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HIST7ORY OF TEXAS.
she was also reared, being married in the
house in which her birth occurred. Mr. and
Mrs. Hubert have had born to them a family
of six children, all of whom are yet at home
with their parents: Florence, Sherrod, Grace,
Annie, Ross and Rtalph,-all handsome,
healthy children, one of them especially,
Florence, a slender, blue-eyed girl of fourteen,
with quiet, studious ways, who already
gives promise of that great beauty of mind
and person for which the ladies of her name
are famous. The other little girls, Grace
and Annie, are bright and intelligent, while
the boys, Sherrod (or "Joncie " as he is
called) and Ross, already give evidence of
good business qualities, and take quite an
interest in the affairs of the farm. Mr. Iunbert
allows his children a liberal percentage
of the income from the farm, and does not
dictate to them how they shall spend their
money. This makes them feel a personal
interest in the matter.
Mr. Hubert votes with the Democrats,
and, while never soliciting office of any kind,
he has frequently been chosen to represent
his fellow-citizens as a delegate to their county,
district and State conventions, and has
served as School Trustee ten years in the last
twelve. The estimation in which he is held
by his neighbors was shown at their last
annual election when, of the thirty-nine
patrons who voted, thirty five supported him
for the office of Trustee, being the strongest
vote ever received by any one for the office
He is not a member of any church organization,
but contributes to the different
churches in his neighborhood. He has never
chewed tobacco and was never drunk in his
life, yet is fond of a glass of wine, and few
men are better judges of a cigar than lie. He
believes in the "pay-as-you-go policy," and
has never sued any one, or been sued for a
debt which lie had contracted.
Mr. Hubert is a great reader, and is a regular
subscriber to no less than twelve papers
and magazines. Ile is one of the most hospitable
of men, and those who have met himn
at his home and felt the pressure of his hand
and met the steady glance of his clear, blue
eyes, will not soon forget it, particularly the
hand-shake, for without doubt he has the
most terrific grip in his hand of all men
whom the writer has ever met.
lS AURRAY BURLESON, one of the
leading citizens of Smnithville, was
born in Bastrop county, illn 1849, a
son of Joseph and Allie M. (Seaton)
lDurleson. The father was a son of Josephll
Burleson, Sr., who came to Texas in 1833.
He was a brother of the father of General
Ed. Burleson, and the family all came from
the same State. Joseph B., Sr., was a farmer
by occupation, and after coming to this
State was too old to take part in public
affairs. His son Joseph, the father of our
subject, came direct to Bastrop county,
Texas, from Tennessee, in 1833, locating
four miles northwest of Smithville, on the
Colorado river. He remained in that neighborhood
until 1852, and during that time the
Indians were very troublesome. While residing
there the celebrated stampede transpired.
He was then in the Texas army, but
after the fall of the Alamo he returned home
to remove his family to a place of safety.
Like many other settlers he had no wagon
and only one horse, but, in company with a
neighbor, they made a truck wagon, to which
they hitched a yoke of young, wild steers,
and thus kept pace with the other settlers,
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/733/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .