History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. Page: 580
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eso HIdTORT OF TEXAS.
Mr. Graves married Miss Emma L. Ballar.d
of Milam county, on September 15,
1881. Mrs. Graves was born in Hallettsville,
Lavaca county, October 22, 1858, being
a daughter of Joseph J. and Sallie Ballard,
her father a native of Kentucky and her
mother a native of Georgia. Her father was
a representative of the distinguished Ballard
family of Kentucky, being a great-grandnephew
of Bland Ballard, an associate of
Daniel Boone in pioneer days in the "' Blue
Grass State." Joseph J. Ballard came to
Texas in 1854 and settled at llallettsville,
Lavaca county, where he was prominent in
business and politics until his death, which
occurred in 1861. Mrs. Graves' mother,
whose maiden name was Hillver, was a descendant
of an old Georgia family, being a
daughter of Dr. John F. tlillyer, a prominent
physician, Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of
Laws of the State, and a niece of the eminent
jurist, Junius Hillyer, and of Granby Hillyer
of Atlanta, Georgia. She died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Graves, while on a visit
October 6, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. Graves have had born to
them three children, two of whom are living:
Ruth C., born March 24, 1885 and Ada E.,
born December 20, 1887.
Mr. and Mrs. Graves are members of the
Methodist Church, of which Mr. Graves has
been a Steward for a number of years.
D\ R. J. P. OLIVE R, for twenty-six years
a practicing physician of Caldwell,
Burleson county, being, in point of
residence. one of the oldest physicians in the
county, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee,
where lie was born August 26, 1837/ His
parents were Thomas and Elizabeth O)liver,
who were also natives of Tennessee, where
they were born early in this century. The
father died when a young man, and the
mother was twice afterward married, and is
still living, residing now in Caldwell parish,
Louisiana, vigorous yet in mind and body.
She is a woman of great piety, having been a
member of the Baptist Church for sixty
years and faithful in the service of her
James P. Oliver was mainly reared in
Louisiana, whither his mother moved when
he was young. He received but limited
educational advantages, and at the age of
twenty began to read medicine under Drs;
John E. Wright and 0. C. Merideth, of
Columbia, Caldwell parish, Louisiana. He
graduated from the medical department of
the University of Louisiana in 1859, and
immediately took up the practice of his
profession in Moorehouse parish. Later he
moved into Winn parish, where in 1860 he
married. He was just entering on what
promised to be a prosperous and very satisfactory
professional career when theJate Civil
war came on. Like hundreds and thousands
of others, he felt that his country had claims
on him superior to those of a business or
professional nature, and in 1862 he entered
the Confederate army, enlisting as a private
in the Third Louisiana Regiment of Infantry,
serving on detail duty as a physician and
surgeon with this command until atter the
fall of Vicksburg, when he passed a successful
examination, and thereafter served as
army surgeon in the Trans-Mississippi Department
until the close of the war. After the
surrender he resumed the practice of -his
profession on his own account in Winn
parish, Louisiana, and followed it there until
November, 1867. At that date he came to
Texas, and after stopping a short time in
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Lewis Publishing Company. History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties., book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/625/: accessed June 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .