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594 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
years of age, after which he followed freighting'tntil
the opening of the late war. He
walked seventy-five miles to enter the Confederate
service, and June 13, 1861, enlisted
in. Company C, Third Texas Cavalry, was
consigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department,
ordered to Missouri, where he took
part in the battles of Wilson creek and Pea
Ridge. He then participated in the battle
of Corinth, Mississippi, continued on the
east side of the river during his four years
of service, and took part in all the principal
battles and skirmishes. The company was
mustered in with 114 men, and at the surrender
only fourteen of the original number
were left. The command was first under
General Bragg, then Joseph E. Johnston,
and last under General Hood. At the second
battle of Elkhorn, Mr. Summers received
a slight wound in the lett arm, received
a flesh wound in the hip in the battle
of Corinth, and at Kenesaw mountain was
shot through the body. The minie ball
entered his left side and lodged near the
skin on tile right side, where it was removed
by a surgeon. He was disabled by this
wound two months. At the close of the
struggle the command was on Jackson and
Vicksburg road, on Black river, went to
Vicksburg, where he received his parole from
General Canby, and then returned home.
Mr. Summers followed freighting until 1873,
and in that year purchased 210 acres of his
present farm, then raw land, in the Colorado
valley. He has added to his original purchase,
and has 150 acres of his place under a
fine state of cultivation.
Mr. Summers was married March 7, 1873,
to Miss Elizabeth Yost, who was born in
Bastrop county, Texas, January 10, 185 3, a
daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Y st, of
German descent. They came to Texas about
1839, locating in this county, where they
died a few years ago. Our subject and wife
have had six children, five now livingCharles
F. attending school; William N.,
Mary E., Thomas J. and Jessie L., at home.
The wife and mother died March 13, 1892,
having been a devoted and consistent member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr.
Summers affiliates with the Democratic party,
but never aspires to public office.
TF. GILLEY.-Hays B. Gilley. was a
native of Georgia, born in the historic
year of 1812; Hancy Hall was born
in North Carolina in 1815. Both were
reared in Alabama and in the town of Montgomnery,
that State, were married in 1834.
One year later, in 1835, they came to Texas
and settled at the mouth of the Brazos river,
where the town of Quintana now stands.
Following this date Mr. Gilley resided for a
number of years in southern Texas, where
he was engaged at his trade as a carpenter
and later as a minister of the gospel. He
was thus a builder in a two-fold sense, and
in each a most capable workman. He drew
the plans and specifications for a number of
the first business houses erected at Galveston,
where he was a resident at an earlier
day, being well known to most of the earlier
settlers of the lower country. About 1845
he turned his attention to the ministry, joining
the Methodist conference and from that
time on until his years on earth ended, labored
zealousy in the cause of Christianity.
For a long time he did itinerant work, but
was later given regular charges, having in
this way preached to many churches in central
and southern Texas. He died at Caldwell
in 1884, ripe in years and in Christian
RITOY P RXS
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