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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
thy Master. Afterward he was a member of
Cogcord Grange, in BurlesQn county, of
which he also served as presiding officer, and
at present he is a member of the Caldwell
Grange. He helped organize the Burleson
County Co-operative Association, and helped
establish a store at Caldwell, of which enterprise
he is still serving as director. He also
helped to organize the Texas Wholesale Store,
of Galveston, of which he is likewise a director;
and among those who organized the
State Grange Fair & MIanufacturers' Association,
held at McGregor, none took a more
active part than Mr. Page. Also his name is
among the list of directors of this enterprise.
Another organization with which he is connected
is a company that in 1890 built an oil
mill at West Caldwell, and of this, too, he is
a director. In politics, he is an uncompromnising
Democrat, and is somewhat of a
leader, standing squarely on the Democratic
national platform, as enunciated at Chicago
in 1892. He is an admirer of Mr. Cleveland,
and, in the absence of a wider personal experience
in public matters, imposes implicit
confidence in the wisdom and integrity of the
chief magistrate of this nation and his advisers;
but in no sense of the word is he an
office-seeker. He was elected Justice of the
Peace of his precinct in 1882, and served two
years. Mr. Page cast his first vote for President
of the United States for Franklin Pierce,
in 1852, and has voted steadily with the Demcratic
party since. He was made a Mason in
April, 1851, and in 1854 took the Royal
Arch degree. In religious belief, he is a
Universalist, while his wife is a consistent
member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
Of Mr. Page's parentage we record that his
father, Allen Page, was a native of Georgia,
and that his mother, Sarah (Wright)/Page,
was born in South Carolina. AlleA Page
was a farmer all his life; was a strict member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
a Royal Arch Mason. He was assassinated by
highway robbers in Alabama, in 1859. His
wife survived him until 1890, and died at the
old home in Alabama. They had .seven chil- -
dren, the subject of our sketch being the
eldest, and the only one of the family in
Texas. He had two brothers in the war.
One, Kinchin R., was killed at Vicksburg;
the other, Haskew, passed all through the
war and has sincedied, at his home in Conecuh.
James W. Page married Miss Catherine
L. Hawthorn, who was born in Alabama,
December 18, 1831, daughter of Joshua and
-Nancy C. Hawthorn, who were for many
years residents of Conecuh county, Alabama,
where the father died, in 1866, aged fifty-six,
and the mother in 1846, aged thirty-six. Mr.
and Mrs. Page have had three children, all
natives of Alabama, viz.: Jefferson F., who
died in 1882; Henry R., a Burleson county
farmer; and William B., in the employ of
the Santa Fe Railroad, and residing at Dallas,
I 1 G. GANNAWAY, a prominent mer54/\
chant of Florence, is a son of Norvel
J/J- and Elizabeth (Sanders) Gannaway.
'/ Two brothers of that name came to
this country from England before the Revolutionary
war, locating in Virginia. One of
their descendants, Gregory Gannaway, the
grandfather of our subject, located in Buckingham
county, that State, where Norvel
Gannaway was reared to manhood. The -latter
was there married, later lived for a period
in Wythe county, next in Lawrence county,
Alabama, and in the early part of 1830 lo
cated in Talladega county. Mr. and Mrs.
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