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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
years of age. In 1849, in company with a
brotfer-in-law, he caine to Texas, and spent
the following five years in the drug business
in Georgetown. He then located where he
now resides, where he owns 1,200 acres of
land, 250 acres cultivated. The farm is
located three miles west of Leander; and Mr.
Jennings also owns and conducts a drug store
at that place. He never attended a medical
school, but, after studying medicine for a
time alone, gradually came into an extensive
practice, which he continued until a few years
ago. He was obliged to abandon the practice
on account of failing health.
Dr. Jennings was married in this county,
in 1856, to Sarah E. Huddleston, a native of
Tennessee, who came to Texas in 1852. To
this union have been born six children: William,
of Leander, Texas; Edward, deceased;
Milton; Sanford and Charlie, of Leander;
and Lou E., wife of Emmett C. Perkins, who
also resides near Leander. In his political
views Mr. Jennings is a Democrat. He
affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, and is
a believer in the Church of Christ, although
he is not a member at the present time.
J A. P A T T O N, Postmaster and merchant,
of Oak Hill, Travis county, is a
so n of J. M. and Sarah (Smithson) Patton.
The father a native of Tennessee, and
a son of Samuel Patton. The family resided
in Alabama and Mississippi, and in 1838
came to Bastrop county, Texas. Samuel
Patton was prominently identified with the
early political history of the State, having
served Bastrop county in the first Legislature
that met at Austin, and was a member of
several following sessions. He is remembered
as a man of sterling virtues, and did his part
nobly in laying the foundation of this great
empire. J. M. Patton was reared to manhood
in Texas, and was identified with the
scouting and ranger service for several years
before and after his marriage. That event
occurred in Bastrop county, in December,
1845, to Sarah J. Smithson, who was born in
Jefferson county, Alabama, Christmas day,
1828. Her parents came to Texas in 1836,
locating on Cedar creek, in Bastrop county,
where both afterward died. For three years
after marriage Mr. and Mrs. Patton lived in
Bastrop county, and then removed to Lockhart,
Texas, where the former served one
term as Sheriff, and remained there five years.
They then lived il Comal county until after
the close of the late war, spent one year in
Llano county, twelve years at Oatmanville,
Travis county; in 1882 removed to Blanco
and for the past few years have lived with
their children. Mr. and Mrs. Patton were
the parents of seven sons: Columbus, a
farmer, of Dripping Springs, Hays county,
Texas; William, at Cedar Valley; J. A., of
Oak Hill; John Mace, of the same neighborhood;
Anson, who resides near Austin; Tom
Green, of Hays county, and Robert Lee, of
J. A. Patton, the subject of this sketch,
was born at Lockhart, Texas, January 12,
1853. In 1870 he located in Travis county,
and engaged 'in farming and stock-raising.
Mr. Patton started in life for himself at the
bottom round, having no means, except that
which he earned, but by industry and good
business dealings, is now the owner of 500
acres of good land, 125 acres cultivated, and
also has property in Hays county. He einbarked
in the mercantile business in 1879,
and in 1886 was appointed Postmaster of
Oak Hill. Our subject occupies a position
of influence in his community, is respected
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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/m1/774/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .