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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
doing duty also as a private in ranks.
When the war was over Mr. Jenkins returned
to Texas, reaching his home in Burleson
county on July 5, 1865. Accepting the
results of the war in good faith, he turned
his attention at once to the problems of peace.
His first move was to purchase a tract of 200
acres of land on the Brazos bottoms, on which
he began farming. In 1866 he married Miss
Mary R. Lipscomb, and extending his farming
operations, in which he met with good
success, lie purchased other land which he
opened to cultivation. For seventeen years
lie pursued actively and energetically his agricultural
enterprises until 1882, when he
moved to Caldwell, where a year later he engaged
in the lumber business. In 1884, his
brother Alphens G. became interested with
lhiln in this, under the firmn name of Jenkins &
Jenkins, and the business has been conducted
in their joint name since. Mr. Jenkins is
also president of the Caldwell Cottoi Oil
Mill Company, which he helped to organize
in 1890, and lhas other local interests. His
career has been that of a business man strictly;
lie never sought any office, and has held
only a few minor official preferments, such
as have been placed upon him by his fellowcitizens.
He has met with good success as a
business man, which may be attributed to
those qualities which always win under favorable
conditions: industry, economy and method.
He has made it a rule throughout life
to have but one business at a time, and to
give that close and undivided attention.
Knowing the value of promptness in discharging
one's obligations, he has endeavored to
observe a strict compliance with every promise,
whether verbal or written. HQ was made
a Mason at the age of twenty-two at Athens,
Georgia, under a dispensation fror the
Grand Lodge of Texas, and has been an active
and zealous member of the order ever since.
He is a member of the Missionary Baptist
Church, and has raised his family of five
children under church influences. These are:
Edward G.; Susan A., wife of E. H. Barnett;
Mary B., Jessie B. and Winnie S.-all
educated at Baylor College.
J W. ATKINSON, of Williamson county,
Texas, is a member of one of the
oldest families in America. As early as
the middle of the seventeenth century the'
Atkinsons resided in North Carolina, and our
subject now has in his possession a copy of a
will given in 1760, by his great-grandfather,
Richard Washington, and also one given by
his great-grandfather, Samuel Atkinson, Sr.,
in 1762, in which year he died. J. W. Atkinson's
grandmother, Sarah Washington,
was a second cousin of George Washington;
she was the wife of Samuel Atkinson, Jr.
The family continued to reside in North Carolina
until 1797, when Samuel Atkiuson, Jr.,
grandfather of our subject, died, and his
widow and family then moved to Georgia.
After her death her descendants
scattered through several States. Samuel
W. Atkinson, the father of our subject,
was born in North Carolina in 1797,
about the time of the death of his father. The
mother then moved to Georgia, where he
was reared to manhood. In Morgan county,
that State, October 28, 1818, he married
Nancy Jordan, and they then lived in Franklin
county until 1838, in that year moved to
Pontatoc county, Mississippi, and in 1850
came to Texas, locating on the Colorado river
at Webberville, eighteen miles from Austin.
The mother died there June 3, 1871, aged
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