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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ing winter, and he then sent for his father
and family, and when the latter arrived in
this State he had only $50 in money. The
father and sons rented land two years, and
then purchased a small place. After the fainily
became settled, our subject again began
operations for himself, and took charge of
the farm he had first rented, where he remained
twelve years. At that time he liad
accumulated $2,000, and then he bought
a small tract of land for $350. His wife's
health then failed, and they went to Eureka
Springs, Arkansas, where she afterward died.
His money was then exhausted, and he subsequently
took his old position as superintendent
of the farm, where hejemained two
years, taught a country school one year, had
charge of the Elgin school one term, and in
June, 1886, entered the employment of W.
H. Rivers, as a clerk in his mercantile store.
His ability as a clerk was appreciated, and his
wages were increased from time to time. In
January, 1892, Mr. Rivers changed his occupation
from a merchant to banker, and, with
others, Mr. Carter purchased the business.
Ile is now one-third owner and business
manager of the establishment, and is the leading
man in all branches of the business.
During this season he purchased over 4,700
bales of cotton, and the firm carry a $20,000
rtoek of goods, and their annual sales
amount to $100,000. Five clerks, one bookkeeper
and two proprietors are kept busy in
looking after the business. Mr. Carter is also
a one-third owner in a large brick bllock
in this city, and has a handsome and commodious
In 1875 our subject was united in marriage
with Miss Clink, a daughter of Persly
A. and Sarah J. George, natives of Tennessee.
The parents came to Texas first in 1836,
and again in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Carter had
one child, Robert L.. now twelve years of age.
The wife and mother (lied at Eureka: Springs,
Arkansas, July 22, 1881, and August 27,
1884, Mr. Carter married Mi.ss Ida Brooks, a
daughter of Rev. C. H. Brooks, Presiding
Elder of the Methodist Churchl in Austin
district, Texas Couference. To this union
have been born five children: Calvin B., Sidney
E., Alford H., LeQnodtis R. and .lJaies
Lewi3. Mr. Carter gives his entire attention
to his business interests, takes no leading
part in politics, supports the Democratic
ticket, and is a member of tlhe Masonic traternity
and the Knights of honor. BToth lihe
and his wife are member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and the former is Stperintendent
of the Sunday-school.
'U S H. J 0 N E S, the leading lumber
dealer of Elgin, was born in Decatur,
Morgan county, Alabama, May 28,
1841, a son of Rev. William and
Cynthia (Reece) Jones, natives of Kentucky
and Tennessee, respectively. The father was
a son of Abediah Jones, a native of Scotland,
who subsequently located in Kentucky.
Rev. William Jones served as a Methodist
minister for forty-two years, and was also a
noted surveyor of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Jonesborough, in the latter State, was named
in his honor. His death occurred in Fayette
county, Texas, in 1851, and his wife survived
him until 1863. They were the parents of
twelve children, namely: Mary A., wife of
Levi Claybrook, who is engaged in railroad
work in Memphis, Tennessee; J. W. was a
soldier in the late war, was an agent for the
Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and was
killed by a train in 1888; Harriet, wife of
W. G. Stevenson, who is engaged in news.
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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/m1/657/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .