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602 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ing fairly well. Then he sold out and turned
his'ttentiou to farming, in which occupation
he has since been engaged. His first farm
he sold in 1880, and bought another, which,
after raising three crops on it, he also sold.
Then he bought his present farm, 500 acres,
which had some improvements on it at the
time of purchase. He has since built his
commodious residence and made other substantial
improvements, and now has 115
acres under cultivation, renting some of it
and hiring help to cultivate the rest. Cotton
and corn formn his chief crop. Soon after
coming to Elgin lie opened a butchering and
saloon business, and was meeting with success
when his entire establishment was burned.
This was a total loss, as he had no insurance.
Mr. Turner's parents, Dr. J. L. and Juliana
(Sessums) Turner, were born in Tennessee
and North Carolina respectively. Dr. Turner
was a prominent physician of his day,
and in addition to his professional duties he
also carried on agricultural pursuits, having
a number of slaves. He was born in September,
1799, and died in 1870. His wife survived
him until 1876, when she, too, passed
away. They had a family of fifteen children,
three of whoin died young. The others are
as follows: William, who died in 1857;
Della, wife of H. Olsup, both being deceased;
Sanford, who was killed in the army; Harriet,
who married J. Olsup, both now
deceased; Wade H., who died in 1857; C.
W., the subject of this sketch; Mary, wife of
J. Wilks, both deceased; Henry H., a resident
of Taylor, Texas; Juliana 0., widow of
H. L. Harkins, resides in Lee county,
Texas; John B., of Hunt county, this State;
W. E., of Lee county; and Ann E., widow of
Ezekiel Wilson, Lampasas county.
The subject of our sketch has teen/twice
married. In May, 1867, lie wedded Miss
Mattie E. Litton, a daughter of John Litton.
Her father came to Texas when this State
was a Republic, and was one of the Indian
fighters of early times. He was engaged in
the stock business here and also farmed some,
dying about 1858 and leaving a large estate.
Mrs. Mattie E. Turner died in 1868, her
only child dying about the same time.
November 22, 1871, Mr. Turner malTied
Mrs. Kate H. Hamilton, widow of B. M.
Hamilton. By her first husband she had
one child, Minnie L. Hamilton, now the wife
of W. J. Jackson. Mrs. Turner's father, A.
A. Tisdale, a native of South Carolina, came
to Texas in 1847 and located in Bastrop'
county, where he spent the rest of his life
engaged in farming, and where he died in
1860. His wife lived until 1890. Following
are the names of Mr. and Mrs. Tisdale's
children: Mary M.; J. E.; Nannie N.; Sara
E.; Mattie; William H., who entered the
Confederate army and was killed in battle
at Vicksburg; Lu R.; Jane; Virginia; and
Kate, who was born in Texas, October 11,
1848. Mr. and Mrs Turner have had nine
children, one of whom died young. The
others are all at home and are as follows:
William S.; Mattie E.; Legrand S.; Callie;
Nash; Wallace W.; John 0.; and Tom
Mr. Turner affiliates with the Democratic
JAMES P. MAGILL, one of the well
known and respected citizens of Williamson
county, was born in Lincoln
county, Kentucky, March 5, 1825, a son of
Samuel P. and Nancy (Shackleford) Magill,
the former of whom died in Burnet county,
April 5, 1865, and the latter in February of the
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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/m1/648/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .