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 Page: 738
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HISTOR Y OF TXAS.
hood. He affiliates with the Democratic
party, and is a member of the Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Ponkey has never married.
atW t DAVIDSON, one of the most enterprising
and successful men of Williainson
county, was born in Franklin
county, Tennessee, August 20, 1822, a
son of Louis and Mary M. (Mullins) Davidson,
the former a native of South Carolina,
and the latter of Virginia. The Davidson
family trace their ancestors to General
Davidson, of Revolutionary fame, and of
Irish descent. The maternal grandfather of
our subject, Matthew Mullins, also a Revolutionary
soldier, was a farmer by occupation
and his death occurred in Virginia. The
Mullins are related to the Yancey family, of
national reputation. Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Davidson were the parents of ten children,
viz.: Asberry, a Methodist minister, was a
delegate to the Church Convention at the
opening of the late war, and was stationed at
Memphis, Vicksburg, Jackson and New Orleans;
John served in the Indian war, and
died while in service, in Florida; Manson,
who was also a minister of great power, but
on account of failing health was obliged to
abandon the ministry, and lie died in Tennessee
about 1885; James who held the office of
Sheriff many years, died while serving as
Regimental Commissary during the late war;
Susan, wife of Robert Lassiter, who represented
Coffee county, Tennessee, in the Legislature;
Patsey, wife of D. D. Smith; W.,
our subject; Nancy, wife of G. Hamilton;
Betsey married W. Janes, and after his death
she came to Texas, in 1889, where she died
December 22, 1892; and Lucy married .eGreen
Laster, who came to Fannin county,
Texas, at an early day, was a leading pjhysician
of that day, and his death occurred in
W. Davidson, the subject of this sketch,
was reared in the same house as Isham G.
Harris, who served as Governor of Tennessee.
He remained at home until reaching
years of maturity, when he erected and conducted
a mill in Coffee county about eight
years. While a resident of Tennessee he
served as Deputy Sheriff and Constable, and
followed milling and trading until 1871,
when he came to Williamson county, Texas.
He immediately purchased a farm, but twelve
years later sold that place and bought land in
this locality, consisting of 400 acres. Mr.
Davidson shortly afterward traded that tract
for his present farm of 700 acres, located in
Gabriel valley, near Jonah, and this is one
of the most beautiful farms in the county.
He has 500 acres of his place under a good
state of cultivation, and his home is 'beautifully
situated near the banks of the San
Gabriel river. Mr. Davidson also has a fine
grist mill, gin and fifty-five acres of land at
Jonah. The mill is a four-story frame building.
When our subject came to this locality
only about 2,500 bales of cotton were made
annually in a radius of six miles, and about
10,000 bales are now annually ginned. His
gin alone turns out about 2,500 bales yearly.
The first court. in this county was held under
a tree where Jonah now stands, and the geographical
center of Williamson county is
within one mile of this place.
Mr. Davidson was united in marriage, in
1843, to Miss Martha L. Brandon, a daughter
of Lem Brandon, a Methodist minister of
Tennessee. To this union were born two
children: Elizabeth, who was twice married,
first to R. Wildman, and afterward to Thomas
Bruce, a prominent farmer of this county,
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