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 Page: 692
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part of his father's homestead which had been
set aside to him where he began farming for
himself. A year later he had the misfortune
to lose his wife, she dying and leaving one
child, a daughter named for herself, now a
grown young lady. In 1880 Mr. Sanders
married again, this time to Miss Ada Florence
Pickens, a native of Tennessee, and a
daughter of John F. and Lettie J. Pickens,
who moved to Texas about 1875, and settled
in Milam county. To this union five children
have been born: Lettie Minerva, William
F., Luella, Wallace, Imogene.
Mr. Sanders has a farm consisting of 250
acres, 150 acres of which is in cultivation
and furnished with all the necessary appliances
for successfully carrying on the same.
lie and his wife are members of the Methodist
Church,of which he is Steward, and they
have a pleasant home which they have surrounded
with the needful comforts and good
(ON. JAMES M. McKINNEY, Senator
from the Eleventh Senatorial
district, composed of the counties of
Milam, Falls and McLeninan, is a
native of Coosa county, Alabama, where he
was born October 5, 1841. His parents were
Jasper and Martha (Bozeman) McKinney,
both of whom were also natives of Alabama.
Jasper McKinney was a son of Harris and
Jennie (Ivy) McKinney, and Martha Bozeman
was a daughter of Nathan and Harriet
Bozeman. In the sketch of W. E. Bozeman,
which appears elsewhere in this volume, will
be found a historical review of the Bozeman
family. The McKinneys, Ivys and Boze.
mans were all early immigrants to America,
coming originally from Scotland, England
and Germany respectively, and belonged to
that class of sturdy, industrious, quiet,
home-loving and church-building people
who flocked from Europe to these shores
during the early years of the last century
and whose influences have told powerfully
in the history of civilization in the Western
World. The progenitors of the subject of
this sketch settled probably first in Virginia
and the Carolinas, as the lines have been
traced back to these States. The McKinneys
and Bozemans are known from the
records to have been early settlers both in
Georgia and Alabama, in each of which States
they were among the substantial .people
and, in occasional instances, conspicuous figures,
in the communities where they lived.
The parents of James M. McKinney were
born, the father in 1821, and the mother in
1823. They were married in 1840, and
twelve years later, in 1852, moved to Texas,
settling in Milam county, where the mother
still resides, the father dying here in 1880.
The father was a plain farmer, but possessed
ample ineans and passed his years on earth
in peace and comparative ease. On his removal
to this State he came overland, bringing,
in the patriarchal manner common in
those days, his flocks, herds, servants and
household effects, with which he immediately
resumed his chosen calling, that of farming
and stock-raising, in his new home. He
freed his slaves, however, not long after arriving
in the State, being opposed to the institution.
The office of Justice of the Peace,
which he held both in Alabama and Texas,
was the only elective position to which he
was ever called, his time being taken almost
exclusively with his own interests. In politics
he was a Democrat and for twenty-five
years an active and earnest member of the
Baptist Church. His wife was an industrious
weman, devoted to her household affairs and
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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/m1/742/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .