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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
same year. At the age of twenty-one years
James P. came to Texas, and while on the
the road from Houston to Austin the first
battle of the Mexican war occurred, on the
Rio Grande river. Shortly after arriving in
this State he joined Captain IH. E. McCulloch's
company of State rangers, which had
been mustered into the United States service;
was elected Second Lieutenant, and served in
that capacity until thle close of the struggle.
The company was ordered to the scene of war
two different times, but never succeeded in
getting beyond the Rio Grande, as they were
needed to protect the border. After the
close of hostilities Mr. Magill spent two years
in his native State, was there married, and
then returned to Texas. He located in what
is now Burnet county, where he remained for
twenty years after the organization of the
county, and served as County Clerk eight
years. He then resigned that position, and
in 1863 represented the counties of Burnet,
Llano and San Saba in the Legislature. During
his residence in Burnet county, Mr. Magill
devoted much of his time to the State
ranger service, having had command of a
company of scouts. In 1865, in a fight with
the Indians in Burnet county, he was wounded
in the lower left side by an arrow, but, as it
was then winter, he was heavily clad, and the
arrow passed through thirty-two layers of
cloth, and ranged backward to the back bone.
In 1869 our subject purchased his present
farm of 800 acres, 200 acres of which is under
a fine state of cultivation. He has served
one term as Commissioner of Williamson
county, and during that time the present
handsome and commodious court house was
Mr. Magill was married in Wayne county,
Kentucky, March 5, 1850, to Angelina S., a
daughter of David and Rachel Evans. The
parents came to Texas late in life, and the
father died in Laimpas.is county, January 2S,
1866, and the mother at tlhe home of our subject,
in Burnet county, March 6, 1,Sti7. Mr.
and Mrs. Magill had fourteen children,
twelve of whom grew to years of mnaturity,
namely: Sarah, who died in Burnet county,
December 29, 1865; Mary, wife of Robert
Hanna, of Williamson county; Julia, wife of
J. N. Mason, also of this county; T. W.
Magill, of Georgetown; James P. Magill, a
resident of Los Angeles county. California;
Ella, wife of John T. Bryson; Samuel David
Magill, of Williamson county; J. D. Magill,
also a resident of this county; S. II. Magill,
at home; M. B. Magill, of Georgetown; II.
E. Magill, of Burnet county, Texas; Nannie,
at home; Susie, at ho.ne; and Katy, who
died October 27, 1892, aged seventeen years.
Mr. Magill votes with the Democratic party.
He was made a Mason in Wayne c',unty,
Kentucky, in 1850, served as Secretary and
Worshipful Master of Valley Lodge at Burnet,
and has taken all the Chapter degrees.
He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
I C. CASKEY, of Williamson county,
Texas, is a son of Samuel and Nancy A.
(Coffey) Caskey. In 1768 the grandfather
of our subject, John Caskey, emigrated
with his wife and two children from
Ireland to Charleston, South Carolina. He
was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The
father of our subject was born in Lancaster
district, that State, in 1839, was married in
1810, and in 1816 the entire family moved
to Maury county, Tennessee, where they
&ere among the first pioneers. The grandfather
died in that place, and the father afterward
moved to Lincoln county, Tennessee,
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