the first Berk85
shire and Poland-China logs to Bastrop
county. After the close of tlhe war Messrs.
Price & Moore became tlhe largest ilmporters
of cattle in this county. Mr. Price was itmuch
in favor of secession, and at the call for
troops enlisted in Company L, Eighth Texas
Regiment, under Colonel Terry. After the
first battle of Corinth lie entered the Tennessee
army, where lie was engaged only iin
heavy skirmishing, the principal one being at
Blair's Landing, at Winchester, Tennessee.
Mr. Prince was discharged in the fall of 1862,
returned home, and in the same fall joined
Company A, Thirty-second Texas Cavalry,
under Colonel Woods. Lie afterward served
in the Trans-Mississippi Department, at.-J
took part in all the battles from Blair's Landing
to Yellow bayou, participating in thirtytwo
engagements. lie was discharged at
Hounton, May 15, 1865.
After returning home, Mr. Price resumed
farming and stock-raising, and remained on
his farm until 1890, when he purchased a
place and moved to Bastrop. In the same
year he traded his farm to his son, Robert
E., for one on the Colorado river, consisting
of 264 acres, with 250 acres under cultivation.
M r. Price is still interested in the
stock business, and at present is engaged in
breeding Holstein and Durham cattle. In
company with his son, Robert E., he was the
first to import to this county Holstein cattle,
of which he now owns about thirty-five head.
In 1876 Mr. Price received the Democratic
nomination for Representative of Bastrop and
Fayette counties iin the Fourteenth Legislature
of Texas, and Governors Coke and Hubbard
were the chief executors of the State at
that time. That was the first Legislature
after reconstruction. Since his retirement
from that position, in 1878, he has never
sought political preferment, but in 1880 was
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