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HISTORY OP TEXAS.
In October of that year, when it became
known that a town would be established on
the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway,
then under construction at or near where
Lyons now stands, Mr. Barnett came to this
place and opened a stock of goods for Pampell
& Harrison, of Brenham, thus becoming
the first merchant of the town. In fact he
settled here before there was any town, the
town site not being surveyed until the December
after he located. For two years he
managed the business of his old employers,
built up a large establishment for them, and
then bought them out, and became interested
also in farming and in the cotton business,
having been for a number of years the
principal cotton-buyer of this place.
Mr. Barnett has always been regarded as
one of the representative men of Lyons, and
has taken an active interest in everything
relating to the welfare of the place. He is
well known throughout this entire section,
having for twenty-eight years handled cattle,
merchandise and cotton in the northern part
of Washington county and the southern part
of Burleson, among the people of which locality
his standing is of the best and his
ability as a business man universally recognized.
He has taken but little interest in
politics, and has never held any office. He
affiliates with the Democrats and gives an
earnest and active support to the nominees
of the party, but has never yet asked for
himself the suffrages of his fellow-citizens.
Mr. Barnett married Miss Mary Catherine
Clark at Long Point, Washington county, in
November, 1871, Mrs. Barnett being a native
of Tennessee and an orphan girl. Mr.
and Mrs. Barnett have had eleven children,
eight of whom are now living, these being
Josiah Clark, Mary Elizabeth, Be/nett
Henry, Malcom Scott, John Arthur, Winnie
Davis, Frank Roberts, and Catherine Ruth.
Mr. Barnett was made a Mason in 1869,
since which time he has taken an active
interest in the order. He also belongs to
the Knights of Pythias. The religions connection
of his antecedents was with the Presbyterian
Church, toward which he leans in
\ILLIAM H. JENKINS.-The States
of the American Union where family
influence and the potency of family
names have been most felt, are undoubtedly
Virginia and South Carolina; and from these
two States have come some of the brightest
intellects, some of the bravest and worthiest
men that have ever figured in the history of
this country. Texas which drew in her early
days from all the older communities for her
citizenship, has had to make frequent acknowledgment
to the States here named.
To South Carolina the subject of this sketch
traces his ancestry on his father's side, and to
Virginia his descent on his mother's side.
The Jenkins were among the first settlers of
South Carolina. They figured in the early
wars, and as far as is known, they were brave
soldiers and discharged their duties well.
The paternal grandfather of William H. Jenkins
and a son fell at the battle of King's
Mountain, one of the decisive engagements
of the Revolutionary period, while still others
of his progenitors, William and Henry
Robertson, were soldiers in the colonial war
for independence and fought under W.ashing%on.
His paternal grandparents, Jesse and
Nancy Jenkins, were Emong the early settlers
of Tennessee, moving there about the first
decade of this century, where the grandfather
was for many years engaged as a surveyor
and was prominent in local land matters.
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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/m1/617/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .