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61)0 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
He was married December 15, 1885, to
Mis' Susie Hill, a daughter of Captain D. 0.
Hill. Mrs. Jones is a member of the Methodist
Church. Mr. Jones affiliates with the A.
F. & A. M., J. Nixon Lodge, No. 421, with
Bastrop Chapter, No. 95, and with the Kr. ights
of Pythias, Smithliville Lodge, No. 92.
OHN FAWCETT, a farmer of Bastrop
county, was born in London, England,
December 18, 1815, a son of John and
Mary (Slater) Fawcett, natives also of England.
After coming to this country, the
father followed the carpenter's trade at Cincinnati
and that vicinity, and his death occurred
in 1883. His wife survived him until
1860. They were the parents of five children,
viz.: Thomas, who died in Cincinnati,
at the age of twenty-five years; John, our
subject; Mary A., wife of Henry Bates, of
Cincinnati; Sarah, who first married a Mr.
Crayon, and is now the wife of Jacob Eppley,
of Cincinnati; and William, who came
to Bastrop county, Texas, in 1850, and now
makes his home among Jis children.
John Fawcett came with his parents to
America when three years of age, landing at
Baltimore, Maryland, and later went to Wheeling,
West Virginia. In the latter city he
built a flat boat, floated down the Ohio river,
and arrived at Cincinnati December 25, 1818.
He remained under parental care until fifteen
years of age, when lie took a drove of horses
to South Carolina, made other trips for a few
years, and in the fall of 1836 brought a number
of race horses to Texas. Mr. Fawcett
took his stock to Houston and Galveston, and
in 1845 came to Bastrop county. After locating
in this county lie purchased a/small
tract of land, to which he has since added un
til he now owns 3,100 acres, 500 acres of
which is under a 'fine state of cultivation.
His large, two-story brick dwelling is located
on the bluff, 150 feet above the valley, and
this is one of the most beautiful residence
sites in the State. Mr. Fawcett conducts a
gin for the use of his own farm. In an early
day he built and conducted a sawmill on his
timber land, and hauled lumber to Austin
and San Antonio. In 1862 he assisted in
organizing a cotton factory at Bastrop, but
which was discontinued after the close of
the war. He next, in 1865, opened a large
stock of general merchandise in this city, but
on account of low prices this proved unsuc-'
cessful, and he sold his store in 1867. Since
that time Mr. Fawcett has given his time and
attention entirely to his large farm. He has
about twenty tenement houses on his place,
and raises about 150 bales of cotton annually,
also an abundance of corn. Since farming
in Bastrop county, he has lost only two crops,
one from overflow, and the other from drouth
Mr. Fawcett was married in 1845, to Miss
Marian W., a daughter of Joseph Burleson,
Sr., who came to Bastrop county, Texas, in
1832. He was too old to take much interest
in the range service, but assisted the frontiersmen
all he was able. He was a prominent
farmer and slave owner, and his death
occurred in 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Fawcett
had seven children, two now living: Josephine
P., wife of Robert T. Wilkins, a farmer
of Bastrop county; and Susan E., wife of
Murry Burleson, the owner of the town site
of Smithville, and one of its most enterprising
men. Mrs. Fawcett died in 1856, and in
1858 our subject married Miss Sarah E.
Rhem, who was born March 29, 1840, a
daughter of Dr. Wm. B. and Sarah (Drew)
Rhem, natives of North Carolina. The father
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