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IILsTORY OF TEXAS. 607
parental roof until 1851. In that year lihe
came to Texas, spent the first year in school
at Brenham, and since that time had resided
in lBastrop county. Ile has l)ought and sold
large tracts of land, but still owns five farns,
consisting of 1,500 acres, (00 acres of which
is under cultivation. Mr. Smith also owns
a store building in Elgin. In 1861 lihe
entered the Confederate army, but soon
afterward hired a substitute for eighteen
months. The rules of the army made all
substitutes serve for themselves, and lie was
again obliged to enter the army, after which
he was engaged principally in driving beef
In 1852 Mr. Smith married Miss Sarah B.,
a daughter of Thomas Christian. a native of
Virginia. He subsequently moved to Illinois,
and in 1832 came to Texas. He was
the first man killed by the Indians on Colorado
river, while out with a surveying party.
A Mr. Wilbarger was shot and scalped at the
same tine, and left for dead, but he afterwards
recovered. Mr. Christian was an
enterprising pioneer, and received a claim to
a league of land where Elgin is now located.
He was living on the Colorado river, near
where Bastrop now stands, at the time of his
death, having never moved to his claim.
After his death his widow, with five children,
located on the claim, but the Indians and
Mexicans soon afterward invaded the country,
and she crossed the Sabine river with the
other settlers. She was twice obliged to
leave her home for safety, and her death occurred
in this county in 1866. Mr. and
Mrs. Christian had five children: Ann E.,
deceased, was the wife of P. Borden; John,
who engaged in fighting the Indians when
about ten years old, was in many battles and
finally died. in 'olumbus, Texas; Nancy, wife
of Thomas H. Gatlin; Jane, now Mrs. J. E.
Tisdal; and Sarah 1B., married Mr. Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith had seven children:
Alice, wife of P. P. Woods; Ann W., who
married A. J. Brooks; James B., a farmer
and stock raiser of New Mexico; Ilirani 13.,
a merchant of Elgin; W. A., a partner in
business with his brother; Mary R., wife of
I. L. Sloop; and Nancy F., at home. The
wife and ,mother died March 30, 1872. In
1877, Mr. Smith married Mrs. Garret, widow
of Judge Garret and a daughter of Dr. Barbee.
The latter was a native of Kentucky,
butt came to Williamson county, Texas, in an
early day, where lie practiced his profession
many years. Mrs. Smith was well educated.
and was an assistant teacher in the high
school at Salado, Texas. By her first ,marriage
she had one son, Clide B. Garret, who
was raised by Mr. Smith, and is now attending
Vanderbilt University, of Tennessee.
He is a licensed Methodist minister. Mr.
Smn ith is identified with the Democratic party,
is a Royal Arch Mason and Master of Elgin
Lodge, and has been a member of the
Methodist Church for thirty-eight years, of
which his wife is also a member.
r f Ar F. MAGEE, one of the representaYIjl
tive farmers of Williamson county,
was born in Yalobusha county, Mississippi,
December 2, 1837, a son of
James and Edna (Dawson) Magee. The
father was a son of Patrick Magee, who came
from Ireland to the then Territory of Missouri,
where he followed agricultural pursuits.
James Magee was born in that State, and
married there, moving with his widowed
mother to Tennessee, and thence to Mississippi,
where he died in 1861. James Magee's
widow, now ninety-two years of age,
resides with a daughter in Caldwell county,
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