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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
dalupe county, in 1852, to Mary Keener, and
they had five children, three of whom grew
to years of maturity: Samuel, a farmer of
Bastrop county; Blanche, wife of Brook Duval,
also of that county; and Horace, deceased.
The latter received a fine education,
graduating at the University of the South, at
Swanav, Tennessee, and later in the law department
of the University of Virginia.
After returning home le became a partner of
Hon. Sayres, now Congressman from this district,
and an intimate friend of our subject.
Horace Higgins started on a career that
would certainly have been a brilliant one, if
death had not cut short his young life. He
lived but three months after beginning the
practice of law, dying January 4, 1880. Mrs.
Higgins died in 1861, and in Bastrop county,
in 1867, our subject married Mrs. Caroline
Yellowly. Her daughter, Charlton, became
Mrs Briger, and now resides in San Angelo,
Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have two
daughters: Lela, wife of Pope Holland, of
Atlanta, Georgia; and Fairbanks, aged fifteen
years. Mr. Higgins has been too much immersed
in business to take an active part in
politics, although in 1857, on returning from
a visit to his benefactor's home in Vermont,
he tound he had been elected to the Legislature.
He votes with the Democratic party.
Mr. Higgins has been a Mason since 1848,
and has taken all the chapter degrees of that
order. He is Senior Warden of the Episcopal
Church at Bastrop.
Di, ANIEL S. CH ESSHER, County Judge
of Williamson county, was born in
Overton county, Tennessee, Septem her
16, 1836, son of John B. and Loui/a A.
(Gaines) Chessher, both natives of of Tonnes
see. The father was a farmer but when
young was engaged in teaching. During the
Indian war he was under General Jackson,
but with this exception led an uneventful
life, dying in 1853, aged sixty-three years.
Both he and his wife were members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. The latter
survived her husband, dying in 1863, aged
sixty-three. Five children were born in this
family, namely: Lucinda, died at the age of
seven; Benson B., died at the age of sixteen
years; our subject; Sarah G., widow of W.
W. Nicholas, resides in Georgetown; and
James F.. who enlisted in Tomn Green's brigade
in 1862, died in the army at the age of'
eighteen years when on the way back from
Our subject was educated at the country
schools in Texas, having come to the State
with his family in 1838. They settled in
what was Walker county, but later removed
to Montgomery county. After completing
his course in the country schools he had the
additional advantage of attending the Waverly
Institute in Walker county, after which he
studied medicine and attended the medical
department of the University of Louisiana,
graduating therefrom in 1859. After graduating
he returned to Industry, Austin
county, Texas, where he practiced ten years.
At the outbreak of the war he enlisted as
a private, but-was elected Second Lieutenant
of Company A, Twentieth Texas Volunteer
Infantry, serving in that capacity until the
close of the war. During that time he was
in General S. P. Mosely's division, Harrison's
brigade, participating in the battle of Galveston,
January 1, 1863 and in several bombardments
afterward. He continued to serve
until the close of the war, when he retired to
his home and resumed the practice of his
profession, continuing in it until 1870, when
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