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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
career, August 12, 1892, he left a grand
army of 218,000 Baptists, all thoroughly organized
for effective work in missions, Sunday-schools,
colportage, Christian education,
homes for orphans and our aged preachers.
No man living or dead did more to attain
this glorious increase than did Brother Stribling."
\ M. VANDIVERE, a farmer of Jones
ALI\ prairie, Milam county, was born in
J Calhoun county, Georgia, March 31,
1847, and is a son of Ilnorene E.Vandivere,
wlho was born in South Carolina in
1816. Imorene E. Vandivere was a son of
Matthew Vandivere, who was born in South
Carolina in 1785. Matthew Vandivere married
a Miss Nelms of South Carolilia, who
bore him six children, four sons, Alphonzo,
Almorene, Alford and Albert, and two daughters,
Artimesia, who was married to Joseph
Williams, and Desdemona, wlho was married
to Blair Echols. The elder Vandivere was a
Baptist minister, as were also two of his sons,
Almorene and Albert, and devoted most of his
life to the service of his church, having also
served in the war of 1812. He moved early
in this century to Georgia, where he labored
till his death, which occurred in 1857. Almorene
E. Vandivere was reared in Georgia
and received his ed ucation in the select schools
of that State, enjoying the privilege of a three
years' course at Mercer University, then located
at old Penfield and the chief educational
institution of the State. He became converted
and joined the ch urch at the age of twentytwo,
ond three years later entered the ministry.
In 1838 he married Sarah McDow of
Cass county, Georgia, and in 1855 moved to
Alabama, where he joined the Alabama Asso
ciatioti and was assigned by the Missionary
Board of that association as missionary to the
Creek Indians. He contillue(l actively engaged
in gospel labors iln the Creek territory
until tlre opening of thle late war, ahen lie
came to Texas. Settling his family at Waco,
he entered the Confederate service, and from
1861 to 1865 was variously employed in the
commissary and transportation departments
in this State, continuing his gospel labors
among the soldiers, to whom he preached
whenever and wherever occasion offered.
After the war and until his death lie held
regular charges, being the pastor at Huntsville,
Walker county, and at Indepenldetce,
Washington conmity, and at Port Sullivan,
Cameron, North Elm, Little River Church and
Rockdale, Milam county. He became a resident
of Milam county in 1868 and remained
a resident of this county till his death, which
occurred ten years later. He was a zealous
aillnister and excellent citizen, and many of
the people of this county, especially in the
vicinity of Little River Church, where he was
longest stationed, have occlaion to remember
him with gratitude for his faithful services.
Ile was buried at Little River Church, which
marked the field of his most earnest labors.
His wife died iln 1875 in Milam county, and
was also buried at Little River burying
ground. Their children, five in number, are:
Fannie, the wife of Rev. W. J. Glazener of
this county, who has been a minister of the
Baptist Church thirty-eight years; Artimnissia,
who was married to Rev. H. F. Buckner, who
was a missionary among the Creek Indians
for thirty-eight years, and died and was buried
among the people; Desdemona, who died
at the age of fourteen, and was buried in
Clark county, Arkansas, in 1860; Alcidamons
M., the subject of this sketch, a:nd Alford B.
R., who lives in the Indian Territory.
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