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ing the office of Cattle Inspector, which he
held for about fifteen years. He interests
himself in both county and State politics and
is a leader in these matters in the locality
where he resides, being a stanch Democrat
with progressive ideas.
In 1857 Mr. Henderson married Miss Mary
Dobbins, of Milam county, daughter of William
Dobbins, deceased, and a niece of John
Cullins, the man for whom Mr. Henderson
first worked when he came to this county.
They had twelve children, five of whom are
deceased: Walter, R. B., Catherine, Anna
and Lillie. The others are J. T., William,
Richard, Mary E., Jennie, Eugenia and Henry
C., most of whom are grown and married.
The wife and mother died in June 1880.
February 2, 1881, Mr. Henderson married
Miss Mary Avera, a native of Mississippi,
born March 19, 1855. Her father, H. R.
Avera, moved to Texas in 1868, first settled
in Robertson county, and from there moved
to Bell county, where Mr. and Mrs. Henderson
were married. They have seven sons and
one daughter, namely: Walter, Carrie, Hardie,
Thomas, Earnest, Alexander, Julius and
Mr. Henderson was made a Mason in 1861,
and has been an active member of the order
ever since. He takes a prominent part in
everything relating to the welfare of the community
where he lives, being always ready to
encourage every worthy purpose looking tp
the upbuilding of the material, moral, social
and religious interests of society.
OHRN W. DARLINGTON, one of the
I pioneer settlers and leading farmers of
Texa"s; was born in Virginia, February
5, 1821, a son of John Darlington, a native
of Ireland. lie came to America when a
young man, was a soldier in the war of 1812,
in the battle of New Orleans, and was with
Lewis and Clarke in their exploring expedition
across the Rocky mountains, which was
the first expedition sent by the Government
to cross to the Pacific. He was a well
educated man and followed teaching as a
profession. After returning to Virginia,
Mr. Darlington met and married Mrs. Henrietta
Nuzum, a daughter of Stansburry, and
Sarah (Kinzie) Lang, of Scotch-Irish parentage.
The father was also a soldier in the
war of 1812. Mr. and Mrs. Darlington had
two children,-Mary, formerly of Virginia,
and John W., our subject. The father died
in 1820, a short time before the birth of
John W. Darlington, the subject of this
sketch, came to Texas January 14, 1838,
landing in what is now Matagorda, but a
short time afterward came to what is now
Wharton county. In May, 1838, he located
in Bastrop, now Travis county, where he
remained sick with the chills one year. In
the spring of 1839 Mr. Darlington engaged
in freighting with ox teams from Houston to
Bastrop, and later went to Austin, where he
worked on the first public buildings of the
Republic of Texas in that city, the lumber
of which the State House and Governor's
mansion was made having been sawed by
hand, in which Mr. Darlington assisted. The
first contractor, Mr. Porter, never paid many
of his men, our subject being among the
number. In 1840 he worked on a farm in
Travis county, in 1841-2 followed that occupation,
on the shares in the same county, and
in 1842 was called out to repel a Mexican
invasion, under General Vasquez. They came
to take San Antonio, and committed many
depredations. The little band of which Mr.
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