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554 1118 TORT OF TEXAS.
gaged in the sheep industry. For ten years
-e followed this successfully, when having
purchased some land he turned his attention
about 1885 to farming. He owns at this
time a splendid tract of land, consisting of
1,281 acres, most of which is devoted to
stock raising. He is an enthusiastic and
intelligent breeder of fine stock and is doing
a great deal to raise the grade and improve
the strains of stock in his locality. Mr.
Culverwell is devoted strictly to business
pursuits, never having taken any part in public
matters. He married in Milamn county on
the 20th of July, 1876, Miss Martha T.
Knight, who was born near Fairfield, Freestone
county, Texas, December 11, 1856.
She was reared an orphan and unfortunately
has come into possession of but little infor
mation relative to her parentage. Mr. and
Mrs. Culverwell are members of the Methodist
Church in which he is a Steward and
both are zealous workers. Mr. Culverwell's
course in life has been such as to commend
him in a marked manner to the esteem and
confidence of his fellow-citizens. Upright
in his dealings, generous and public-sprited,
he has exerted a good influence in the com,munity
where he lives and furthered all purposes
calculated to upbuild the moral and
religious elements of society. In this labor
lie has been encouraged by an excellent wife,
a lady of many splendid qualities of head
and heart, and one who has succeeded in
drawing around herself the best social elemnents
of the community.
JOHN M. McCLANAHAN, of Lee
county, Texas, is a son of Col nel Milton
and Dorothea (Keys) MqPlanahan.
Two brothers of this name, William and
James, came from Scotland to Botetourt
county, Virginia, ill Colonial times, and took
part in the Revolutionary war, serving six
months alternately. It was then a common
occurrence when two of a family were in service
for one to serve six months, and then return
home and the other would take his
place. William McClanahan was the greatgrandfather
of our subject. The family continued
to reside in that county until the
early part of this century, when the grandfather
of our subject, James McClanahan,
moved with his family to Blount county,
Tennessee. Milton McClanahan was born at
that place July 5, 1796, went to Alabama
when a young man, was there married, and
then located in Lawrence county. In 1846
he came to Burleson county, Texas, where he
died October 30, 1861. While in Alabama
he was a member of the Legislature from
1834 to 1846, in both the lower house and
the Senate, having resigned his seat in the
latter to come to Texas. Politically, he was
a Democrat; religiously, a member of the
Baptist Church, and was a man of good in.
fluence. He recieved his title of Colonel
for service in the State militia during the
war of 1812. The Keys family were originally
from Virginia. The grandfather of our
subject, George Keys, subsequently moved
to Georgia, where Mrs. McClanahan was
born March 14, 1802. At the age of fourteen
years she went with her parents to Tennessee,
afterward to Alabama, and was married
in Lawrence county, that State. She
died in January, 1892, at the age of .ninety
years. Mr. and Mrs. McClanahan had nine
children, six now living: Harvey, a farmer
of Lee county; J ohn M., our subject; Frances,
wife of G. W. Moore, of Milam county;
Susan, wife of F. M. Parks, of Hale county;
Martha, now Mrs. Thomas Adkins, of Lee
RISTORY F EXS
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