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HISTORY OF TEXAS. ;37
eral of his tenant houses, causing him to
make considerable outlay for their repairs.
IIe is very fond of good horses and keeps a
surplus of them of' his own raising. Some of
these horses are bringing quite handsome
October 17, 1877, at not quite nineteen
years of age, Mr. Burns married Malinda,
daughter of Calvin Barker, brother of Eli
Barker. Calvin Barker married Nancy Reed,
they being among the early settiers of Burleson
county. Besides Mrs. Burns the Barker
children are: Jane, who married Richard Lowden;
Lemon and Nathan all living. Mr. and
Mrs. Burns are the parents of the following
named children: Charles, aged thirteen, is attending
school in Austin, Texas; Elmer, who
died in 1882, aged eighteen months; Ephegine,
born in 1883, died in 1885; Herbert
W \ 9 ^A. PONKEY, a farmer of Lee
county, is the son of James and
Mary W. (Agey) Ponkey, of German
descent. The Ponkey family located in
Lynchburg, county seat of Campbell county,
Virginia, in Colonial times. The father of
our subject was born and raised at that place,
was married there during the latter part of
1820, and afterward, with a family of six
children, moved to Ohio, where he lived fifteen
years in Gallia county. In about 1850
he came to what was then Burleson county,
Texas, now Lee county, locating in the neighborhood
of where our subject now resides,
where he passed the remainder of his days.
Mr. Ponkey was a physician by profession,
and practiced medicine in Virginia and Ohio
for thirty years, but did not resume that calling
in this State. He was an active worker
in political matters, voted witli tlhe Democratic
party, often malle speeches during
campaigns, and at one time was a candidate
for the Legislature in Ohio, but was deftate I.
lie was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Ponkey had the following children:
James A., who resides near the tutomac
river, in Virginia; Susan and, Mary,
deceased; W. A., our subject; Francis, whose
residence is unknown; Peter, who died while
serving as a Confederate soldier; John E.,
of Lee county; Amanda, wife of a Mr. Locke,
of California; and Flavia, also of that State.
Mrs. Ponkey died in Ohio, in 18-, and the
father was afterward married in that State to
Miss Maria Rogers, who departed this life a
short ti me after her husband's death.
W. A. Ponkey, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Campbell county, Virginia, October
5, 1834. After reaching manhood the
family came to Texas, where lie followed
agricultural pursuits until the opening of the
late war. In 1861 he enlisted in the Second
Texas Regiment, Company H, and took part
in the battle of Shiloh. He was wounded in
the left foot in that engagement, from the
effects of which he was almost an invalid for
several years after the close of the struggle.
Mr. Ponkey now owns 179 acres of land in
the Dime Box neighborhood.
He was married in Lee county, in 1864, to
Isabella Ann Cunningham, and they have
had six children: James, Robert, Susan,
Olivia, Frank and Augusta. Politically, Mr.
Ponkey affiliates with the Democratic party,
and religiously, is a Deacon in the Presby.
John E. Ponkey, a brother of our subject,
was born in Rutland, Ohio, August 20, 1846.
He was reared in Lee county, Texas, where
he now owns one farm of seventy acres and
another of 150 acres in Dime Box neighbor
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