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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
He was married in 1884, to Miss Mary
Wilkes, a native of Winchester, Fayette
county, Texas, and a daughter of James E.
and Martha (Davis) Wilkes, natives of Tennessee.
Both families are among the early
settlers of Fayette county. James Wilkes i
was a farmer and gin owner and accumulated
quite a competency. D during the late war he
served as a non-commissioned officer in his
company. His death occurred in 1878 and
his wife still resides at the old homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes had six children: James,
a resident of Winchester, Texas; Mary, wife
of ourt subject; William, of Flatonia, Fayette
county; Horace, deceased; Mattie; and two
deceased unmarried. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols
have had five children: Wilkes, Garth, Louise,
Leon and Bessie. Mrs. Nichols is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our
subject affiliates with the K. of P., Sinithville
Lodge, No. 92.
G7 A. D. CLAMP, one of the oldest citizens
of Georgetown, Williamson
county. Texas, was born in the city of
Thorn, Prussia, March 1, 1827. He was the
son of John and Elizabeth Clamp. His life,
until he was eighteen years old, was spent at
home, his education being obtained from the
academy in his native city. He was nineteen
years of age when he left his father's house
to come to this far distant country, America.
The trip was made it a sail-vessel, and they
were on the water 120 days. Mr. Clamp
landed in Galveston and spent two years
there, being one of the yellow-fever sufferers
in that dreadful scourge in the latter part of
1849. From Galveston he went to Houston,
but not liking the place, went on to Austin
county, on the Brazos, where he worked as
contractor and builder. It was here he met
Miss Asenath Davis, whose native State was
Georgia, but whose parents came to Texas
when it was a republic. Mr. Clamnp and
Miss Davis were married April 18, 1850. In
October 1851 they came to Georgetown,
Williamson county, where until 1863, Mr.
Clamp found a good opening for building, for
there were less than a dozen houses, one blacksmith
shop, one clhurh, two stores and two
places where whiskey could be purchased.
Mr. Clamp opened a carpenter's shop, making
furniture, spinning wheels and looms as well
as doors, sash and blinds; where Georgetown
now stands was almost a wilderness, and many
times Mr. Clamp stood in his house door aaid
heard wild turkeys fly up to roost, and before
breakfast next morning would have enough
turkey to supply the town for the day. Deer,
bear and panther were easily found and the
whoop of the Indian was heard in the cedarbrake
above town, and they would often
swoop down and capture a pony or two, then
retreat in good order.
In 1859 a mountain lion was killed within
what is now the corporate limits of George.
town. Mr. Clamp has killed a panther weighing
over 500 pounds, and also killed a medium
sized panther near Georgetown as late as
1870; at one time he was chased by nine
Havelinas, and after killing the leader,
dropped his gun and was obliged to scramble
up a tree, where he was kept four hours.
The District Court was held under the
shade of a grand old live-oak tree, which
stood until three years ago. Mr. Clamp,
among other pioneers found out what hard
times really were, for at one time for several
weeks he only had corn-bread mixed up with
cold water, and wild onions to eat. Their
next door neighbor was the first to bring a
dollar's worth of flour from Austin, and mix
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