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ber had seventy men, all on white horses, but
theyarrived too late to take part in the battle
of San Jacinto. The Colonel followed farming
and merchandising in southern Texas
until 1846, when he began agricultural pursuits
in Bastrop county. He did not participate
in the war of 1846. Mr. and Mrs.
Chambers had three daughters: Malinda,
wife of James Oliver; Florence, wife of
Captain J. H. Hooper, of Austin; and Fannona.
The father died in 1855, having been
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and was a prominent Mason of this State.
Mrs. Chambers has been a member of the
Methodist Church for twenty-eight years.
\\ dW ILLIAM A. J. JENKINS, a farmer
/ of Bastrop county, was born in Marengo
county, Alabama, May J6,
1828, a son of Edward and Sarah (Parrent)
Jenkins. The father caine to Texas in the
fall of 1828, first locating on Barton's creek,
but in the following year settled on what is
now Hill's prairie, near Cedar creek, where
he located a league of land. He remained
on that farm until death, and is supposed to
have been killed by an Indian. After her
husband's death, Mrs. Jenkins took charge of
the estate, and at that time her children were
small and the settlements were very scattered.
In 1836 she went with the others to the rendezvous
on Sabine river, where she remained
until the return of the settlers. Mrs. Jenkins
spent the following twelve months in
Washington county, Texas, and on returning
to her former home she found everything
gone. She remained on the old homestead
until her death, which occurred in 1840, leavfour
children: Elizabeth. who married John
Daugherty, and after his death she became
the wife of Elisha Hopper, but both are now
deceased; John H., deceased, was a prosperous
farmer of this county; William A. J.,
our subject; Edward W., a resident of Bastrop.
W. A. J. Jenkins received only a limited
education, and early in life learned to depend
on his own resources. In 1847 he joined
Captain Haymuth's Company, Colonel Hays'
regiment of Texas State troops, and was confined
to the frontier section of the State. He
was in many battles with the Indians, and at one
time they killed thirty Indians, only one escaping.
Mr. Jenkins served twelve months,
and at the close of the war was mustered out
of service in Gillespie county, twelve miles
north of Fredricksburg. After returning
home he followed farming until the opening
of the late war, and was then detailed as
teamster in the Quartermaster's Department.
Both of his brothers were in the army, and
it was necessary for him to serve in a place
where he could occasionally return home.
After the close of the struggle he resumed
farming for the third time on the same league
of land located by his father, where he remained
nineteen years. Mr. Jenkins then
Euld the land to his brother, Edward; purchased
and remained on the farm in the
southeastern portion of the county four years;
sold that place and bought land in Caldwell
county, ten yaars later went to Frio county;
two years afterward located near his former
home in Caldwell county; and October 1,
1889, came to Smithville, Bastrop county.
He remained in the city until 1893, and in
that year purchased his present place of
twenty-five acres in this county.
Mr. Jenkins was married September 6,
1849, to Eveline Faith, a native of Mississippi,
who came with her father, E. B. Faith,
to Fayette county, Texas, when only ten years
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