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IiSTORY OF T E X A S~i;13
gle, and surrendered with Lee's army. He
then remained at home until 1867, when lihe
came to Texas, spending the first four years
in Webberville, Travis county. During the
following four years he lived on Wilbarger
creek, in Bastrop county, and then purchased
his present farm of 817 acres, 400 acres of
which are now under a good state of cultivation.
In 1877 Mr. Templeton built a steampower
gin, with all modern improvements,
and in 1889 opened a general stock of merchandise
in this city, and later built a residence
near the store. He rents most of his
land, and gives his attention to ginning and
In 1871 Mr. Templeton was united in
marriage to Miss Addie Harris, who was born
in Mississippi, in 1847, a daughter of Claibourne
and Rhody Harris, natives of Tennessee.
The parents came to Texas in 1854,
and located on a farm in Bastrop county.
Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Templetonl
have had six children, five now living,
namely: Enmma, Lee, Edmiond, Claib and
Preston, all attending school. Mrs. Templeton
is a member of the Methodist Church.
Our subject takes an interest in political matters,
and votes with the Democratic party.
W. WATSON, the' subject of this
sketch, is a worthy representative of
one of the early-settled families of
Texas, being a son of William B. and Margaret
Watson, the former of whom came to
Texas in December, 1836, and the latter in
January, 1840. William B. Watson was a
native of North Carolina where he was born
May 5, 1816. Ile grew up in his native
State and cast his fortunes with the infant
Republic of Texas before he had reached llis
majority. His first place of resilience in
Texas was San Augustine county. Later lie
lived in Travis andl Bastrop counties. IIe
married in San Augcustine in 1839, and in
1817 settled in Burleson county, which he
made his home from that date until his death,
January 23, 1874. When a young man he
was variously engaged, principally however
in freighting and carpentering. Ite made
cotton-wood shingles in Travis for some time
during his residence there, furnishing these
for a nulmler of the buildings t]lat were
erected in Austin at an earlier day. He was
in many frontier expeditions and bore armls
under General Thomas J. Rusk in the noted
Cherokee war of 1838. After settling in
Burleson county lie devoted himself to agricultural
pursuits and stock-raising on a small
scale. His wife, whose maiden name was
Margaret Buie, was born in Moore county,
North Carolina, about 1810. Her father was
William Buie, who was in his day a very
prominent and useful man in his State and
county. He was for very many years a nmemher
of the Legislature from his county, was
the strongest man, politically, in his county,
and was never defeated for office. Her
mother's maiden name was Margaret Mc
Iver. Mrs. Watson left North Carolina in
1836, and after remaining in Tennessee about
one year removed with her brother to Texas,
where she married William B. Watson. She
was a cousin of the celebrated Colonel James
She died in Burleson county in 1849. Four
children were the issue of this marriage:
Mary Jane, who was married to E. AM. Ellis
and is now deceased; Sarah Ann, who was
married to L. A. McAuley; Catherine; Louisa,
who was married to S.C. . House and William
W. the subject of this sketch.
HISTORY OF TEXAS.
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