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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
where they secured some beeves, the Indian the close of the struggle Mr. Eagleston reacting
as guide until they returned to camp. sinned the stock business, but in 1873 retired
They proceeded to Austin where they were from that occupation and devoted his time to
discharged. Mr. Eagleston received $22.50 farming until 1890. In that year be sold his
per month for his services, and furnished his ranch and moved to Smithville, where he emown
outfit. Captain John Connor was a man barked in mercantile and other occupations.
whom early Texans loved to honor, being Ie now owns a number of business and resibrave,
intelligent and honest. On one occas- dence houses in Smithville, where he still
sion our subject saw him chasing a band of resides.
Waco Indians, whom the whites had been In 1857, Mr. Eagleston was united in marfighting
for sometime, and he fired and riage with Mrs. Rebecca Scobey, a native of
loaded his gun eight times while running a this State, and a daughter of Johnr W. and
mile on horseback. Edith Lytle. The father located in GalvesAt
the ace of eighteen years Mr. Eagles- ton county, Texaj, in 1822, later moved to
ton began work at the blacksmith's trade, and Brazoria, and his death occurred at Houston.
at the age of twenty-three years lie moved to He was one of the noted men of his county.
a place called Hog Eye, near where Elgin is Mr. and Mrs. Eagleston have had two chilnow
located, where he conducted a shop tor dren. One son, Edward H., is engaged in
about three years. He then located on business in Smithville. He married Miss
Ridgeway prairie, twenty miles from Bas- Mollie Clark, a native of Mississippi, and
trop, on the old San Antonio and Nacog- they have three children: Ida May, Zina P.
doches road, one of the oldest Mexican trails and Edward G. Mr. Eagleston has been u
in the State, and which was a dividing line in member of the I. 0. 0. F. since his twenty.
the land survey. Mr. Eagleston there estab- first year, and now also affiliates with the L.
lished a stock ranch on a league of land, of H.
where he remained for thirty years, and his
ranch was considered one of the finest in the
State. At the close of the war lie was brand- [ C. HIGGINS.-In 1840 there landed
ing 2,500 calves each spring, and had about at Galveston a young man who was des
500 head of horses. At the opening of the d tined to leave the impress of a strong
war, in 1861, he joined Captain High Smith's character upon the social and physicial life o:
company, William H. Parsons' regiment of Texas, and who now lives, in the person o:
cavalry, and served in the Trans-Mississippi the above subject, an example to the youtl
Department. He took part in the battles of of the land, and of the possibilities of a lift
Cotton Plant, Searcy, Manefield, Yellow of honest, earnest and patient toil. Mr. Hig
Bayou, and was engaged in fighting General gins was born in Caledonia county, Vermont
Banks from Mansfield to Alexandria, for November 2, 1815, a son of Samuel and Bet
forty-one days. He was twice wounded in sey (Chamberlain) Higgins. The parent
one day in a skirmish against General Bank's came to America on the same ship, the fathe
men in Louisiana. He was shot in the right from Ireland and the mother from Englanc
arm, just above the hand, from which he still and acquaintance on board ship resulted i
suffers, and also through the body. After marriage on land. They located in Caledc
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