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HISTORY OF TEXAS. (101
Gannaway were the parents of eight children,
viz.: Sanders, who died when a prisoner
of war; Martha, deceased; Rhoda, widow of
a Mr. Houston, of Calhoun county, Alabama;
Mary, widow of a Mr. Roberts, of Talladega
county; A. G., our subject; James, of Calhoun
county, Alabama; Sarah and Senah,
deceased. Tile wife and mother died about
1840, and the father afterward married a
Mrs. Gore. They had one son, William L.,
who resides near Oxford, Alabama. This
wife is also deceased. Mr. Gannaway is a
farmer by occupation, and is a prominent
worker and a devoted member of the Methodist
Church. His sister, Rhoda, married a
Mr. Brownlow, and their son was the noted
W. G. Brownlow, who was prominent as a
Legislator in the national Congress.
A. G. Gannaway, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Wythe county, Virginia, December
29, 1825, and grew to manhood in Talladega
county, that State. At the opening of
the Mexican war he enlisted as a private in
Captain Hugh Cunningham's company of
infantry, took part in the siege of Vera Cruz,
and served one year. He then taught school
for about two years, and in the fall of 1852
located on his present farm, near Florence,
Williamson county, Texas. Mr. Gannaway
taught school in this city until 1873, since
which time he has followed mercantile pursuits,
first as a clerk for J. A. Montgomery
several years. In 1878 he opened his present
store, and in addition to this also owns a
farm of 140 acres, which he rents.
Mr. Gannaway was married in Talladega
county, Alabama, January 27, 1852, to Margaret
C. Whittenberg. They have had seven
children: Ella, deceased; Sarah A., wife of
T. B. Hoover, of Bell county; Mary A., now
Mrs. B. S. Hoover and a resident of Florence;
Jamnes L., of Austin; Norvel A., who
resides near this city; Annie M., at llhome;
Thomlas S., of Florence. Mr. Gannaway
affiliates with the Demlocratic party, and hals
served as County Colntnissioner one term,
and as Justice of the Peace for twenty years.
In his social relations, he is a Royal Arch
Mason, has served as High Priest of the
Chapter, and is now Secretary of Florence
Lodge, and is also Treasurer in the 1. 0. o. F.,
in which he has held other high offices. lie
is a Steward in the Methodist Church.
/G7 W. TURNER, another one of tlhe
enterprising farmers and prominent
citizens of Bastrop county, Texas, is
found in the subject of this sketcll.
Mr. Turner was born in Tennessee, March
13, 1835, and when quite young remove(l
with his parents to Alabama. In November,
1849, the family came to Texas and located
in Bastrop county, where he has since lived.
He was reared to farm life and had limited
educational advantages, remaining a member
of the home circle until the opening of the
late war. In 1861 he enlisted in Company
D, W. H. Parsons' brigade, in the Trans3Mississippi
Department. The most of his
service was in Arkansas and Louisiana. His
first battle was at Cotton Plant. After that
he was in many important battles and did a
great deal of skirmishing. In all his service,
however, he was never wounded or taken
prisoner. He was in Texas on the Little
Brazos at the time of. the surrender, when,
the forces disbanding, he returned home.
In the fall of 1866 Mr. Turner engaged in
mercantile business at Hogeye, in this
county, and eighteen months later removed
his stock to Alum Creek, same county, where
he continued in business until 1875, succeed
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