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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
fifty-six dead bodies. He rendered 4,000
judgments, only two of which cases were
ever appealed, and during that time lihe
also married many couples. Few men in
the county are better known than lie, or
stand higher in the estimation of the people.
During his early life he'did a great
deal of hunting. The Indians were often
committing depredations all around, but they
never molested him.
Mr. Lawhon is a son of H. M. and Ann
(Young) Lawhon, the former a native of
Knoxville, Tennessee, and the latter of
Georgia. The Lawhons are of Scotch-Irish
descent. H. M. Lawson's youngest brother,
David Lawhon, caine to this State with Sam
Houston, and with that noted pioneer edited
the first paper in Texas, published at Nacogdoches.
The father of our subject served
throughout the Mexican war of 1846-7, and
for many years was a Justice of the Peace
here. He died at this place in 1876, at the
age of seventy-two years, his wife having
survived him until 1878. W. C. Lawhon
was the second-born in their family of children,
all of whom were in Texas, namely:
Frances, who married Parson Rankins, is
deceased; W. C.; Martha, wife of J. W.
Whitaker, a Grayson county farmer; David,
a farmer and Methodist minister of Burnet
county: Mary A., wife of J. L. Wolf; Elizabeth,
wife of J. W. Stanifer, is deceased;
John M., a Baptist minister, resides in
Grayson county; and Rachel, who died
Mr. Lawlion married Jane Staniter, who
was born in Bastrop county, Texas, January
14, 1839, daughter of J. W. Stanifer. Her
father went from his native State, Illinois,
to Alabama, where he married, and from
whence, in 1828, he came to Texa/ Mr.
and Mrs. Lawhon had a family of fifteen
children, two of whom died in infancy. The
others are as follows: Mary E., wife of J.
T. Sanders, a Bastrop county farmer; Eliza,
wife of J. W. Daley, deceased; John T., a
book-keeper at Elgin, Texas; Arinda, wife
of J. M. Braughton, is deceased; W. A.,
Charles P. and James A., engaged in farming
in this county; C. E. and A. J., at home;
Frances E., wife of W. P. Bird, a farmer of
this county, and Emma, Louis and Sidney J.,
Fraternally, Mr. Lawhon is an I. 0. 0. F.;
politically, a " dyed-in-the-wool" Democrat.
Both he and his wife are members of the
AVID ALLDAY, of Jones prairie,
Milam county, was born in Burke
county, Georgia, September 7, 1831.
His father, Peter Allday, was born in the same
county and State, February 5, 1794, and was
there reared. December 23, 1824, he married
Louisa Ward, daughter of the Rev.
Frank Ward, of Georgia, whose wife was a
Miss Baton, whose ancestors settled and
nanled Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The children
of Mr. and Mrs. Ward were: James,
Charles, Frank, Gus, Louisa and Amelia.
Peter Aliday enlisted for service in the
war of 1812, but made only two days' march
toward reinforcing Jackson, near New Orleans,
when the news of that battle reached
his ears. He returned to the farm, and
there engaged in farming till 1855, when he
came to Texas, settling in Milam county,
where he died May 21, 1867, still engaged in
farming till his death. He possessed good
judgment, but never accumulated a great
deal of property. He was a consistent member
of the Methodist Church, and was much
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/677/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .