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IISTORY OF TEXAS.
mother, who came to Texas in 1855, and died
a few months later, at the age of ninety-five
years. Her husband, the paternal grandfather
of our subject, served in the Revolutionary
war. Aaron Robbins followed farming
during his life, accumulated a good estate,
and his death occurred April 20, 1866. His
wife died in August, 1864. Mr. and Mrs.
Robbins were the parents of five children,
viz.: Sarah, who came to Texas. and married
Robert Robbins, a distant relative, but both
are now deceased; Aaron, our subject; Nancy,
deceased, who was the wife of John Foster;
and Richard, a retired farmer of Granger.
Aaron R. Robbins learned the trade of
wheelwright at the age of seventeen years,
and in 1849 le came to Williamson county,
Texas, living the first year at Georgetown.
He spent the following year in Arkansas but
in 1852 came again to this county, where he
has ever since remained. He first purchased
160 acres of raw land, and at once began its
improvement and stock-raising. In the
spring of 1863 Mr. Robbins entered the Confederate
army, in Company K, Captain Reefs
company, Stermin's regiment, served in Arkansas,
and the first year was detailed for
repairing and doing wagon work. He then
returned home on a furlough, later rejoined
his command, and engaged in field service
under Captain Smn'ith. He took part in many
skirmishes, and, although his horse was shot
while under him, he was never wounded or
captured. After the close of the struggle
our subject resumed farming and stockraising.
November 15, 1849, he was united in marriage
to Miss Susan Hanna,'a daughter of
James Hanna, a native Arkansas, but who
died in Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Robbins had
six children, viz.: Mary, wife of Johb ardiner,
a farmer of Coryell county; Jambs II., a
farmer of Williamson county; Easter, deceased,
was the wife of D. Anderson; Henry, a schoolteacher;
Bell, wifeof J. F. Quicksall, a farmer
and school teacher of McCulloch county, Texas;
and Susan C., wife of Warren Smith, a
plumber of Waco. Mrs. Robbins died March
15, 1885. June 12, of the same year, Mr.
Robbins married Mrs. Elizabeth Burlew, a
daughter of Stephen Strickland, an early
settler of Texas, who taught the first school in
Georgetown. He died December 10, 1890.
This wife died June 28, 1888, and December
10, 1889, our subject married Mrs. Virginia
Spurlan, a daughter of William Daniels, who
caine to Texas about 1836, having been a
resident of Bastrop county. He was thrown
from a horse and killed. Mr. Robbins affiliates
with the Democratic party, and religiously
both he and his wife are members
of the Christian Church.
n' ^OBERT L. NICHOLS, one of the
B most prosperous farmers of Bastrop
county, was born in the town of
Bastrop, September 19, 1857, a son
of James R. and Josephine F. (Garth) Nichols.
Robert attended the schools of his native
place, and completed his education in
the A. & M. College, at Bryan, this State, in
his twenty-second year; After returning
home he followed for a time the carpenter's
trade, which he had learned of his father at
the age of sixteen years. In connection with
this he was also engaged in agricultural pursuits,
owning a large farm of Colorado river
bottom land, consisting of 1,400 acres, 7.50
acres of which is cultivated. Mr. Nichols is
one of the most successful and enterprising
farmers in Bastrop county, and is also engaged
in buying and selling cattle
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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/m1/608/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .