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C'o HISTORY OF TEXAS.
of Mississippi and Tennessee, respectively.
The father followed farming many years,
and in 1850 located in the old town of Bastrop,
Texas, and was soon afterward elected
Sheriff of the county. Ile held that office
from the first election to the close of his life,
in 1862, at the age of forty-seven years.
During the late war he espoused the cause
of the South, but did not participate in the
struggle, as he was a cripple. He was a
man of moderate circumstances on landing
in this county, but his ventures here proved
quite successful. Mrs. Gill survived her
husband only until 1866, when sle too departed
this life. They were the parents of
ten children, viz.: Thomas A., of Stockton,
California; Nancy, deceased, was the wife of
Bailey Stroud; Louisa, now Mrs. Kirk, of
California; Eliza, deceased, was the wife of
Reuben Stroud; Robert, of Bastrop; Joseph,
a resident of the same county; Peter J., the
subject of this sketch; Albert, of California;
Mary, wife of G. N. Pierce, of Bastrop, and
James, a resident also of Stockton, California.
P. J. Gill was educated in the town of
Bastrop. In 1865 he joined Captain Hogan's
company, Colonel Baylor's regiment of Texas
Cavalry, and served for six months in the
Trans-Mississippi Department, but never
took part in any engagements. After the
close of hostilities Mr. Gill engaged in farming
and butchering in Bastrop, but two
years later gave his attention entirely to tlhe
l tter occupation, which he continued ten
years. From 1881 to 1885 he was a dealer
in stock, for the following three years resided
in San Saba county, then remained in
Bastrop until 1888, and in that year came to
his present location. He owns part of one
of the finest farms on the Colorado river in
Bastrop county, which was locatelby his
father-in-law in 1849. The place now has
1,100 acres under a fine state of cultivation.
In 1890 Mr. Gill erected a good frame
building on this place, where he is engaged
in general merchandising, carrying a stock
of $5,000, and does an annual business
amounting to about $25,000. In addition
to this, he also owns and conducts a public
gin, and during the year of 1892 he ginned
about 700 bales, 230 bales of which was'
raised on his own farm. He is also largely
engaged in stock-raising.
Mr. Gill was married October 27, 1875, to
Miss Mary A. Moore, who was born in
Bastrop county, Texas, December 27, 1855,
the youngest child of Mayor A. Woods and
Mary (Miller) Moore, natives of Alabama
and Mississippi. The father came overland
with his family and slaves to Texas, landing
in Bastrop county in 1849. He immediately
purchased the farm on which our subject
now resides, consisting of a league of Colorado
river bottom land. He afterward sold
part of this tract until he owned a plantation
of 1,750 acres for some years, but subsequently
added 400 acres more. On first
locating in this county, Mr. Moore was engaged
in the sawmilling business on the east
side of the river, in company with a Mr.
Sims. In 1850 he began the erection of the
handsome and commodious residence which
still ornaments the farm, and which at that
time was the finest residence in the county.
Mr. Moore located the trees from which the
lumber for this building was cut, and the
lumber was sawed and the house erected
under his own supervision. Mr. Moore continued
the milling industry only a few years,
after which he began the improvement of his
farm. Under his able management the place
soon developed into what is now one of the
most beautiful places in the county. He
followed farming until hie death, in 1887,
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