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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
up his residence in Milam county, where he
has since lived. For ten years he hlas been
engaged in farming, stock-raising and merchandising.
He now owns an interest in a
ranch of about 620 acres lying on the north
line of Milain county, and an interest in a
mercantile business and gin at Burlington,
and in recent years he has been somewhat
active in politics. Mr. Waters received the
Democratic nomination for the State Legislature
from Milanm county in 1890, was
subsequently elected and served during one
session. He made a good representative, and
his career met with the general approval of
his constituency. He was a member of the
following committees: Privileges and Elections,
Agricultural Affairs, Stock and Stockraising
and Counties and County Boundaries.
He favored the railroad commission law, made
an effort to rid the State of Johnson grass by
introducing a bill declaring it an offence to
allow the grass to go to seed on one's place,
and by request introduced a bill providing
for the annulment of the marriage bonds in
cases of insanity.
Mr. Waters has exercised a wide influence
in the community in which he resides, giving
liberally of his time, means and personal
effort to the building of the material, social
and moral interests of that community.
S4)[ RS. MARTHA ALLEY, widow of G.
W. Alley, Georgetown, Texas, is the
only one of her father's family now
living. She is an old settler of Williamson
county, very intelligent and popular,
and is as highly respected as she is widely
known. She is the daughter of James and
Martha (Seals) Knight. The latter was a
widow when she married James Knight, her
first husband's name being Benjamin Snitlley,
and he and his wife had several cllildlrnl,
one of them being nlamied Williami, :mdl le,
when about thirteen years of age, was c:M)tuired
by the Delaware Indians at sonec lacee
not now known in Pennsylvania. At tlis
same time his father, Benjamin, was killed
in an encounter with the savages. William
lived with his captors until lie became a man
and seemed to have lost all desire to return
to his people, but after many years returned
to civilization and lived with them until his
death. He, William Smalley, rendered great
service afterward in carrving a flag of truce
under General Wayne, as he could talk many
dialects of the Indian language. He was
gone Iany months and much fear was entertained
that lie would not return, but he was
absent no longer than lie thought necessary.
He lived for a time near Clarksville, Ohio,
and later moved to Vermilion county, Illinois,
where he died. lie cared for his
widowed mother, and raised a large and respected
family. William Smialley married
Prudence Legget, and one of his children was
Rev. Freeman Smialley. The latter caine to
Texas on a visit in 1824, and while visiting
at Pecan Point on Red river, preached the
first protestant sermon ever preached on Texas
soil. He was a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church. Later he settled in Williamson
county, where he died, and he was the
first cousin of our subject. James Knight,
our subject's father, was a native of Maryland,
a farmer by occupation and a very
worthy man. At an early day he removed
from Maryland to Miama county, Ohio, and
opened a large farm on the river below Troy.
He went to Illinois, Vermilion county, near
Danville, in 1829, and opened a large farm
there, and from thence to Texas in 1847, to
Brushy, Williamson county. He was with
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