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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
of age. Our subject and wife have had eight
children, namely: W. A.; Sarah, deceased,
was the wife of J. W. Wellborn; Elizabeth
J., wife of Frank Winters; C. M.; Dan;
Mary C., wife of W. G. Anderson, of Caldwell
county; Endocia, wife of W. J. Monger;
and Lee. Mrs. Jenkins is a member of
the Christian Church. For many years our
subject has been a member of the A. F. &
A. M., Hopkinsville Lodge, No. 183.
S AMUEL H. McDONALD, one of the
successful and leading farmers of Bastrop
county, was born in the city of
Bastrop, in 1854, a son of HIugh K. and
Elizabeth (Gill) McDonald. Samuel H., the
fifth of six children, was educated in his native
city, and began work for himself at the
age of twenty years. In 1874 he embarked
in the general mercantile business at Hill
Prairie, where he continued fourteen years.
lie then abandoned mercantile pursuits, and
in 1890 returned to his farm in this county,
where he is still engaged in agricultural work.
Mr. McDonald was married in 1883, to
Miss Ida Holmes, a native of Louisiana, and
a daughter of John and Mary Holmes, of
Shreveport, that State. Our subject and wife
llave had five children: Lizzie Bell, Ida Lee,
Flora, Jessie, and one deceased. Mrs. McDonald
is a member of the Methodist Church
IHARLES P. VANCE, a pioneer of
Taylor, Bastrop county, was born in
Grant county, Kentucky, February 21,
1828, a son of Drury Vance, and a grandson
of Patrick Vance. The family came to
America at about tlhe time of Cronmwell's
war in England, and the name was originally
spelled De Vanx. a well-known llaine in early
French and Mormon history. Tlie nmoclier
of our subject was born in Bourbon conllty,
Kentucky, in 1798, a son of Johnt Vance.
HIer mother was formerly a Miss Rout, aiid
that family were prominent in both Virginia
alnd Kentucky, where they were among the
early settlers. John Vance came to this section
of country when the Indians were engaged
in war. The great-grandfather of our
subject vas a soldier in thle Revolutionary
wvar. Drury Vance, the father of our subject,
removed flomr Kentucky to Tennessee, one
year later went to Alabama, afterward spent
three years in Arkansas, and in the fall of
1845 came to Houston county, Texas. He
was a soldier in the war of 1812, as was also.
the maternal grandfather of our subject.
Charles P. Vance left home at the age of
sixteen years, and was employed as a com lnon
laborer for a time. In 1846 he came on
horse-back from Arkansas to Texas, spent the
first year with] his father in Houston county,
and in the fall of 1847 came to Bastrop
county. He soon joined a company of State
rangers, and went to Austin, where he was
to be mustered into service, but was disabled
three months on account of sickness. After
recovering his health, Mr. Vance was engaged
in freighting one year for a Mr. Tannahill,
hauling from Austin to various places. On
one occasion, with a companion, he was surrounded
by Indians on a stream called the
Blanco, but, as they had the advantage of the
red men, and only had two horses, the latter
did not run the risk of making an attack.
The two men were obliged to go without
anything to eat for three days and nights.
Mr. Vance was afterward engaged in the
same occupation for a Mr. Glasscock. He
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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/m1/777/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .