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400 of it being under cultivation. In 1892
his cotton crop amounted to 186 bales.
Mr. Bond married Laura, daughter of
Hezekiah Hamilton, a brother of ex Senator
Morgan C. Hamilton and Governor Jack
Hamilton, both prominent men in Texas.
Governor Hamilton was born in Madison
county, Alabama, January 28, 1815. He
studied law and was admitted to the bar in
that State in 1841, and five years later came
to Texas, and located at LaGrange. He was
appointed in 1849 by Governor Bell as Attorney-General
of the State, and from that
time on made Austin his permanent home.
Ile was Travis county's Representative to the
Legislature in 1851-'53. In 1856 he was a
Buchanan Elector, and three years later was
elected to a seat in Congress, as an independent
candidate, General T. N. Waul being the
Democratic nominee. He was a strenuous
opponent of the policy of secession, and retained
his seat in Congress after the other
members from the seceded States had returned
to their constituencies. He returned
to Austin in the latter part of 1861, and was
made the Union candidate for the State Senate,
and was elected; but Texas had now cast
her lot with the Confederacy, and he declined
to take the required oath. In 1862, being
still opposed to the purposes and progress of
the war on the part of the South, Mr. Hamilton
left the State, and, making his way
through Mexico, repaired to the city of
Washington, where he was appointed by the
War Department as Brigadier General of the
Texas troops in the Union service. In 1865
he was made Provisional Governor of Texas
by President Johnson. The following year
he was made an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court, and was a prominent member
of the reconstruction Convention of 1868, in
which he was the author and chief promoter
of the electoral bill and franchise measures
which were engrafted in the new constitution.
In 1870 he was the Conservative candidate
for Governlor, but was defeated by E.
J. Davis. He returned then to the seclusion
of private life and eschewed any further active
participation in the political events of
the period, and, falling into ill health, died
in Austin in April, 1875.
Hezekiah Hamilton married Asenath Wood.
Their children are James K., Amy J. (wife
of C. S. Knott), Morgan A., and Laura.
Laura was born February 3, 1862.
Mr. and Mrs. Bond have children as follows:
Tennessee, born September 13, 18.82;
Ed. Van, May 14, 1884; Frederick H., October
16, 1886; Amy Relief, August 22,
1889; and Virginia, September 4, 1891.
J. GENTRY, of Baileyville, Milamn
county, is one of Alabama's native
sons, being born in MIacon county,
that State, January 13, 1834. He was
schooled most extensively in the pursuits of
the farm, to which his education was almost
exclusively limited. He is the son of Archie
Gentry, who was born in Greene county,
Georgia, and who died when young; therefore
our subject is without any record as to
his father's age, it being known that he was a
farmer and a blacksmith. For his wife he
married Ferah Callahan.
Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Gentry as follows: Asberry, deceased; Sarah
Ann, wife of William Graves; James, deceased;
Caroline married Wright Daniel;
Maria, married J. Staples, but is now deceased;
Frances, deceased, became the wife of
Wiley Bridgeman; Jack, died in the Confederate
army; Payne, deceased; Nathaniel
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