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the birth-place of Mr. Joynes, in which
county his parents were also born. His
father, John R. Joynes, was engaged in planting
for many years in Accomack county, but
as a resident in later life of the city of Norfolk,
where he followed the business of shipcarpenter
and joiner. [le caine to Texas in
1875 and died in Rockdale, June 11, 1881,
in the seventy-second year of his age, having
been born March 12, 1812. Ile came of old
Virginia stock, the date his ancestors settled
in the old State being so remote that it has
not been preserved in the records or traditions
of the family. He was a son of William
Joynes who was also a planter of Accomack
county and a soldier in the war of 1812.
Susan (Colonna) Joynes, the mother of the
subject of this sketch was born in 1817 and
died in 1854, being a daughter of Wiiliamn
and Elizabeth Colonria, and an industrious,
devout, good woman. Both father and
mother were members of the Methodist
Solon Joynes is the eldest of five children
born to his parents, but is one of eight, there
being three others by his father's second
marriage. He was born April 26, 1838, and
was reared principally in the city of Norfolk,
whither his parents moved when he was
young. His education was obtained in the
private schools of Hampton and Norfolk. He
entered a commission house at the latter
place at the age of sixteen where he remained
till the opening of the late war. He entered
the Confederate army early in 1861, enlisting
in the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues, with
which he served in the army of Northern
Virginia till the close of the war. He was
literally "4 in the thick of the fight" throughout
the entire struggle being present and
taking part in all of the principal engagements
that were fought on Virginia, Mary
land and Pennsylvania soil and some naval
engagements that occurred in that vicinity.
His battalion opened the fired at the first battle
of Fredericksburg and at Chancellors ille and
was one of the first to take position at Gettysburg
and Petersburg. He took part as a
member of the land force in the engagement
between the Merrimac and Monitor in IIamp.
ton Roads in 1862. At the fall of Petersburg
he was taken prisoner and conveyed to
Point Lookout where he was held until
The war over Mr. Joynes returned to Norfolk
where lie went to work in a commission
house, and remained for ten months. lHe
then came to Texas in the fall of 1866 and
located at Galveston. At that place he resunmed
the commission business in partnership
with his brother under the firm name of
J. R. Joynes & Co., and remained there until
the city was depopulated by the yellowfever
scourge of the following year. He then
came out on the line of the Houston & Texas
Central Railroad and followed the terminal
of that road to Red river in north Texas, engaged
in buying cotton and merchandising
in connection with the firm of Littlefield &
Company of Bryan. In 1873 he went to
Hearne, the initial point of the International
& Great Northern Railroad and
following the terminal of that road west of
the Rio Grande, engaged in the same business.
He then located permanently in
Rockdale and began his business on a settled
basis and has since resided here. He weighed
and shipped the first bale of cotton ever
weighed and shipped out of the town, this
being February 4, 1874, and since that time
he has bought and shipped thousands and
thousands of dollars' worth of the product
besides handling a large amount of grain,
machinery and implements.
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