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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
agricultural pursuits in his native State, and
in 1k52 came to Texas. After landing at
Galveston, he taught school for a time in
Harris county, and left that county for the
purpose of joining the rangers, but did not
serve in that struggle. In the latter part of
1852 Mr. Moncure located in Bastrop county,
where he was engaged in farming, stockraising
and surveying until about 1862. In
that year he was elected to the position of
Sheriff, but resigned that office before the expiration
of his term of service. In 1861 he
joined Captain Hysmith's company, Parsons'
regiment, of which he served as Second Lieutenant
until the re-organization, when he resigned
his commission and joined the Thirtyfourth
Texas Cavalry, Company I, under
Colonel A. W. Terrill, in the Trans-Mississippi
Department. Mr. Moncure was elected
First Lieutenant of his company, participated
in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill,
was constantly engaged in battles and skirmishes
for thirty-two days, and his last engagemenit
was at Yellow Bayou. After
remaining home a short time he returned to
his coinmand, and was with Colonel Terrill in
his defense at Morgan's Ferry, Atchafalaya,
Louisiana. Mr. Moncure was promoted from
Lieutenant to Captain, and later held the rank
of Major. They disbanded at Corsicana,
Texas, and after returning home our subject
at once resumed farming and stock-raising.
He owns 1,200 acres of fine land, and has
also given his two eldest children each a
farm. He has the finest orchard in the
county, consisting of fifteen acres, devoted to
pairs, peaches, plums, apples, etc. He also
raises standard-bred horses, Durham cattle
and other stock. In 1866 Mr. Moncure was
elected as Rppresentrtive of Bastrop county,
but was removed from office with ex- overnor
Throckmorton. Since that tile lihe
has never accepted a political office, although
he has been frequently nominated to positions
In 1855 he was united in marriage with
Julia Deckard, a native of Tennessee, and a
daughter of Benjamin and Julia (Henderson)
Deckard. Mr. and Mrs. Moncure had nine
children, only three of whom lived to years
of maturity: Bettie Alice, deceased, was the
wife of Robert A. Jeffries; Anna G., wife of
Walter Norman, of Smithville; and Cassius
Lee, who married Miss Hattie Nuckols, and
resides in Bastrop. The wife and mother
died March 5, 1870, having been a member of
the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In
1871 Mr. Moncure married Ann Deckard, a
sister of his former wife, and they have had
seven children: John, deceased; Mary Wise,
deceased; Lucy George, deceased; Charlotte;
Jemmie; Walter N. and Benjamin S. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Moncure are members of the
Missionary Baptist Church, and the former
also affiliates with the A. F. & A. M., Bastrop
Lodge, No. 244.
J AMES W. BRANCH, a successful
farmerof Williamnson county, Texas, was
born in Williamson county, Tennessee,
December 24, 1816, a son of Nicholas and
Elizabeth (Hurst) Branch. The father was
raised and married in North Carolina, where
he also raised his family, consisting of six
children. Two daughters are still living:
Eliza, aged ninety years, is now Mrs. Sledge,
and a resident of Florence; and Elizabeth,
now Mrs. Culp, of Obion county, Tennessee.
The Branch family were prominent in North
Carolina in the early days, and John Branch,
one of the first Governors of the State, was
a near relative of the father of our subject.
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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/m1/643/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .