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HISTORY OP TEXAS.
ing, accumulated a comfortable income. He
contributes liberally to all worthy enterprises
calculated to benefit the community and lends
his influence to the advancement of religion
and morality, being justly regarded as a public-spirited
and worthy citizen.
r A. KING, one of the enterprising and
leading citizens of Elgin, lBastrop connty,
was born in Cobb county, Georgia,
December 16, 1842, a soin of Barrington and
Catherine (Nephew) King, natives also of that
State. The father was a son of Roswell
King, a native of Connecticut, who was the
first to engage in the gold mining business in
North Carolina. He afterward moved to
Georgia, where he followed farming, and next
took up his residence at Roswell, Cobb county,
that State. That city was named in his
honor, as was also the Roswell Manufacturing
Company. His death occurred in Cobb
county. The father of our subject was the
pioneer cotton manufacturer of Texas, and
the machinery for his mill was hauled by
wagons 150 miles. He continued that occupation
until his death, which occurred in 1868,
and the mother survived him until 1886, dying
at the age of ninety years. They were
the parents of twelve children, viz.: Charles
B., a Presbyterian minister; William N., a
physician by profession, served as a surgeon
in the army; Thomas E., who was killed at
the battle of Chickamauga, while serving on
General Smitli's staff; Barrington S., who was
a member of Wade Hampton's command in
the late war, and was killed in North Carolina,
while in service; Nephew, deceased;
Ralph B., of New York; Susan, deceased; C.
Evaline, wife of Rev. W. E. Baker, (Presbyterian
minister of Roswell, Georgia; Joseph
H., who was wounded in the war, is now engaged
in raising oranges in Florida; C. A.,
our subject; and the youngest died when in
C. A. King, the. subject of this sketch, received
a liberal education at the Georgia
Military Institute, and was engaged in the
cotton business in early life. He entered the
late War from his native State, was appointed
Sergeant Major of the Third Georgia Bat-.
talion, served principally in the army of Tennessee,
but on account of ill health, he was
subsequently put on staff duty at Vicksbnrg.
At the close of the struggle he was on General
Hardee's staff, in North Carolina. He
was captured at Vicksburg, paroled, and after
the close of the war he returned home. In
1861 Mr. King came to Texas, first locating
in Terrell, but in 1888 came to Elgin, Bastrop
county, where he has since been engaged
in the cotton business. He is the largest
cotton buyer and shipper of the city, handling
about 4,000 bales annually. It was
principally through his efforts that the town
of Elgin was incorporated; he was elected the
first Mayor after the incorporation, which position
he still holds; assisted in establishing
the water works; and is a stockholder in a
valuable and extensive brick manufactory.
They are now agitating the erection of a cotton
Mr. King was married in 1864, to Miss
Mary Hardee, a daughter of Noble A. Hardee,
and a niece of General Hardee, of United
States and Confederate armies. The former
was engaged in cotton factorage and co mission
business at Savannah for many years,
but subsequently went for his health to'Richfield
Springs, Ne'w York, where he died in
1869. Our subject and wife have had seven
children, viz.: Clifford A., engaged in the
cotton business in Monroe; John H., of Chi
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