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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
age, when he went West. He then clerked in
a store and later became proprietor of a general
merchandise store in Florence, which
continued a little more than a year. He was
elected in 1890, to his present position, for
which nine men were running, butMr. Jackson
was came out ahead, as he nearly always does.
He was nominated by the convention, and
was over 3,100 votes ahead. In 1892, he
had a majority of 2,340, showing a high degree
of appreciation of his merit by his con&tituency.
He was married January 10, 1865, to Mrs.
M. E. (Whittenburg) McGuire, daughter of
J. L. and Lavina Whittenburg. She was a
navive of Alabama, and her parents of Tennessee.
They are still living, on a farm near
Florence. Our subject and wife have two
children, Lucy B., wife of G. C. Adkinson, a
druggist of Florence. Their two children are
Charles B. and William Terreso. Mr. and
Mrs. Jackson are members of the Christian
and Methodist Episcopal Chlurclies respectivecly.
He is a member of the Knights of
Honor, and was an officer while he lived in
Florence. IIe is an esteemed friend, a worthy
citizen, an efficient officer, a genial and courteous
OHN M. WHITTON, County Assessor
of Williamson county, was born in
v Campbell county, Tennessee, September
24, 1851, a son of Howard G. and Minerva
L. (Keeny) Whitton, who were born, reared
and married in Campbell county. The father,
a farmer by occupation, was well and favorably
known in his neighborhood, and in every
way was a worthy man. IHe went to Pike's
Peak in 1860, where he died two months
later with mountain fever. Mr. Whittor/was
a devout member of the church, and by his
many acts of Christian kindness enthroned
himself in the hearts of those who knew him.
Mrs. Whitton was a member of the same
church as her husband, and she also endeared
herself most affectionately to the hearts of
her associates, as well as to all who knew
her blameless life and high Christian character.
They were the parents of five children,
viz.: John M., our subject; Stokley
C., a farmer of Iowa; James C, following
the same occupation in Williamson county,
Texas; and Edmund W., a successful farmer
John M. Whitton was educated at Edinburg,
Tennessee, after which he followed
teaching in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and
Texas. Iis first school in this State was in
Ellis county, which then numbered eleven
pupils, but three months afterward it increased
to seventy-five, only fifteen of whom
resided in Palmer's Station. He was obliged
to employ one assistant. Mr. Whitton has
taught more than 3,500 pupils, from the ages
of four to forty-five years. In 1888 he was
elected Tax Assessor of Williamson county,
re-elected in 1890, and again in 1892. In
his first election he had four opponents in
the convention, but received more votes than
the four combined, and at the general election
he received the highest vote, having had
no opposition. At the third election he had
4,031 votes, receiving a majority over his
opponent of 2,504 votes. Mr. Whitton is a
most efficient county officer, is kind, pleasant
and courteous to all, and is possessed of
the same genial spirit which characterizes
all his associates in county official positions.
In 1879 he was married to Susan C. Hazelwood,
a daughter of Joshua and Rebecca
Hazelwood, of Montague county, Texas. Mr.
and Mrs. Whitton have six children: Zula
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