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engaged extensively in the stock business,
and has been for a number of years, buying,
feeding and marketing, from 800 to 1,500
head of cattle annually. Ile is a stockholder
in the oil mill at Rockdale, and is always
ready to invest his money in any local enterprise
that promises legitimate private returns
or permanent public good. Thle educational,
religious and moral interests of the conmmunity
find in him a particularly warm supporter,
it being well understood that his name
stands pledged at all times for the maintenance
of these. He and( his brothers, Thomas
H. and George S., have donated the land and
erected a school building in their neighborhood,
where a good school is conducted nine
months in theyear. He also gave to the Methodist
Church, of which he is a zealous member,
ten acres of land, on which he erected
sheds and other equipments necessary for
holding meetings, and where meetings are
held for several weeks in each year, resulting
in much good to the people of that vicinity.
As stated above, Mr. Graves married in
1871, the lady on whom his choice fell for a
companion being Miss Alice Shinault, a
daughter of J. L. and Penelope W. Shinault,
of Mississippi, in which State Mrs. Graves
was born February 26, 1853, and there reared.
Her father died in that State in 1855, and
her widowed mother moved to Texas in 1871,
settling in Milam county, where she died in
1878. Mr. and Mrs Graves have had born
to them four children, as follows: Preston S.,
born October 10, 1872; Fred H., born April
8, 1884; Rufus W., born August 6, 1886;
and Alice E., born July 18,1891. He and his
wife are members of the Methodist Church,
and he affiliates in politics with the Democratic
Mr. Graves has been remarkably successf ul1
'in thle last fifteen or twenty years. He came
out of the war without a dollar, and having
entered it before he lhad received even the rudiments
of an education, his start was ,nade
under the most adverse circumstances. lie
has succeeded by merit, by industry, economy
Mr. Graves' ancestral history will be found
in the sketch of his brother, Thonias II.,
which appears elsewhere in this volume.
r APTAIN JAMES A. RP-MSEY, a
farmer of Williamson county, was born
in Preston county, West Virginia, September
7, 1834, a son of George and Eliza
betll (Sterling) Rumsey. The paternal grandlfathter
of our subject, James Rumsey, was
born in Ireland, but came to America when
a young man, locating at Shepherdstown,
Virginia. George Rumnsey was born in that
city, studied medicine under Dr. 3McLane, and
was a physician and local Methodist Episcopal
minister for sixty years. Ile moved to
Goshen, Indiana, in 1834, where he was a
leading politician; in 1848 removed to Arkansas,
and in 1851 came to Williamson
county, Texa,, where he was the pioneer physician.
His death occurred in June, 1889,
at the age of eighty-tour years. His wife
departed this life many years before that
time. They were the parents of six children,
viz.: W. M, deceased in Caldwell
county, Texas; Joseph A., a merchant of
Middleport, Ohio; Mary, deceased in Robertson
county, Texas, was the wife of James
Rice, a Methodist minister; James A., our
subject; A. M., a farmer and florist of Austin;
and Elizabeth, wife of Dr. John McCarty,
of Burnet county, Texas.
James A. Rumsey, the subject of this
sketch, came to Texas in 1853, locating near
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