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HI TORY OF TEXAS.
again to Texas, settling on the land he had
before purchased, in Bastrop county, twelve
miles 'southeast of Bastrop city, on the Colorado
river, where he engaged in farming and
stock raising. When he first located in this
county General Ed. Burleson lived a mile and
a half west of his farm, a family of Hunts,
about two miles; and a widow lady and Mr.
Craft and Moses Gage, were the only settlers
between Mr. Hill's farm and the town of Bastrop.
In 1842 the Indians made a raid in
this settlement, stole a number of horses
from Mr. Burleson and others in the neighborhood,
and a party of settlers started in
pursuit. They succeeded in capturing most
of the stolen stock, and also captured the camp
equipment of the Indians. Mr. Hill never
participated ini any raids after the red skins,
although he assisted materially in furnishing
outfits for young men to assist in suppressing
any outbreak. He remained on his original
purchase until death, in 1850.
John W. Hill, the subject of this sketch,
received his education in the village of Bastrop,
and for two years before the opening of
the late war was employed as a clerk. In
1858 he went to Mexico, purchased a drove
of horses, which he sold in this State. In
1861 he joined Comnpany D, Terry's Texas
Rangers, or the Eighth Texas Calvary, and
was a member of the Army of Tennessee.
He participated in the battles of Shiloh,
Perryville and Murfreesboro. At the last
named engagement Mr. Hill had his horse
killed under him, was captured, and taken to
Camp Douglas December 31, 1862, and exchanged
at City Point, Virginia, April 7,
1863. Rejoining his command at McMinnville,
Tennessee, he took part in the battles of
Chickamauga, Resaca, Kenesaw, New Hope,
Atlanta, Bentonville, and also many min.r
engagements. During the struggle Mr. Iill
had several horses killed under him, many
holes shot through his clothing, but was never
wounded. He entered the war as a private,
but at the close of hostilities was a non-commissioned
officer. In the fall of 1866 Mr.
Hill engaged in the saw milling industry on
Colorado river, which he continued two years.
He then purchased a farm on that river, in
the neighborhood of where he was raised, renaining
there until 1875. In that year he
took up his residence in the city of Dallas,
but remained there only a short time. From
the fall of 1875 to 1888 he was engaged in
the mercantile business at Alum creek, and
in the latter year came to his present location.
The firm of Yeager & Hill has been in existance
since 1875, and they now carry a general
mercantile stock amounting to about
$15,000, and have an annual trade of from
$40,000 to $50,000. In addition to his mercantile
interests, Mr. Hill also owns a ranch
of 2,300 acres, 300 acres of which is cultivated.
In 1868 he was united in marriage with
Mariah Yeager, a daughter of John C. and
Mariah (Kinkle) Yeager. They had one son,
who is now a member of the firm of Yeager
& Hill. The wife and mother died in the
city of Dallas, December 29, 1875, having
been a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South. Mr. Hill affiliates with the
A. F. & A. M., J. Nixon Lodge, No. 380.
P. MILLER, an extensive and prosperous
farmer of Travis county, is a
JJ , native of the State of Texas, born in.
Bastrop county, August 22, 1851.
His father, J. T. Miller, was a well-known
and highly-respected pioneer of Bastrop
county, whither he removed from Arkansas
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