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562 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
the day of his death. He belonged to the
Baptist Church, with which he was connected
for many years. His widow died March 14,
1883, at the age of fifty-eight, the same day
on which her mother died, the latter at the
age of one hundred. The children of David
and Delia Parkhill were: Emma L., who was
born January 15, 1844, was married to J.
W. Farmer and died in Burleson county in
1877; Eli S., born November 9, 1845, now
a resident of Caldwell; Albert, born November
21, 1849, now living in Llano county;
Truman W., of this article; Edward F., born
July 17, 1855, now deceased; Alice M., born
May 25, 1857, was married to C. R. Porter
and resides in Llano county; Nina, born October
2, 1859, was married to J. J. McMillan
and is now deceased; and George H., who was
born March 21, 1861, and is now deceased.
Truman W. Parkhill was born in Burleson
county, Texas, December 12, 1852. He
was reared here, having been brought up on
the farm. On the thirty-first day of December,
1874, he married Miss Cornelia Houston,
a daughter of T. J. Houston, an old settler
of Burleson county, Mrs. Parkhill having
been born in this county. She died March
13, 1877, and on May 26, 1881, Mr. Parkhill
married Miss Sallie Burns, then of Lee
county, and a daughter of William and Anna
Burns, who moved to this State from Arkansas
about 1865. The present Mrs. Parkhill
was born in Columbia county, Arkansas,
where her people were for several years residents.
Her mother's maiden name was Warren,
and she was a member of a prominent
family of Arkansas, being a sister of Edward
A. Warren, who was a Congressman for many
years from that State, and a sister of B. W.
M. Warren, who was in the State Senate
several years in Arkansas. Mrs. Par ill's
family moved from Mississippi to Arkansas.
Her father was born in Bedford county, Tennessee,
and her mother in Greene county,
Alabama. They were married in Salem,
Tippah county, Mississippi, in 1842, and in
1850 moved to Arkansas, settling in Columbia
county, and resided in that State-mostly
in Camden-until their removal to Texas
fifteen years later. Mrs. Parkhill is one of
seven children born to her parents, the others
being Edward Burns, the present Assessor
of Lee county, this State; William J., who
is now deceased; Lavenia, wife of William
Doak, of Lexington, Lee county, Texas; Mint,
who was married to Charles Davis and is
now deceased; Mary, who was married to
Abe Mathis and resides in Bell county; and
Jennie, who died at the age of' sixteen.
By his former marriage Mr. Parkhill had
one child, a daughter, Nellie. By his last
marriage he has three: Annie Mabel, Jack
and Lawrence Lee.
Mr. Parkhill resides on the old homestead,
where, with the exception of one year, he has
spent his entire life. Agriculture and stockraising
have formed his chief pursuits in life,
in both of which he has met with reasonable
success. He owns a farm of about 350 acres,
one-third of which is in cultivation. He
takes but little active interest in politics, and
has never held any public office.
J A MES M. DENSON, a merchant of
Granger, was born in Rankin county,
Mississippi, April 18, 1837, a son of T.
C. and Elizabeth (Davis) Denson, natives of
Alabama. T. C. Denson was a son of Nathaniel
Denson, a native also of Alabama. The
former subsequently moved to Tennessee,
later to Mississippi, and in 1854 came to
Williamson county, Texas, having practiced
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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/m1/606/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .