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farming. near Austin, Travis county. He
first began work at his trade, but as lie was
obliged to use charcoal instead of stone coal,
as he had been taught, lie was not able to
satisfy himself and gave tp the shop. Since
1871 Mr. Munro has made his home at Liberty
Hill, where he was engaged in blacksmithing
until 1883. and in that year embarked in
the hardware business. He now carries a
stock, amounting to $2,500, and is also engaged
December 22, 1870, in Travis county,
Texas, our subject was united in marriage to
Jennie Ross, who came with her parents to
America in the same vessel as did Mr. Munro,
and who was raised within five miles of his
home. They became acquainted after locating
in Travis county. She was a daughter
of William and Mary (Campbell) Ross. The
mother is deceased, and the father still resides
in Travis county. Mr. and Mrs. Munro have
eleven children: Mary J., David, Jennie, Fannie,William,
James, Maggie, John O., Lulu J.,
Dora L. and Horace Nelson. Politically, our
subject affiliates with the Democratic party,
is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of
Liberty Normal and Business College, and a
Trustee of the free school. In his social
relations he is a Master Mason, and religiously
is a member of the Methodist Church,
in which he holds the position of Superintendent
of the Sunday-school.
J B. SANDERS, a successful farmer of
Burleson county, was born in Morgan
county, Georgia, in 1829, a son of Simeon
Sanders, a native also of that State. The
elder Sanders was a teacher and followed his
profession a number of years in his native
State, was a fine surveyor and located a great
deal of land in western Texas. His death
occurred in Hays county, this State, in his
eighty-sixth year. The maiden name of
Simeon Sanders' wife was Arpie Sims, she
being a daughter of Charles Sims, formerly
Mr. and Mrs. Sanders were the parents of
four children: H'enry, William, J. B. and
Nancy. Only the two younger members of
this family are now living. The daughter
was married to a Mr. Simlington and resides
now in Milam county, Texas.
J. B. Sanders was reared in Walton county,
Georgia, whither his parents moved when lie
was young. He was brought up on the farm
and received only limited educational advantages.
In January, 1853, lie located inWashington
county, Texas, where, after residing a
year at Brenham, lie settled on a farm between
that place and La Grange and engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He followed this successfully
up to the opening of the late war,
when he entered the Confederate army, enlisting
in Company B, Sixteenth Texas Infantry,
with which he served in theTrans-Mississippi
Department, being in active service till the
close of hostilities. He took part in most of
the engagements west of the Mississippi river,
among them Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Milliken's
Bend,Jenkins' Ferry and other smaller
ones. After the surrender Mr. Sanders converted
what property he had into money and
with the proceeds-about $600-engaged in
buying cotton. He was successful at this and
by 1867 had made between $3,000 and $4,000.
With this amount he purchased a stock of
goods andt began the mercantile business at
Yegua in Burleson county. He was so engaged
only a short time, when he again took
up agricultural pursuits, which he has followed
steadily and successfully ever since.
He now owns a farm of 700 acres, lying in
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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/m1/622/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .