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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
where he now lives, and the family were the
first to locate in this neighborhood. He was
first employed on the State capitol buildings
at Austin seven months, after which he engaged
in farming and stock-raising in this
county. His father had the first and largest
farm in the Salado valley, 100 acres of which
was cultivated, and our subject remained on
that place until the opening of the late war.
In 1861 he entered the first enrolled company
of State troops for drill purpose, of which lihe
was elected Captain, but in 1862 resigned
that position and enlisted as a private in
Company A, Thirtieth Texas Cavalry, and
served the two last years of the war as Brevet
Captain of that company. Mr. Rumsey was
a member of the Trans-Mississippi Department,
served in Arkansas and the Indian
Territory, was in many hard-fought battles,
and was never absent from duty. At the
close of the struggle the regiment had fallen
back to Robertson county, where they disbanded.
Mr. Rumsey still resides on a portion
of the same tract on which he first settled,
and now owns about 500 acres, 260
acres of which is cultivated. He has four
tenement houses on his place, and is engaged
in general farming. Since residing in Williamson
county, our subject has followed carpentering,
and has also done most of the surveying
in this part of the country for the
past eighteen years. He has always taken
a leading part in Democratic politics, and in
1878 was elected a member of the sixteenth
Legislature. During his term in that position
he was appointed one of the committee
on buildings and grounds, and assisted in
forming the plans for the new capitol. He
has also held many other offices.
Mr. Rumsey was married August 5, 1855,
to Miss Jane Berry, who was born in/Burleson
county, Texas, October 22, &839, a
daughter of John Berry, a native of Kentucky,
a soldier in the Black Hawk war,
who settled in this State before the Texas
revolution. To this union were born ten
children, eight of whom grew to years of
maturity, viz.: Anna A., deceased, was the
wife of John Riggs, and they had four children;
Mary E., who was first married to
William Biles, and they have one living
child, and she is now the wife of Joseph
Welch, of Enumclaw, Washington; Sally B.,
wife of John Pruitt, a farmer of Milam
county; Fanny A. the next in order of birth;
Lethia A., wife of James Blackwell, a farmer
of Milam county; George E., engaged in
agricultural pursuits in this county; Emza, a
farmer of Milamn county; and John, at home.
The wife and mother died in 1883, having
been a consistent member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. In October, 1887, Mr.
Rumsey married Mrs. Huldah E. White, a
native of Tennessee, but reared in Louisiana.
She has one daughter by her former marriage,
who is now the wife of J. J. Hair.
Mrs. Rumsey is a daughter of William
Baker, a native of Tennessee. Socially, Mr.
Rumsey affiliates with the Masonic order,
and religiously both he and his wife are
members of the Methodist Church.
-' OBERT H. HICKS.-The subject of
sketch is the junior member of the
firm of Scarbrough & Hicks, merchants
of Rockdale and Austin. Mr.
Hicks is a native Texan. His parents, A.
W. and F. M. Hicks, came to Texas in 1845
and settled in Lavaca county, where Robert
H. was born and reared. His boyhood was
passed on the farm and ranch and was occupied
with labors and sports suitable to hir
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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/m1/613/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .