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: 718
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drifted to Texas, then about to become a Republic;
he settled in Bastrop county, and for
some time was engaged in the frontier service
against the Indians. Calvin Barker, grandfather
of our subject, was a native of England;
he was a soldier in the war of 1812,
and fought at New Orleans under General
Jackson. During his absence his wife had
no communication with him, and as the
months stretched out into years she concluded
he was dead. Seven years after his departure
he returned to find his wife married
again and three children added to the family.
After a long and friendly consultation it was
decided to submit to the wife the question ai
to which should claim her; the answer was
in favor of the second husband, and Mr. Barker
departed, seeking another home in a new
country. His children are: John, Wilson,
Lemon, Jesse, Billie, James, Betsy and Keziah.
Jesse Barker married Malinda Weeks,
and ten children blessed their union: Calvin;
Henry, deceased; Thomas, deceased; Elzina,
who married William Daniels, and died in
1855; E. B.; Jane, who died in early life;
Finis, deceased; Margaret, deceased, who was
the wife of William Rice; Jesse, who died in
1862; and Amanda, wife of William Rowlett.
The mother of this family died, and Mr. Barker
was married a second time, this union
being with Emily Johnson; they have one
child, Lemon Barker, a resident of Williamson
E. B. Barker was left an orphan at a tender
age, and as stated at the beginning of this
sketch, had only the advantages of gaining
the limited education given the children of
pioneers. At the age of twelve years he began
to care for himself, and worked for wages
and occasionally tilled the soil on the shares.
At the age of twenty he began to farm for
himself on a small scale, and continued wtlh
varying degrees of success. Shortly after the
war he decreased the amount of live-stock
on his land, and entered more extensively
into agriculture. From 1861 to 1865 he was
a heavy loser, having supplied horses and
mules to the Confederate government, which
were paid for in Confederate money. His
military service was of three months' duration,
during which time he was a member of
Colonel Allen's regiment. He owns a fine
farm of 1,300 acres, ten miles south of Taylor,
admirably adapted for growing cotton and
raising live-stock. Here, during the winter
season, he feeds a hundred head of choice
cattle for the June market.
Mr. Barker was united in marriage in February,
1857, to Mary, daughter of James
Harvey, a pioneer of Burleson county. Mr.
Harvey married a daughter of Jack Reed, of
the same county. Mr. and Mrs. Barker are
the parents of nine children: R. E., J. E.,
R. L. and J. T., twins, Sallie, wife of B. Darlington,
J. L., Einsy, Dudley and Eddie.
Mrs. Barker is a consistent member of the
Christian Church, and the family enjoy the
regard of the entire community.
JACK STEELE, manager of the banking
firm of Steele & Sparks, was born in
Georgetown, Texas, October 30, 1867,
a son of Moses E. and Nep (Ake) Steele, the
former a native of Kentucky, and the latter
of Arkansas. In an early day the grandfather
of our subject located many acres of land in
Texas, and after his death, and before the
war, Moses came to this State to look after his
Moses E. Steele was born August 31,1838,
in Christian county, Kentucky. His mother,
nee Miss Edrington, died when he was an in
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