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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 665
trade between the Indians and whites. In
1833, Mr. Love removed to Kentucky, one.
year later went to Mississippi, in 1839 came
overland from Salem, that State, to Travis
county, Texas, and three years afterward went
to Rusk county, where lie was engaged in
farming and stock raising. Mr. and Mrs.
Love were the parents of eight children,
viz.: Martin A., of Llano county, Texas;
John W., of Gonzales county, David 0., deceased,
was a ranger in the State service,
and was on the expedition to San Antonio;
Mary E., widow of William Griffin, and a
resident of Rusk county, Ellen J., wife of
our subject; Alexander H. and Wesley L.,
of Coryell county, and Leonard R, of Fort
Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Love died in Coryell
county, and were buried at Gatesville. Mr.
and Mrs. Darlington have had ten children,
namely: Mary J., widow of John Cavenaugh;
J. B.; Martha A., wife of Lemuel Baker;
Thomas J.; Maggie, wife of A. B. Kennedy;
B. F.; W. W.; H. W., deceased; W. L.; and
Ella, widow of Lou Twining.
In political matters, iMr. Darlington affiliates
with the Democratic party, and socially,
is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and of
the Veteran Association. Both he and his
wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. They have just passed the
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding.
I (RS. MARTHA A. REYNOLDS, is
the oldest person in point of residence
now living in the city of Bastrop,
where she located in 1832, at the age
of four years. She was left fatherless during
the following year, by the tomahawks of the
cruel Comanches; participated in the stain,pede
of 1836, and endured the many hard
ships and privations incident to the frontier
in the early times. She was born in Pike
county, Illinois, iIn 1829, and is a daughter
of Thomas and Mary (IBuchanan) Christian.
The Christian family are of English descent,
and located in Virginia in colonial times.
The grandfather of our subject, Benjatnin
Christian, was born and raised in Bedford
county, that State, and was a soldier in the
Revolutionary war. Ile married a Miss
Greenup, and several years later moved to
Wayne county, Kentucky, where lie subsequently
Thomas Christian, the father of our subject,
was born in Virginia, and was ten years
of age when the family Inoved to Kentucky.
His wife was a native of Wythe county, Virginia,
and was married in Wayne county,
Kentucky, while there on a visit. lMr. and
Mrs. Christian soon afterward returned to
Wytlle county, several years later removed to
Pike county, Illinois, and in 1832 the fainily
then consisting of six persons came to Texas.
In the following spring they landed inl the
newly located town of Bastrop. A lot was
selected on the river bank, now occupied by
the residence of widow Hutchison, and they
erected the fifth house in the place. In the
following season, on account of there being
no cleared land there to cultivate, the family
moved to the settlement known as Webberville,
where land was secured and a crop of
corn planted. The following summer thQ
tragic death of the father occurred, a full account
of which may be found in Wilbarger's
historical work. Mr. Christian had gone
with a small company of men to locate claims,
and August 22. on Walnut creek, about six
miles south of where Austin now stands, they
were attacked by a band of thirty Comanche
Indians. There were but five white men,
two of whom, Strother and Christian, were
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