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IISTOR Y OF TEXAS.
was never wounded or captured, and spent
but little time at home on account of sickness.
From Charlotte, North Carolina, to
Oglethorpe county, Georgia, Mr. Hill rode
his own horse; from there to the central part
of the State had Government transportation,
and froni central Georgia paid his own way
home, landing in this county November 18,
1865. At the time of the surrender lie had
but $5 in greenbacks. Since returning home
from the war Mr. Hill has followed agricultural
pursuits, now owning 750 acres of
land. In 1891 he erected a beautiful residence
in Smithville, and since that time llas
made his home in this city.
December 25, 1866, he was married to
Miss Nannie Aldridge, a native of Tennessee,
and a daughter of John and Eliza (HIickerson)
Aldridge. The parents came to Texas
in 1852, when Mrs. Hill was quite small,
and the father engaged in farming and stockraising
near Bastrop. He was the first to
introduce the Durham breed of cattle in this
county. Mr. Aldridge departed this life in
1862, and his wife survived him until 1869.
They were the parents of six children: Mariah,
wife of Thomas J. Smith; John H., of Parker
county, Texas; Nannie, wife of our subject;
Walter; William; and Mattie, wife of E. D.
Oliver, of Weatherford, Texas. Mr. and Mrs.
flill have had three children: Susie B., the
wife of G. W. Jones, Jr.; Walter A. and
Thomas 0. Mr. Hill is a member of the A.
F. & A. M., J. Nixon Lodge, No. 421, and
of Bastrop Chapter, No. 95.
S O. EIDMAN, a farmer and stockraiser
of Williamson county, Texas,
was born in Europe, July 8, 1834, a
son of Scanion 0. and Catherine (Kraft) Eid
man, natives also of Germany. The parents
came to America in July, 1886, locating in
San Felipe, Austin county, Texas, where the
father died three weeks later, aged fifty-four
years. He was a merchant in the old country,
could speak five different languages fluently,
and was a fine scholar. Mr. Eidnian served
in the European war in 1812, and for services
there would have been entitled to a pension
all his life had lie lived, the family also being
deprived of the same by coming to this
country. Our subject now has in his possession
a medal, awarded to his father for courage
and bravery by the German Government,
in 1812. Mr. and Mrs. Eidman were tlle
parents of eight children, viz.: S. O., uur
subject; Louie, who died in Austin county,
Texas, during the war; Frederick G., who
served in the same company as his brother,
Colonel Terry's Regiment, served through
the entire struggle, and died in 1877, leaving
one child, Fred G., now attending the
Southwestern University; Charles, who was
accidentally shot before the war; Catherine,
wife of F. A. Berner; Mollie J., wife of John
W. Allen, of Sealy, Texas; Lizette and Frederick
G, twins, and the former died when a
babe, in 1846. Frederick G. married Mattie
English, and she departed this life just thirty
days after her husband's death, in 1877. Mr.
Eidman, the father of our subject was twice
married, and by his first marriage he had
one child, Nettie, who was married to Jacob
Hill, of San Felipe, but died about twelve
months after marrying. The mother of our
subject died in 1866, at the age of fifty-five
years, having been a member of the Lutheran
Church. She was a woman of wonderful
business qualifications, deeply devoted to her
family, always keeping in view their best
interests and welfare. Her Christian life and
sympathy extended to her entire acquaint
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