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neighbor, and a kind husband and father.
lie was the only survivor, except Rev. A. J.
Adkinson, of Austin, of the party which
helped to bury the Webster family, killed by
the Indians on Brushy creek, in an early day.
He was resigned to the Master's will and
willing to go."
December 27, 1849, in Bastrop county,
Texas, Mr. Upchurch was united in marriage
with Mary E. Payton, who was born in Jackson
county, Alabama, May 2, 1828, a daughter
of Wesley and Phoebe (Hancock) Payton.
The father died in Alabama, and in 1848, the
remainder of the family came to Texas. The
mother died in Bastrop county. Mr. and Mrs.
Upchurch had eight children, namely: Martha,
wife of Albert Waggoner, of Travis
county, this State; John, of Williamson
county; Mary, wife of William Highland,
also of this county; W. G., a resident of
Williamson county; Phoebe, deceased, was
the wife of A. W. Hall; Eliza, who died at
the age of eight years; Sarah, at home; and
Cora, wife of J. D. McGill, of Williatuson
John Upchurch, the eldest son, was born
on the horne place in this county; December
23, 1886, he was united in marriage with
Lizzie Wiley, and they have four children:
Ruby, Bertha, Zora and Ola. Mr. Upchurch
lives with his mother, and is her support in
her declining years.
Th\ R. H. T. DAY, a physician and surgeon
of Liberty Hill, is a Georgian by
-" i'birth, and has been a resident of Texas
since 1877. He is a son of Samuel and
Charity (Riggs) Day. The father was born
in Tennessee, but raised in Alabama, and after
marriage located on a farm in Randolph
county, Georgia. Ile was a farmer by occupation,
a Democrat in his political views, and
a Missionary Baptist in faith, in which denotmination
he always took an active part.
Mr. Day died in Randolph county. Georgia,
in 1860, and his wife departed tllis life in
1868. They were the parents of eight children
viz.: Robert M., a farmer of Linmestone
county, Texas; John W. was Captain of a
Georgia company during the late war, was
captured and died of pneumonia while a prisoner
at Johnson's island; Allen R., engaged
in the milling business in San Jacinto county,
Texas; Mary A., now Mrs. Godfrey Elli-or,
also of that county; Susan E., deceased;
Martha J., now Mrs. Jamles M. Bell, of
Limestone county; Eliza F., wife of John T.
Powell, of San Jacinto county; and Itenry
T., the subject of this sketch.
Dr. II. T. Day was born in Randolph
county, Georgia, January 25, 1846. His
education was interrupted by the breaking
out of the Civil war, and in 1863 lie gave
himself to the cause of home and native land,
enlisting as a private in Company D, Twentysecond
Georgia Artillery, and served until
the surrender, principally at Savannah, also
in the last Carolina campaign. For four
years after the close of the struggle Mr. Day
was engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1869
he began the study of medicine in Calhoun
county, under Dr. Monroe; attended lectures
at the Savannah Medical College during
the years of 1871-2, the vacation intervals
having been.passed in the hospitals of Savannah,
and graduated in the spring of the latter
year. The Doctor practiced for a time in
Early county, Georgia, next in Bluffton,
Clay county, that State, and for five years
after coming to Texas followed his profession
in the vicinity of Tarkington's prairie, Liberty
county. He then came to Liberty Hill,
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