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640 HISTORY OF TEXA&~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
now exists, and in the honesty and correct
impulses of his fellow-men. Of even temper,
frank, open nature, and genial, affable ways,
he has a host of friends, to all of whom he is
known, and by no other title addressed than
that of "Nat."
R. WILLIAM R. KENNARD, for
twenty-two years a practicing physi-
A/ cian of Milam county, was born in
Sumnter county, Alabama, September 29,
1834. His parents were James P. and
Minerva Kennard, natives of Tennessee, who
moved to Alabama about 1832. settling in
Sumter county, where they subsequently lived
and died, the mother dying in 1843, at the
age of thirty, and the father in 1873 at the
age of seventy. The father spent most of
his life engaged in agricultural pursuits and
merchandising, being also for sixteen years
Clerk of the District Court of Sumter county.
William R. Kennard was reared in his
native county in the select schools in which
lie received his early mental training. He
graduated in medicine from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1860, and located for the
practice of his profession in Miller county,
Missouri. On August 7, 1861, he married
Miss Josephine L. Dixon of that county. At
the opening of the late war he entered the
Confederate army enlisting in a Missouri
regiment which became part of Price's army
with which he served in the capacity of field
and hospital surgeon until the close of
After the war lie resided for six years
partly in Missouri and partly in Alabama,
engaged in the practice of his profession.
In the fall of 1871 he came to Tex/s, and
located in Milam county, west of the town
of Cameron where he resided until 1878,
at which time he took up his residence
in Rockdale which has since been his home.
He has been chiefly interested in the practice
of his profession and incidentally in the
drug business. He has met with reasonably
good success in both. He has served as
Mayor of Rockdale, has been a member of
the local School Board, assisted in organizing
the Milam County Medical Society of which
he was the first president, has been medical
examiner of Rockdale Lodge, Knights of
Honor, since 1878, and was for several years
a member of the Board of Medical Examiners
of Milam county, when the law creating
that board first went into operation. He
belongs to the Odd-Fellows, and for thirty
years has been a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Dr. Kennard's wif6 was born in Miller
county, Missouri, in 1840, and was there
reared, receiving her education in the schools
of that county, and at Palmyra and Columbia,
that State, graduating from the Christian
College of the latter place. She taught
one of the first public schools of Milam
county. Her parents were William P. and
Minerva Dixon who were born, the father
in North Carolina in 1812, and the mother
in Tennessee in 1824. The mother died in
1868 at the home of her brother, L. B.
Wilkes, at Lexington, Kentucky, whither she
had gone for medical treatment, and the
father in 1893, at the residence of his daughter,
Mrs. Kennard, with whom he had made his
home for a number of years. Mrs. Kennard
has two brothers, Thomas E. Dixon, living
in Vernon county, Missouri, and- William
Price Dixon, of Kansas City, Missouri, and
two sisters, Mary Luella, the wife of George
Golden, residing in San Antonia, Texas, and
Nannie, the wife of A. Spake, of Johnson
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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/m1/694/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .