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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 669
and while a resident of Austin he was identified
with some local organizations of a civil
and social nature. He is a member of the
Knights of HIonor, and he and his wife are
both members of the Presbyterian Church.
They have a family of three living children.
Coral, May Cunningham and John Vincent,
their third child, Robert Gilbert, being deceased.
TOHN L. MITCHELL, of Clarkson, Mi/
lam county, Texas, is the subject of the
present sketch. This vicinity is one of
the finest and most fertile parts of the State
of Texas. Although not more than a decade
has passed since it began to be settled, many
of its farmers show that thrift and enterprise
which might reasonably be expected in a
country of twice its age. Our subject is one
of the successful men of the locality mentioned,
and, strictly speaking, he came to
Milam county without means. He came from
Robertson county, where in conjunction with
his father and brothers he conducted a farm
for eight years in the Brazos bottoms. They
had come to Robertson from Lavaca county,
where they resided only eight months, it
being their first point of location in Texas.
Tilling the soil has always been the occupation
of our subject. He learned to raise cotton
and corn early in life, but did not prosper
much at it until he reached old Milam county,
and here year after year he found his bank
account increasing, and in 1879 he felt able
to own a farm and in consequence bought 100
acres, and since that time he has reposed under
his own vine and fig tree.
Before selling out in 1885, our subject had
added seventy acres to his original purchase.
The same year he bought 143 acres of his
present tract and his success has enabled him
to increase it to 500 acres, all fine, black,
fertile land. He is cultivating 200 acres
chiefly in cotton, and in 1891 his crop was
eighty bales, and in 1892, it was ninety-five
bales. Mr. Mitchell utilizes his cotton-seed
in the feeding of beef-cattle every year, from
fifty to seventy-five head selling on the local
market each year, and he is looked upon as
one of the rising young men of this county.
Our subject was born in Union county,
Arkansas, in 1851, b)lit obtained only a limnited
school training. The Civil war was responsible
for the unhealthy condition of both
pul)lic and private education, and thousands
of boys were launched into manhood with
untrained minds as a result. At the age of
eighteen Mr. Mitchell came to Texas with his
father, making a stop in Lavaca county.
John A. Mitchell, the father of cur subject,
was born in South Carolina in 1814 and had
emigrated with his father, Thomas Mitchell,
born in Ireland, to the State of Alabama, and
there lie grew to man's estate. He learned
the trade of carpenter, but used it only as a
convenience in after life. His father followed
blacksmithing in middle life, but later settled
down to farming. J. A. Mitchell was not
subject to military duty, having lost one of
his arms in a saw-mill a few years before, but
during the Rebellion sArved in the commissary
department of the Confederate army.
Mr. Mitchell moved to Arkansas about 1840.
Four years before, he married Martha, the
daughter of Joseph Holloway, who married
a Miss Newton.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Mitchell were: James, deceased; Elizabeth,
wife of T. F. Johnson, a merchant of Waco;
Eliza, deceased, wife of T. E. Mitchell, leaving
one child; Maggie first married Benson
Kelley and then J. W. MeGowen of Waco;
Edward J., a resident of Clarkson; John L.,
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