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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
same puncheons for the floors of his cribs.
In a few years he had 200 acres of his farm
under cultivation. Milling was done on0 the
south side of the Colorado river, at the farm
of a Mr. Grassmeyer, on the Fayette county
line. About 1841, Mr. Hill erected a cotton
gin and mill, which was the third ever built
in Bastrop county, and was operated by horse
power. Cotton from all parts of the county
was brought to this girl, and people also came
for many miles to mill. Mr. Hill never
participated in a regular Indian campaign,
but frequently furnished young men with
outfits to go after marauding bands of
Indians and Mexicans. He remained on his
ranch until his death, in 1849. He left a
wife and eight children, viz.: Sarah, the
widow of Q. J. Nichols; Robert, deceased; T.
A. M., our subject; John W.; Martha,
deceased, was the wife of T. J. Brooks;
James H.; Mary S., widow of J. D. Williams;
and Middleton, deceased. The mother died
Thomas A. M. Hill, the subject of this
sketch, attended the common schools, and also
spent two sessions at Bastrop College.
He began work for himself at the age of
eighteen years, as manager of Mrs. Oliver's
farm, and at the breaking out of the late war
was engaged in the same occupation for his
uncle, T. B. J. Hill. In 1862 he espoused
the cause of the South, and joined Company
D, Eighth Texas or Terrill's rangers, in the
Army of Tennessee. He took part in the
first and second battles of Murfreesborough,
Perryville, Chickamauga and numerous
other engagements, was paroled at Lexington,
and the United States furnished transportation
a part of the way home, arriving here
June 1, 1865. Mr. Hill remained at the old
homestead from 1870 to 1889, and in the latter
year came to his present farm of 2,100
acres in the Colorado river valley, which is
his portion of the farmn. Ile has 275 acres of
the place under a fine state of cultivation, andl is
is engaged in general fartning anul stock-rai',ing.
In 1856 he was united in marriage with
Miss Sarah E. Scates, a native of Fayette
county, Texas, and a daughter of J. B. and
Theodocia (Smith) Scates, who were among
the pioneer settlers of this State. The father
was one of the signers of the Declaration of
Independence of the State of Texas. Mr.
and Mrs. Seates had two children: Sarah E.,
wife of our subject; and J. R , a resident of
Texas. The father was twice married: by the
second union had three children. He died in
Colorado county, this State. Mr.and Mrs. 11ill
have had twelve children, ten of whom grew
to years of maturity: Middleton; Bell, wife
of R. A. Rutherford; Anna and Austin,
twins, and the former, now deceased, was
the of F. Hargrove; Fannie, wife of Pierce
Lowery; Sarah T., wife of Dave Robinson;
Julia; Robert and Mattie, twins; and the latter
is deceased. Mrs. Hill died June 1,
1891, having been a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church for many years.
Socially, our subject affiliates with the A. F.
& A. M., J. Nixon Lodge, No. 421, and Bastrop
Chapter, No. 95.
E DMOND C. BOND, a prosperous young
farmer of Rice's Crossing, Williamson
county, is a native of Texas, having
been born in Johnson county, February
28, 1858. His father, H. Bond, is a native
Tennesseean, his life beginning in McMinn
county, that State, April 4, 1825. His boyhood
was passed on a farm. His limited
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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/m1/751/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .