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where he died in December, 1839. He was
a fanner and mechanic by profession, and
was a Democrat in his political views. The
mother of our subject was of Scotch-Irish
descent, and was raised in Lancaster district,
South Carolina. She died in Florence, Texas,
in 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Caskey were the parents
of nine children, namely: Esther,
widow of a Mr. Wells, of Giles county, Tennessee;
J. C., our subject; James J. and
Wiley, deceased; Samuel W., of Maury
county, Tennessee; Lucinda, now Mrs.
Meadows, of Wilson county, that State; Margaret,
R. B. and Martha, deceased; and
Emma, now Mrs. East. of Waync county,
J. C. Caskey, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Lancaster district, South Carolina,
August 13, 1814. He went to Tennessee
with his parents, and lived in Maury and
Giles counties until September 26, 1851,
when he came by wagon to Texas. He located
the land on which the town of Florence
is now situated, and at one time owned as
many as 1,350 acres. He is one of the pioneers
of this section, has been active as a
trader in real-estate, and has done much to
develop the farming land of Williamson
county. Politically, he affiliates with the
Democratic party, and held the office of Justice
of the Peace, and during the late war
served as County Commissioner. Mr. Caskey
has been a member of the Christian Church
for forty-five years, in which he has served as
Elder many different times.
He was married in Maury county, Ten.
nessee, July 30, 1834, and they had the following
children: William J., of Salado
Texas; Nancy A., wife of Dr. P. H. Adams
of Florence; George D, a farmer two inilei
east of this city; Sarah V., deceased, walth(
wife of B. S. Gray; Elizabeth H., wife )f T
D. Whittenberg, of Florence; Mildred A.,
deceased, was the wife of James T. Wales;
Mary L., wife of P. M. McOaskell, of Florence;
Martha M., wife of W. H. Cabell,
also of this city; and John S. S., of Bell
county, Texas. The wife and mother died in
this city November 28, 1891, and sine that
time Mr. Caskey has lived with his children.
QAPTAIN JOSFPH (C. ROWLAND.Robert
Rowland, a native of Virginia, a
brave and adventurous pioneer, settled
in Tennessee some time during the latter part
of the last century, where he took part in laying
the foundation of the great coin monwealth
which sprang from the colonies planted by
Sevier, Robertson and their compatriots.
Later, probably about the first of this century,
he moved to Alabama, taking part in
the early settlement of that State. He died
there well advanced in years. He had a number
of sons, one of whom was Joseph, born
in Tennessee in the year 1785, who accompanied
his tather to Alabama on his removal
to that State, being then a lad in his
'teens. Joseph Rowland married Tempe Aus,
tin in Morgan county, Alabama, and settled
in that county, which he made his home for
r many years. He was a frontiersman in
y spirit, fond of -the chase and full of adventure.
He served in the Creek war of 1836
s and took a lively interest in the affairs then
going on between Texas and Mexico. He
. had had his mind on Texas for a number of
. years, and finally, in 1837, moved to this
, State, heading for the Brazos country and
making his first stop at the old Mexican town
,s of Tenoxtitlan, located in what is now the
e northeast corner of Burleson county. He
- resided at this place until 1840, when he
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