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: 704
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7Or ilITOY OF_ _ TEXAS
and W. J., twins, living in Milarn county.
At eighteen our subject was thrown upon his
own resources, having lost his best friend, his
mother, at that age. He then employed himself
at overseeing, which occupation he followed
for five years, saving enough money
from his salary to give himself a small financial
start, and purchased 100 acres which he
improved and lived on until he came to
Texas. In 1862, our subject enlisted in
Company D, Forty-fifth Regiment, Alabama
Infantry, under Captain Black and Colonel
Gilgrease, and was attached to the army of
the Tennessee. He participated in many
hard and bloody engagements, among them
being Murfreeshoro, Chickamauiga and the
campaign around Atlanta, Georgia, during
which last engagement he received a few
flesh wounds, which sent him to the hospital
at Auburn, Georgia, for a few months. The
campaign above mentioned was perhaps one
of the most memorable of the war. The
army was so hard-pressed for food that it
was a difficult matter to keep it even scantily
supplied, and many even suffered from
hunger. Grains of corn were picked up from
the ground where the horses had left them
and eagerly devoured. Those were terrible
times from 1861 to 1865.
Within three years after peace was declared
Mr. Gentry sold out his Atlanta interests,
and settled in Milam county. He is desirably
situated at the junction of the Pond
and Hog creeks, owning over 100 acres of
fine black soil. He is a good farmer, makes
bountiful crops, and comes out ahead every
At twenty-five years of age Mr. Gentry
married Mary, a daughter of Esquire D. W.
Gassaway, of Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Gentry
have three children: Anna, who minried
James Simington; Mary L. and Zera. Mr.
Gentry is a Democrat, politically, but has
never held nor does he desire an office. The
family are Baptists, and no man is more substantial
and more respected in Baileyville
than Mr. Gentry.
\AW ILLIAM M. PEDIGO, an attorney
of Taylor, was born in Miami county,
I Kansas, in 1866, a son of Louis J.
and Lavenia B. (York) Pedigo, natives of
Tennessee. The paternal grandfather of our
subject, Reuben Pedigo, was one of the early
adherents of the sect known as Campbellftes
or Christians. The maternal grandfather was
also a minister of that Church, and both were
extensive farmers, but opposed to the holding
of slaves. Consequently, Louis Pedigo
was taught from infancy to be opposed to
human slavery. At the opening of the late
war he joined the United States forces of
Tennessee, and served as Sergeant of his
company. After the close of the struggle,
in 1866, Mr. Pedigo located in Kansas, where
he was engaged in farming and stock-raising.
In 1876 he came to Bosque county, Texas,
and is still engaged in that occupation. Mrs.
Pedigo is a member of the Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Pedigo had eight children,
namely: James A., the eldest in order of
birth; Z., a teacher by profession, is a graduate
of the Granbury College; Mattie, wife of
H. C. Odle, a merchant of Meridian, Texas;
William M., our subject; Hattie and Euphemia,
teachers in Bosque county; and Eva
and Eugene, at home.
William M. Pedigo, the subject of this
sketch, was reared to farm life, and at the
age of four years entered the common schools
of Kansas. After locating in Texas, at the
age of seventeen years, he entered the Gran
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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/m1/754/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .