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: 556
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536 HIISTORY OF TEXAS.
his wife in California and married a second
tirte in this state, he returned here and took
up his residence permanently in Milam
county in January 1873. HIle continued a
resident of this county from that time until
his death, which occurred June 14, 1886.
He led an active life throughout his whole
career and accumulated a considerable
amount of property. He was engaged mostly
in live-stock business and in trading in lands.
At his death he left an estate consisting of
about 5,000 acres of land and considerable
personal property, and this after having
made provision for his children. He was
a liberal and cheerful contributor to all
charitable purposes, making his life so far
as it lay in his power to do so, an acceptable
fulfillment of the golden rule. He left
surviving himn a widow and four sons, two
of the sons being by his first wife, and two
by the last.
Mrs. Mildred M. Fowler, second wife of
Thompson F. Fowler, was born in Fayette
county this State October 30, 1847, and is a
daughter of Abner and Maria Kuykendall,
who moved to Texas in 1831. Her father
was born in Tennessee in 1807, and her
mother in Kentucky in 1811. They were
among the early settlers in this State, and
belonged to the wealthy and cultured class
of citizens composed of slave owners and
planters in ante-bellum days. They moved
from Fayette to Bell county, where the
father was for some years engaged in milling
and merchandising. He died in Johnson
county in 1867, aged sixty years. His widow
survived until June 1892, reaching the ripe
age of eighty-one. Both were life-long
members of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church of which organization they were
pioneers in Texas. For many year before
her death the mother made her home with
her daughter, Mrs. Fowler, where she received
the care and attention due her.
Since her husband's death Mrs. Fowler has
has had the control of his estate consisting
of several thousand acres of land nearly a
thousand of which is under cultivation. She
farms largely by tenants, for whom she has
made ample provision in the way of cornfortable
buildings and with whom she gets
along pleasantly, and succeeds financially far
better than the average man. Her two sons,
Eugene G., born September 12, 1870, and
Thompson E., born July 11, 1874, remain
with her, and render her dutiful service. Mr.
Fowler's two sons by his first wife, the elder
Charles L., born April 6, 1860, being a
merchant at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and
Wiley, born October 5, 1863, living in
Mrs. Fowler was reared in the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, having been an
active member of that church for many
- _.0 3.T_ ..HOMAS
H. GRAVES.-The true
heroes of America are those who, from
time to time, have left the comforts of
civilized life and planted the seeds of
new States deep in the wilderness. Of this
number were Dr. John H. Graves and wife,
who were for many years residents of Milam
county and who though now deceased have
left lasting monuments to their memory in
the lives and character of their descendants.
They had six children, five of whom became
grown and four of whom are now citizens of
this county, sketches of three of them appearing
in this volume. Dr. Graves and wife
were natives of North Carolina, where they
were born now nearly a century ago. They
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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/m1/600/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .