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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
stock with which the party set out, Captain
Rowland's individual loss being 650 head out
of about 800 head. Traveling up the coast
as far as Sacramento, he spent three years
in that country, engaged mainly in the stock
business. In the spring of 1872 he decided
to return to Texas. Selling out all of his
possessions he took the train and came back,
and again took up his residence in Burleson
county. He lias lived in this county since,
most of the time, on his present place, about
a mile north and west of Caldwell. Soon
after his return in May, 1872, Captain Rowland
had the misfortune to lose his wife after
seventeen years of faithful companionship.
She left four children: Ezekiel; Watt; Sallie;
Dustie and Eula Lee, all of whom are
In 1873, Captain Rowland married Mrs.
Martha Susan Boone, widow of Squire Boone,
and daughter of P. G. Thomas, to which
union two children were born: Eureka and
Jo, both daughters. His wife died in 1881,
and for his third companion he married Miss
Emma Boren, a daughter of John D. and
Lucinda Boren, of Barry county, Missouri.
Mrs. Rowland was born in Wapello county;
Iowa. The issue of this marriage has been
five children: Seth; Coke; Emma; Darden
Captain Rowland having been identified
with the farming interests, has always taken
a leading part in all matters relating to the
welfare of the farming community. He was
a conspicuous figure in the Grange movement
in Burleson county some years ago, and is
still connected with this order. He is, and
has been for some time, president of the
Burleson County Co-operative Association,
which conducts a mercantile establishment
at Caldwell, and seeks by other co-oper/tive
measures to benefit the farming class. He
has served as County Commissioner of Burleson
county; as Sheriff and Tax-collector, and
has held other local positions. He is a Democrat
in politics, coming of a long line of
Democratic ancestors, from whom he has inherited
a predilection for the doctrines of
Jefferson and Jackson, which has been seduously
cultivated by study and observation.
Captain Rowland is a man of good intelligence,
and having large experience in Texas,
is full of information about Texas ways and
Texas people. Has fifty-odd years experience
in this State, if faithfully given would
form a valuable contribution to Texas remniniscences.
J OHN S. SMITH, a farmer of Bastrop
county, was born in middle Tennessee,
January 13, 1833, a son of James and
Rebecca (Hale) Smith, natives of North Carolina,
and of English descent. The father,
a farmer and Methodist minister, died in
Tennessee in 1862, his wife having died previous
to that time. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
were the parents of eleven children, nine of
whom grew up to years of maturity, viz.:
Amplias, who died in Smith county, Texas,
in 1890; Melissa, deceased; Mary, deceased;
Frances, who married a Mr. Burford, moved
to Arkansas, and after his death she became
the wife of Mr. Moore, and both are now
living at Pine Bluff, Arkansas; 'Jane, who
came to Bastrop county, Texas, in 1847,
married James Owens, and both are now
deceased; James, deceased at the age of
twenty-three years; William, came to Texas
in 1847, returned to his former State four
years later, and served through the late war;
Susan, deceased; and J. S., our subject.
John S. Smith was reared on a farm in
western Tennessee, and remained under 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/m1/652/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .