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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
expenses, and had the farm well stocked with
catle, horses, mules, etc. Mr. Burleson joined
Company K, Seventeenth Texas Infantry, under
Captain John Tabor and Colonel R. T. P.
Allen, served in the Trans-Mississippi Department,
and was afterward transferred to
Company D, Twelfth Texas Cavalry, under
Colonel W. H. Parsons. He participated in
the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Yellow
Bayou, and was in all the engagements
against Banks from Mansfield to Alexandria,
Louisana. General Steel called for fifteen
volunteers to go in front of General Banks'
command, and to harrass then as long as was
deemed consistent. Mr. Burleson was one
of the number, but not placed in command
of the volunteers, and was with the scouts
continually in front of and some times in
General Banks' lines. He had many narrow
escapes from the enemy, and on one occasion,
while inside of General Banks' lines, and
near a canebrake, he was attacked by the
United States soldiers, and was obliged to
run into the cane. He afterwards made his
way to a Mr. Bradley's house, where the
general's cavalry was camped, remained
there with a comrade until twelve o'clock
that night, when a terrible rain storm drove
them to a cotten gin of Mr. Bradley, but
they there discovered about twenty-five Federal
soldiers sleeping, and they then returned
to the house for breakfast. Mr. Burleson
was chased to the cane brake a second time.
He was slightly wounded, but was never captured.
After the close of the struggle he
was engaged in farming two years, and in
1867 embarked in the mercantile business at
Lockhart. The venture proved unsuccessful;
he in 1869, purchased the farm where he
now resides, consisting of 320 acres of Colorado
river bottom land, located two/miles
west of Bastrop, a portion of his grand
mother Blakey's headright. Mr. Burleson
has added to his original purchase until he
now owns 1,200 acres, of this landright, 500
acres of which is under a fine state of cultivation,
where he makes a specialty of raising
Hereford cattle. His wife also owns 640
acres of land in Tom Green county.
February 14, 1860, our subject was united
in marriage with Miss Mattie A. Dorn, a
native of Mississippi, and a daughter of
Robert and Mary (Carson) Dorn. The Carson
family are related to Kit Carson, of
western fame. Mr. and Mrs. Dorn came to
Texas in 1849 or 1850, and engaged in farming
and stock-raising in Caldwell county.
He died in 1869, and his wife in 1879,
both having been members of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. They had seven
children, four of whom grew to years of maturity,
viz.: Sarah, who married Nathan Reed,
and both are now deceased; Eliza R., widow
of W. T. Reed; Martha A., widow of James
H. Duke: William, deceased; and Mattie A.,
wife of our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Burleson
have had eight children, namely: William E.,
of Edwards county, Texas; John A., also of
that county; and Robert D., Lemnel R.,
Bruce, Mattie M., Ula and Nannie, at home.
Mr. Burleson is independent in political matters,
and socially, is a member of the A. F.
& A. M, Gamble Lodge, No. 244, of Bastrop
Chapter, No. 195, and of the K. of H.
4 M 2ARK JONES, a pioneer and merchant
of Williamson county, was born in
j the province of Breslau, Germany,
in 1837, and received his education
in the common schools of that country. December
6, 1854, he came to America, landing
in New York, and, having served an appren
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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/m1/705/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .