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HiSTORY OF TEXAS. 72I
children. His father, who in early life possessed
an adventurous spirit, served in the
Indian wars in the Northwest Territory and
fought under General William H. Harrisonat
the battle of Tippecanoe. He also served
in the war by which Texas won its independence,
and took part in the battle of San
Jacinto. A fearless, genial, unselfish man,
fond of sport, possessing an accurate knowledge
of woodcraft and a remarkable memory
fur names, faces and localities, lie was well
adapted for the life he led: that of the Indian
fighter, citizen, soldier and pioneer, and in
his day and generation discharged all the
multifarious duties devolving upon him in
the several capacities in which lie was called
to act. He died at his homLe in Burleson
county, Texas, February 9, 1853. His wife
survived him a number of years, dying at the
same place, May 3, 1875. Only two of their
seven children are now living, the Doctor
and an older sister, Mrs. Sallie Downing, a
resident of Burleson county.
\W\ \ (C. LAWHON, a wealthy farmer
and enterprising citizen of Bastrop
county, Texas, has had a useful
career here and is well known and highly
respected. Of his life we present the following
W. C. Lawhon was born in McNairy
county, Tennessee, March 21, 1829, and
when lie was an infant was taken by his
parents to Alabama. When lihe was eight
years old they moved to Texas, that being
in 1837. Six years they lived in Red River
county, from there moved to Sabine county,
and in 1844 came to Bastrop county, settling
on Young's prairie, where, from wild land,
they developed a farm. On this farm the
subject of our sketch grew to manhood. Of
his educational opportunities it may be said
that he had two years of schooling. Ile remained
under the parental roof until 18534,
when lie married. In 1851 he began lnerchandising
near where he now lives, and carried
on business four years, at the end of
which time lie lost all his earthly possessions.
Without capital, but with renewed
energy, he started out again, determined to
succeed. Buying a tract of raw land in the
woods, he settled down to hard work, and,
ere long, his earnest efforts resulted in the
development of a fine farm. He still lives
on this place. As the years rolled by and
prosperity smiled upon himi, he purchased
other lands, until, at this writing, he is the
owner of 1,915 acres in three different farms.
He has 650 acres under cultivation, most of
which he rents. Cotton and corn are his
chief crops. In 1830 lib built a store and
opened out in business again, and for six
years did a successful business, at the end of
which time he closed out. In 1876 he built
a steamn-power gin and mill for public service,
and for some time was also engaged in
the manufacture of shingles.
Mr. Lawhon was elected a Justice of the
Peace in 1866, and served for more than a
dozen years, being re-elected from time to
time. He also served four years as Tax
Collector, and at the same time was County
Commissioner and Notary Public. During
the "'late unpleasantness" he volunteered
and served seven months, when, his health
failing, he was discharged and returned
home. Atter his health improved lie was
detailed as freighter for the Government,
continuing as such until the close of the
war. The war over, he resumed farming.
During ten years of the time he served as
Justice of the Peace lie held inquests over
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