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HISTORY OF TgXAS. 599
James W. Branch, the subject of this
sketch, was deprived of a mother's care, when
only one year old, after which he lived with
relatives for a time, and finally made his
home with a married sister until reaching
manhood. In 1840, in company with his
brother, Nicholas, he came to Texas, locating
first in Shelby county. Five years later, in
the early part of 1846, he arrived in Williamson
county, where lie first purchased 525 acres
of land, but now owns only about 300 acres,
175 acres cultivated.
In Shelby county, in 1842, Mr. Branch was
united in marriage with Nancy Matthews,
who was born in Mississippi. She was early
left an orphan, and caine to Texas with her
brother-in-law, Rev. M. H. Jones. To this
union were born nine children, namely: John
Wesley, engaged in the sheep business, near
Sherwood, Texas; Elizabeth, deceased, was
the wife of J. L. Rucker, of Georgetown,
Texas; Eliza J., wife of A. H. Arnold, of
Columbia, Missouri; Virginia A., wife of
Crockett Colyer, of Georgetown, Texas;
Sarah F., deceased; Martha K., deceased;
James A., of Gal)riel Mills, this State; Nicholas,
of Sherwood; and Joseph, at home.
The wife and mother died April 16, 1876,
and two years afterward Mr. Branch married
Minerva Spears. Politically, lie affiliates
with the Democratic party; socially, is a
Master Mason; and religiously a member of
the Methodist Church.
J AMES W. PAGE, a well-known and
public-spirited citizen of Burleson county,
Texas, is deserving of some personal
consideration on the pages of this work.
For twenty years he has been a resident of
this State, coming here to better his financial
condition, soon after the close of the late war.
Traveling overland with teams, lie landed in
Brazos county in 1874. A year later lite
came to Burleson county and rented laWld for
four years on the l'razos river bottoms. lie
then bought a partially-imnproved place, and
settled where he now lives. IIe has since
made more elaborate improvement. on this
place, now having a comfortable and attractive
home, a good orchard and other conveniences.
Mr. Page was born in Alabama, AMarch 11,
1829, and was reared to agricultural pursuits,
receiving a common-school education.
He remained under the parental roof until
he reached his majority, and January 2 ',
1851, lie was married. Soon after his marriage
he engaged in merchandising, remaining
thus occupied until the opening of tlie
war, doing a fairly successful business. He,
with others, laid aside his business and entered
the Confederate ranks, enlisting il
1861 in Company E, Second Alabama Regiment,
being consigned to the southeastern
department of the Confederacy. With his
command, he was stationed along the Mobile
railroad, guarding the property and keeping
the road serviceable. After being on duty
eleven months, he was obliged, on account of
ill health, to return honie. For some time
lie was laid up with rheumatism. Subsequently
he served with the conscript bureau,
but finally was discharged by the medical
board, and returned home. At the close of
the war lie found hiulself completely broken
up. He then returned to farming, in which
occupation he has been engaged ever since.
Since coming to Texas, Mr. Page has been
connected with various organizations, having
been prominently identified with the Grange.
He first joined the College Grange in Brazos
county, in 1874, of which lodge he was Wor
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