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o_6 ilJSTORY OF TEXAS.
Mr. Joynes has been Commissioner of
Milim county, Alderman of Rockdale, Mayor
pro tern. of the City Council, President of
the City School Board and was founder and
first president of the Business Men's Associa'
tion of Rockdale and has served in other official
and semi-official capacities connected
with the administration of town and county
affairs. Whatever has been of interest to
the people among whom he has lived he has
actively interested himself in end has always
borne his share of the expense of every public
When he came to the State he was a single
man. In 1872 he married Sophia, a daughter
of J. W. McCown, Sr., and sister of J. W.
McCown Jr., a sketch of whose lives appears
elsewhere in this volume. This lady died in
March, 1877, at the age of thirty-five leaving
surviving her but one son, John W., who is
now a student at the State University. April
29, 1879, Mr. Joynes married Florence, a
daughter of Benjamin F. Hubert, an old
settler of this State, mention of whom will
be found in the sketch of Frank W. R. Hubert
in this volume. By this marriage he
has had three children: Hester, Susan C. and
Mr. and Mrs. Joynes are communicants of
the Episcopal Church of which he is a
Warden. He is also a member of the Knights
of Honor, Uniform Rank, in which he is
Senior Past Commander. He is an apprenticed
Mason, and, in politics, a Democrat.
As a citizen, soldier, business man and
public servant, Mr. Joynes' reputation is now
fairly made, the record in a great measure'
being closed. He has always shown himself
worthy of confidence reposed in him by his
fellowmen and has labored without thought
of reward, making duty his sole counDellor
and guide in all that he has done. A1ls has
been an unpretentious life, yet in years to
come when the remote descendants of the
first settlers of Rockdale look back among
the records for the names of the bd early
fathers " it is doubtful if any of them will
have reason to feel more sincere pride in the
part taken by their ,, kith and kin " in the
making of the city than his will have.
H W ILLIAM B. WOODY, Postmaster
of Rockdale, aad secretary and general
manager of the Rockdale Mining
and Manufacturing Company, was born'
in Halifax county, Virginia, January 13,
1848. His parents were Samiuel B. and Mary
A. Woody, both of whom were also natives
of the Old Dominion. Samuel B. Woody
was a son of John and Mary Betts Woody,
natives of Virginia. John Woody was a
planter of the old regime, a man of wealth
and influence, one who lived in elegant style
and enjoyed the esteem and friendship of
those among whom he lived. He died in
1841 at an advanced age. Mary Betts was a
daughter of Captain Elisha Betts, also a Virginia
planter and a soldier in the war of
1812, where he obtained his title by meritorious
services. He died in 1866 at the advanced
age of eighty; Mary Betts Woody
died in 1857. Samuel B. Woody was the
eldest of eight children born to his parents.
He married Mary A. Blackwell, only child of
William James Blackwell, both parents dying
when she was an infant. She -was born in
1828 and is still living, being now a resident
of Louisville, Kentucky, where she makes
her home with her son, Dr. S. E. Woody,
Professor of Chemistry in the Kentucky
School of Medicine. Samuel B. Woody was
born in 1818 and died in 1855. He was a
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