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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 691
practiced medicine from early life, and was
also a Baptist minister. Ile came to Fayette
county, Texas, in 1854, where he gave
up the practice of medicine, and devoted his
time to the ministry and farming.- He died
in that county in 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Rhemn
had seven children: Sarah E., now Mrs. Fawcett;
Susan, wife of G. Iill, of Bosque county,
Texas; Caroline, wife of S. Kenady; Annie
E. was the wife of Thos. J. Hardiman,
deceased; Amanda, wife of Judson Williamns;
Lillie, who married a Mr. Darby; and the
next child died when young. Mr. and Mrs.
Fawcett have had five children, namely;
Jesse R., deceased at the age of eight years;
John Sumpter, who died while attending
Baylor University, Independence, March 11,
1881, at about the age of twenty years; Albert
G., aged thirty years, is married, and resides
at Smithville; Minnie S., wife of T.
G. Sayers, also of this city; and Clarence,
aged twenty-five years, is assisting his father
on the home farm. Mr. Fawcett affiliates
with the Demlocratic party, and both he and
his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist
S HERROD F. SANDERS, the subject
of this brief biographical notice, one of
Milam county's representative farmers,
is a son of Sherrod W. Sanders, a native
of Alabama, born in 1812, who after
marriage in his native State, moved in 1853
to Texas, and settled in Milam county on a
farm six miles north of the present town of
Rockdale, where he subsequently lived and
died. He was for many years one of this
county's leading farmers and stock-growers,
and left at his death what was considered at
that time a very respectable fortune. He
led a quiet, orderly life, staying closely about
his home and attending strictly to his own
business, but interested himself in neighborhood
and county affairs to that extent
that his judgment dictated as proper,
being always ready to help those around him
who stood in need of his help and to whom lihe
could render assistance as friend and neighbor.
Ile was a ineilmber of tlhe Methodi;t
Church for many years anid an Odd Fellow
in good standing in the order. lie had been
Justice of the Peace in Alabama but never
filled any public offices in this county. His
parents, William and Susan Sanders, were
very early settlers in Alabama, where they
died, his father being a planter of means and
good standing in the locality where he lived.
The mother of the subject of tllis notice,
Minerva Duke, like her husband, was born in
Alabama, her parents who were South Carolinians
by birth, having settled in Alabama
in early Indian times. She and her husband
were married in 1852, and the following
year came to Texas. They had five children,
four of which reached maturity and are now
living: Sherrod F., of this sketch; Green
Terrell, a farmer of Milam county; Alabama,
the wife of George E. Marshall, of Cameron,
and Minerva May, the wife of Frank W. R.
HIubert, of this county.
Sherrod F. Sanders was born in Alabama,
February 16, 1853. He was reared on the
old homestead in the southwest part of Milaml
county, spending his boyhood and youth, or
the greater part of it, like most other boys of
that date, in the saddle, and received only
such educational advantages as were offered
by the schools of the county twenty-five years
ago, which it may be added were meager
enough, In 1876 he married Miss Idella E.
Cooper, a daughter of A. D. Cooper, of
Milam county, aud the same year settled on
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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/m1/741/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .