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6 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Caldwell county, Texas. In 1856 they went
to Galifornia, where the father was killed by
a rolling log in 1869, and the maternal grandfather
of our subject was killed by a falling
house. Mr. Vickers was a man of good
business judgment, a member of the Methodist
Church, and a devoted Christian. The
Sanders family removed from Pennsylvania
to Ohio in an early day. Mr. and Mrs.
James Vickers had three children: Silas,
our subject; Caleb B., who was a resident of
Mexico when last heard from; and Caroline,
wife of W. J. Slaughter, of Frio county,
Texas. The mother died in 1850.
Silas Vickers was born in Logan county,
Ohio, March 21, 1828, and in 1845 came
with his parents to Texas. In 1857 he
moved from Caldwell county to Williamson
county, and in 1868 located on his present
farmn of 385 acres, fifty acres of which is
under a fine state of cultivation. The land
lies on the North Gabriel, ten miles west of
Georgetown. At the opening of the late war
Mr. Vickers enlisted in Company A, Thirtieth
Texas Cavalry, and served three years
in the Trans-Mississippi Department. He was
engaged principally in scouting service.
After returning from the war he found his
stock gone, and was obliging to begin life
anew. He takes no active part in politics,
but principally votes with the Democratic
August 14, 1851, in Lockhart, Caldwell
county, Texas, Mr. Vickers was united in
marriage to Mary J. Netherlin, who was
born and raised in Mississippi. She came
with her parents to Texas in 1848. To this
union have been born fourteen children, as
follows: Elizabeth, wife of G. G. Anderson,
of Williamson county; Louisa, wife of Jehu
Lockhart, of the same neighborhood; I/ddie,
deceased; Charles and James, of Willifmson
county; John F., deceased; Burnetta J., wife
of G. H. Fore, of Williamson county; R. E.
L. and Lewis C., also of this county; Sarah
0., wife of G. W. Phipps, of Fisher county;
and W. S., S. J., G. G., and C. E., at home.
Mrs. Vickers is a member of the Cumberland
^\ H. CARTER, business manager of
the mercantile firm of W. H. Carter
& Company, Elgin, was born in Marshall
county, Alabama, April 5, 1848,
a son of N. J. Carter. The latter was a plain,
unpretentious farmer, took no leading part
in politics or religion, but stood high in his
community as an upright and honorable gentleman.
He served as Justice of the Peace
a number of years, and also held other minor
offices. His death occurred November 10,
1881. Mr. Carter was twice married, and by
the first union there were two sons, both of
whom lost their lives in the late war. By his
second marriage he had eleven children, all
of whom reside in Texas: L. B., &. H., C.
M., C. H., G. N., J. C., T. N., J. W., J. L.,
Sally and Kate. The mother still survives,
and is a consistent member of the Methodist
A. H. Carter, the subject of this sketch, attended
the common schools for a time, and
then spent two terms in the high school. After
completing his education he taught school
until 1871, when he came to Texas.. He assisted
in building the railroad bridges to
Austin, and then rented 100 acres of land,
where he farmed on the shares. His first
year's profits were eight bales of cotton, for
which he received 14j cents a pound, and
1,400 bushels of corn, selling the latter for
$100. Mr. Carter taught school the follow
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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/m1/656/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .