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: 587
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HISTORY OF T E X A S.587~~~~~~~~~_
where they were married July 31, 1799, and
moved thence to Georgia, settling near the
South Carolina line. Mrs. Chiles was one of
a large family of children, ,most of whom
were reared in Georgia, where they married
and settled, never becoming residents of this
State. One brother, however, Andrew J.
Hitchcock, came to Texas at an early day,
enlisting in .Fannin's command, with which
he was captured at Goliad and fortunately
made his escape. He had a checkered career,
having been twice to South America, several
times to Mexico, and an early immigrant to
the Pacific coast. He died at Denton, this
State, in 1887, near the eightieth year of his
age, losing his life at that place by the burning
of a hotel. Sarah Ann Hitchcock, another
sister of Mrs. Chiles, was married to
Arthur Eldridge, who was the first District
Clerk of Burleson county. Mrs. Chiles'parents
died in this county, being well advanced
in years when they came out and
settled here. Mrs. Emily Chiles is one of
the pioneer women of Burleson county and
one whose virtues entitle her to mention in
this monograph of her deceased husband.
Under the preaching of that eminent pioneer
preacher of Texas, the Rev. William Tryon,
she was converted and baptized in girlhood,
and, uniting with the Baptist Church, led a
consistent Christian life until her death. She
had been reared under the old regime in
Texas and learned to keep open house in the
style of the early days; she was free with all
she had, a dutiful housewife and faithful
friend and neighbor.
Ten children were born to Lewis L. and
Emily Chiles, but six of whom are living,
most of whom, however, became grown and
married and left children in this county.
Their eldest child was a daughter, Virginia,
who was married to R. A. Higgason, since
deceased, the issue of which union was eight
children, as follows: Mary, the wife, of Judson
Harris; Virginia C., the wife of Albe't
Snyder; Maggie, the wife of John McCo~i en;
Ruben, who died at the age of three; Vara;
May; Velma and Lee, the last two of whom
died young. The second child of Lewis L.
and Emily Chiles was Lizzie, who became
the wife of Isaac Winston, and died leaving
two children, James and John. The third
child of Lewis L. and Emily Chiles was
James, who was born in 1846, enlisted at
the age of fifteen in the Second Texas Infantry,
and died at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during
the late war. The fourth child was a
daughter, Barbara, who died at the age of
sixteen while at Baylor College at Independence.
The fifth was Mary L., who was
married to W. T. Wornble, by whom she has
had ten children: William C., Judson, Drew,
Lewis, Charles (deceased), Lucy, Ethel, Leonora,
Stanley Grey, and Clyde Carroll. The
sixth child of Lewis L. and Emily Chiles was
William Tryon, of whom mention will be
made further on. The seventh was Dabney;
the eighth, Thomas C., who married Lulie
Fielder, by whom he had one child, and died
in October, 1880, at the age of twenty-three,
his widow being the present wife of Dr. H.
H. Darr, of Caldwell. The ninth child of
Lewis and Emily Chiles was Baylor, and the
tenth was Emily, who was married to Charles
S. Williams, and died leaving two children,
Mabel and Marye Dabney.
William Tryon Chiles, the sixth of this
pioneer family and the eldest male member
of it now living, was born December 12, 1854,
in Caldwell, Burleson county, where he was
also reared and educated. He was variously
engaged up to 1886, at which time he was
elected Constable of Caldwell precinct, which
office he held for four years, when he was
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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/m1/632/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .