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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 619~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
cago; William H., Barrington, Charles,
Mamie and Noble, at home. Mr. King has
taken the Red Cross degree in the Masonic
Order, and is Noble Grand in the I. 0. 0. F.
Both he and his wife are members and communicants
of the Episcopal Church.
S. PARK, junior mnenlber of the
)jY'I\ firm of Kerr & Park, general merchants
of Davilla, Milanm county, is a
native of Texas, having been born
in Washington county, January 4, 1844.
lie was reared in his native county and in
the city of Galveston, receiving his education
in the schools of the latter place and at the
Bastrop Military Institute which he was
attending at the opening of the late war.
He entered the Confederate army in 1861,
enlisting in Company A, Waul's Legion, with
which he served until the surrender. A late
history speaking of this command says:
"These troops served with credit throughout
the war. General Waul knew thoroughly the
topography of Mississippi, and by virtue of
the knowledge and his ability as a coin inander
he was assigned to arduous and responsible
positions. His legion and the gallant Second
Texas, commanded by that brave soldier,
Colonel Ashbel Smith, erected a fort at a
vital point on the Yazoo near the junction of
the Yalobusha and Tallahatchie rivers, and
repulsed the iron-clads commanded by the
Federal general. At Vicksburg it also served
with distinction suffering heavily during the
siege." The reputation thus gained was
fully sustained in the subsequent operations
in which it took part west of the Mississippi,
notably at Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Yellow
Bayou, and Jenkins' Ferry. Mr. Park was
with this command, and shared its fortunes
from first to last. At Vicksburg he received
several slight wounds, but was never disabled
for any considerable length of time
from duty. IHe was at Galveston at thle close
of the war, and as soon as he received his
discharge he secured a position as clerk in a
general mercantile establishment at Houston,
from which place after a year's residence he
returned to Galveston. Mr. Park clerked and
was in business for himself in that city until
1870, when he moved to Ocean Springs,
Mississippi, where he engaged in mercantile
pursuits until 1881 when he moved to
Milam county, settling at Davilla, where lie
engaged in merchandising, which he has followed
at that place since. Ile is also inte'ested
in the live-stock business, giving special
attention to the improvement of horses. He
takes a leading part in matters of interest
relating to his locality, especially to school
and church work. He is one of the solid,
reliable citizens of Davilla, and is justly
regarded by his neighbors and associates as
a man of strong character.
Mr. Park is a son of Moses and Sarah
(Ayers) Park, his father a native of Tennessee,
who came to Texas about 1835 or '36,
locating in Washington county. Sarah Ayers
was a native of New York, born November
12, 1822, and was brought by her parents to
Texas in 1833. Her father, David Ayers,
did a large and successful mercantile business
in the State at an early day. He was
one of the "Pioneers of Methodism" in
Texas, and gave largely of his means toward
building churches, and establishing Sundayschools.
He and his wife are buried in
Galveston. Moses Park and Sarah Ayers
were married in Washington county in 1840,
and in 1849 moved to Galveston, where he
died in 1855. The widow is still living. The
parents were married by the Rev. Robert
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