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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
paper work on the Memphis Appeal; Thomas
S., who served through the Civil war, and
was engaged as a railroad agent, died about
1869; Margaret is the wife of a Mr. Thomas
Fluellen, who is also engaged in railroad
work; R. P., who served through the late
war, is a resident of Elgin; Cynthia 13., wife
of R. W. Davis, of this city; William E.,
who was several times wounded in the war,
now draws a pension, and resides at Houston;
Turner, deceased when young; Gus H., our
subject; Frank R., a druggist of Austin; and
Martha, who died of yellow fever at Washington.
Gus H. Jones came to Texas with his parents
in 1849, locating in La Grange, Fayette
county, and in 1852 came to Bastrop county.
In 1861 he was one of the first to enlist in
the Confederate service from this part of the
country, entering Ford's command, was sent
to the Rio Grande, but eight months later
joined De Bray's regiment, consigned to the
Trans..Mississippi Department, and took part
in many battles in Texas, Louisiana and
Arkansas. He was never wounded or captured,
but at one time his horse was shot
while .inder him. Mr. Jones was at Galveston
island at the time of the surrender, after
which, in July, 1865, he located in Navasota,
Texas. For the following four years he was
engaged in the newspaper business on the
Navasota Courier, but in 1869 sold his paper
and returned to Bastrop county. After arriving
in this county he purchased a farm,
and also followed saw and grist milling and
cotton ginning. The town of Elgin was laid
out in 1873, and in the following year he
embarked in the lumber business in this city,
where he now carries a full stock of building
material, paints, oils, nails, etc.
In 1864 Mr. Jones was united in martage
to Miss Emmna Mitchell, who was born Jan
nary 13, 1847, a daughter of John H.
Mitchell, of Grimes county, Texas. He was
a leader in politics, a strong Union man, and
during the late war he went to Mexico, where
he remained twenty-three years. His death
occurred in this State in 1892. Our subject
and wife have had five children, three nbw
living: Mabel F., wife of A. Roberts, of.
Elgin; and Mitchell and Maud at home. Mr.
Jones affiliates with the Democratic party, is
a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and the Knights
of Honor, and both he and his wife are members
of the Methodist Church.
B ENJAMIN P. TEMPLETON, one of
the enterprising business men of Bastrop
county, was born in Lawrens district,
South Carolina, February 2, 1845, a
son of B. 0. and Mary (Goodwin) Templeton,
natives also of that State, the former of English
and the latter of Welch and English
descent. They were the parents of seven
children: Margery, Frances, Benjamin P.,
Isabella, Giles, Lumas and Mary.
Benjamin P. Templeton, the only one of
the family to come to Texas, remained at
home until the opening of the late war. In
the fall of 1861 he enlisted in Company F,
Fourteenth South Carolina Infantry, was consigned
to the Army of Virginia, A. P. Hill's
Division, Jackson's Corps, and took part in
all the battles and skirmishes of the division
from Seven Pines to Appomattox, with the
exception of Gettysburg. He was slightly
wounded at Frazier's Farm and Chantilla,
and at Chancellorsville was shot through the
thigh, which rendered himi unable for service
four months, and during that time the battle
of Gettysburg was fought. Mr. Templeton
was at Appomattox at the close of the strug
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