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HISTORY CF TEXAS.
elected Clerk of the District Court, being
thebpresent incumbent of that office. Mr.
Chiles' character and conduct, officially and
otherwise, are well known to the citizens of
Burleson county, and need no comment in
this connection. . He bears an honored name,
and is a worthy representative of it. Respecting
his personal or family history, one
further fact may be recorded. January 31,
1883, he married Miss Bettie Heslep, daughter
of W. N. Heslep, an old settler of Burleson
county, she also having been a native of
This county. She died January 24, 1890, at
the age of thirty one, leaving two children,
Bernice and Madaline.
( ON. R. H. WATERS, ex-Representai
tive of Milamn county, a progressive
A and prosperous farmer residing near
Burlington, traces his ancestry to
South Carolina, where the line ascending for
three generations finds its source, so far as
now can be determined, in one Colonel Phil
Waters, a gallant soldier who served under
Washington in the French and Indian wars,
and under the same distinguished soldier in
the Revolutionary struggle. Phil Waters
bore a conspicuous part in these wars and by
his activity incurred the especial hatred of
the French and British commanders against
whom he served. It is preserved as. one of
the traditions of the family that at the surrender
of Fort Necessity, where Colonel
Waters killed two French soldiers and three
Indians, a special demand was made on
Major Washington, commander of the Colonial
troops, by the French commander for
Colonel Waters, but that Major Washington
refused to honor the demand and C/ionel
Waters escaped the vengeance of the wrathy
Frenchman to do valiant service for the
colonies in their subsequent revolt against
the mother country. The military trappings
of Colonel Waters are still in existence,
being now in the possession of a sister of the
subject of this notice, Mrs. T. M. Bragg, residing
in Greenville, Alabama. Colonel Phil
Waters had among other children, a son
named Wilkes, who was born in South Carolina
and who married a Miss Manning, by
whom he had three children, the eldest of
whom was a son, Phil B., born in Newberry.
district in 1808. Phil B. Waters went to
Alabama when a young man, locating in
Butler county, where he met and married'
Sarah Ann Womack and became the father
of eight children, four sons and four daughters,
the sixth of whom, being the youngest
son, was Richard H., the subject of this
Richard H. Waters was born in Butler
county, Alabama, in 1851. He was reared
in his native county, and educated at the
Greenville Collegiate Institute. He came to
Texas immediately on leaving school, and
took up his residence on the line of Freestone
and Navarro counties, where for thrge
years he engaged in farming. Returning to
Alabama, he began the study of law under a
distinguished lawyer o his native State, and
after eighteen months spent in preparation,
was admitted' to the bar before Judge John
Henry. Another year was spent in preparation
for the practice of his profession, after
which he returned to Texas and located at
Fairfield, Freestone county. He shortly
afterward became a candidate for the office
of County Attorney, of Freestone county, but
was defeated. He then abandoned the law,
and going to Robertson county, clerked
about a year for his brother there in the
mercantile business, when, in 1882, he took
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