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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
where he has established for himself an enviable
reputation, and has a large and growing
practice. He also owns a fine stock of drugs,
in interested in a public gin, and has 300
acres of good farming land, 100 acres cultivated,
and located six miles from this city.
Dr. Day favors the principles of Democracy
in politics, is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and of the Missionary Baptist
In April, 1879, in Liberty county, Texas,
the Doctor was united in marriage with
Mary L. Cole. They have five children:
Travis E., Annie C., Douglas, David Stafford
J P. BURNS.-With an ambition to sucit
ceed backed by an energy not subject to
paralysis by any unfortunate turn of
circumstances, is in a nutshell the make-up of
J. P. Burns of Rice's Crossing, Williamson
county, Texas, a popular and prosperous
stockman and farmer.
Mr. Burns was born in this county, February
18, 1859. His father, B. E. Burns,
came to Texas from Cooper county, Missouri,
in 1850, and made his first permanent stop
in Williamson county. He engaged in farming,
an occupation in which he was schooled
from childhood. He was a loyal Southern
soldier, and died of measles at Little Rock,
Arkansas, in 1863. He had become convalescent
and started home, when he suffered a
relapse with the above result. Mr. Burns
was born in Missouri in 1818. He married
the widow of Mr. Kirkendall, and daughter
of Mr. Peveler and nee Sallie McCart. Mr.
and Mrs. Peveler had a family as. follows:
William, who was killed by the Indiana in
Young county, Texas; James; John; Franes;
Lewis; Greenup; Lucinda, who married Judge
Terrell; Mary, who married a Mr. Houston,
of Grayson county, Texas; Martha, the wife
of Colonel Barry, of Bosque county, Texas.
By her first marriage Mrs. Burns is the
mother of Wyatt Kirkendall; William Greenup;
Sarah, who married a Mr. Lemons; and
Louisa, deceased. By her second marriage
she had Maggie, deceased; Mattie, who married
James Planton; John P.; and Baxter
Ewing. Mrm. Burns is still living and in
The subject of our sketch was only fairly
armed with an education when young. He
spent much of his time caring for his mother's
stock, and when he could be spared from
home was employed for wages, getting $15
per month. In 1878 he settled down, and
with his earnings invested in a drove of cattle,
which he ranged in Williamson county.
In 1880 he sold the drove and its increase for
$3.000. At once he reinvested $2,500. He
held his second purchase until 1885, when he
sold at Caldwell, Kansas, for $8,000. He
ranged them in the territory, as he also did a
bunch of horses on which he failed by $1,000
to realize his outlay. With the proceeds of
his last sale of cattle Mr. Burns bought his
fine 640 acre farm. Brushy creek passes
through the tract north of its center and
forms a large bend near the east line. At the
bend the north bank of the creek is probably
twenty feet high, making a fine natural break,
which together with the heavy timber covering
the hundreds of acres south of the stream,
forms an admirable shelter for the 200 head
of beeves which Mr. Burns is now feeding.
The soil of the entire tract is waxy and
possesses all the good qualities ever attributed
to that soil; 380 acres are under plow, and, in
1892, 170 bales of cotton were grown on the
farm. In 1886 Mr. Burns lost by storm sev
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