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 Page: 653
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HISTORY OF TEXAS. (*53~~~~~~~~~~~~~_
and consequent self-reliance. Iie at once set
about to repair his broken fortunes and prepare
for the support of his numerous dependents.
The war, having wrought so iany
changes and troubles, of which their old
homes constantly reminded them, they decided
to forsake the old scenes and seek new
fields in the West. Accordingly, in 1868,
he again decided to cast his lot in the unsettled
and frontier section of the Lone Star
State, and, consequently, sold his old home and
removed to Williamson county, where lie remained
fourteen years. In 1882, he again
moved, this time settling in Llano county,
which has since been his home, and where he is
being tenderly cared for in his declining days
by his son, Joseph. Thus, the greater part
of this noble old man's ninety years of life
has been spent in building up and developing
new country, making possible the benefits
and pleasures of civilization, which his
posterity, and those who have more recently
moved into the State, now enjoy.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. May were the parrents
of fourteen children: Morris, now resident
of Burnet county, Texas; Milton, previously
mentioned, who was killed in the
war; Albert G., who, after spending the best
of his life as a circuit rider in the work of
the Methodist Church, on the Texas frontier,
now resides in Pittsburg, that State; Leonard
is a prosperous merchant in the State
of Iowa; Joseph, with whom the subject of
this sketch now lives, resides on a farm in
Llano county; Sarah; Julia; Elizabeth and
Margaret are deceased, and also three others,
who died earlier in life; Caroline lives in
Williamson county, and Enmeline resides in
Bell county. The devoted wife and mother
of this family was heart-broken by the troubles
of the war, and, after lingering a few
years, she passed away, to enjoy, in a better
world, that reward to which her noble services
in this life had so richly entitled hie'.
The descendents of this family now nu1mll,)r
more than sixty grandchildren, and 120
great-grandchildren, all of whom are active
inen bers of society, and among the best
citizens of their various communities.
While Mr. MAay is a hero, and a veteran
soldier of the war, lie lhas not neglected the
better part of his life. He professed religion
and joined the Methodist Church when
quite a young man, and hlas spent nearly
seventy years as a consistent and model
Christian. He says the greatest satisfaction
and comfort of his declining years, as it lias
always been, is his religion, which fact is
typified itn his upright, noble career, Oil
which his friends may jnstly reflect with
gratification, and his country muse with
pride and reverence.
E DWARD BLAKEY BURLESON,
one of the first white male children born
I in Bastrop county, in 1838, is a son of
Jonathan and Nancy B. (Blakey) Burleson,
natives of South Carolina and Kentucky.
The paternal grandfather of our subject,
James B. Burleson, was twice married, and
was a father of the following: Sarah, who
married Robert Thrasher; Joseph; General
Edward, deceased in 1852, while a member
of the State Senate; Volley, who married
Ezekiel Owens; Nancy, who become the wife
of Joseph Rodgers; Rachel, married James
Rodgers; Mary, who married Martin Taylor;
Janmes; Jake, who was killed in the battle of
Brushy Creek; John; Jonathan; Aaron; and
Elizabeth, familiarly known as Bettie, married
Charles Brooks, and, resides' at George
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