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 Page: 575
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
eighty years, and the father then made his
home with our subject until his death, which
occurred July 27, 1872. He was a hatter by
trade, also taught school many years, was a
member of the Methodist Church and the
Masonic order, and was a Democrat in his
J. W. Atkinson, the only survivor of his
parents' seven children, was born in Franklin
county, Georgia, September 10, 1829. II
1849 he came to Texas, and, after a short stop
at Webberville, Travis county, located in
Williamson county, and has lived il the vicinity
of Florence since 1851. During the
first five years after locating in this State lihe
was engaged ir farming, but in 1856 embarked
in merchandising at Florence. After
continuing that occupation thirty-two years,
Mr. Atkinson retired from business. He
owns 1,500 acres of agricultural land, 500
acres of which is under a fine state of cultivation
and the balance pasture.
In Tippah county, Mississippi, September
20, 1849, at the age of twenty years, our subject
was united in marriage to Sarah M.
Stanley. The Stanley family first lived in
South Carolina, afterward in Tennessee, next
in Mississippi, and then came to Texas. The
father of Mrs. Atkinson now lives in Lampasas
county, this State, being eighty-seven
years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson have
had thirteen children, viz.: John W., a inerchant
of Florence; William H., a physician
of Killen, Bell county; Cordelia, wife of A.
J. Hoover, a farmer and stockman also of that
city; Benjamin F., a farmer near Florence;
George C., a druggist of Florence; Emily E.,
wife of L. G. Babo, a merchant of Florence;
Lucy P., wife of John M. Stryhorn, a physician
of Bartlett, Texas; Lulu, deceased;
James F., a druggist of Florence; Mattie E.,
wife of W. F. Casey, a merchant of George
town; Ozias, a physicians of Florence; May,
deceased; and Isadore, at home.
In his political views, Mr. Atkinson supports
the principles of the Denmocratic party,
is a Royal Arch Mason, and has served as
Worshipful Master in the Masonic order;
was formerly a mnemrber of the Odd Fellows
order, and is a Deacon in the Missionary
Baptist Church. Ite came to this State before
Florence was started, has been a potent
factor iln its development, and has gained tllhe
reputation of being a conservative and safe
business iman. He has always been foremost
in every good work in his community.
JAMES HENRY FAU1BION, a promnikI
Intent business man of Williamson county,
is a son of T. A. and Margaret
(McSi een) Faubion. The great-grandfather
of our subject was a native of Holland, but
located in l'ennsylvania before the Revolutionary
war. He afterward located on what
was then known as the territory of Franklin,
in Tennessee, and the family lived in Cocke
county until just before the opening of the
Civil war, when they settled in different parts
of the country. The father of our subject
was born, reared and married in that county,
and remained there until 1865, when he located
in Milam county, Texas. He now resides
near Marble Falls, Burnet county, and
is engaged in agricultural pursuits. While
residing in Tennessee lie followed merchandising.
He is a staunch Democrat, and a
member of the Cumnberland Presbyterian
Church, The maternal grandfather of our
subject was a native of Scotland, and came to
America about 1820, locating in Tennessee.
He raised his family in Cocke county.
Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Faubion were the parents
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