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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
and Martha, deceased at the age of seventeen
years. The wife and mother died in 1847,
having been a consistent member of the
Methodist Church. In 1854 Mr. Davidson
married Miss Catherine McComb, a native of
Alabama, and a daughter of Andrew and
Mary (Jones) McComb. The father was a
prominent farmer, was a file public speaker,
and took an active interest in public affairs,
but never aspired to public office. Mr. and
Mrs. Davidson have had five children: Asberry
B., District Attorney of DeWitt county.
Texas; James L. S. and Sally E., at home;
Mary, deceased in 1890, was the wife of Dr.
Nowlan; and Andy M., wife of Walter Farley,
a farmer of Williamson county. Our subject
takes an active interest in the Democratic
party, is a member of the Masonic Fraternity,
and both he and his wife are members of
the Methodist Church.
T. MORRIS, a livery man of Bastrop,
was born in Platte county, Missouri,
Jnne 16, 1859, a son of Jesse P. and
Sarah M. (Pumphrey) Morris, natives
of Illinois and Kentucky, respectively. The
parents were married in Missouri. The father,
a farmer by occupation, served in the war
with Mexico, came to Texas in 1877, locating
in Bastrop county, and was disabled from active
duty in the late war on account of sickness,
caused from exposure in the war with
Mexico. He died in 1885, in his sixty-second
year, and his wife departed this life in
1879. Four of their children lived to years
of maturity: A. T., our subject; Mollie, wife
of A. S. Dyer, of Mountain Home, Idaho;
D. M., of this county; and Lucy A., also of
A. T. Morris attended the Coin mercial Col
lege of St. Joseph, Missouri, and remained
with his fatlier until twenty years of age. lIe
then farmed on rented lamd one year, whllen
he purchased 360 acres of land in Hill county,
Texas, with 120 acres cultivated, and
while there followed farming, milling and
ginning. He next sold his farm and (eItbarked
in the livery business in Bastrop, one
year later traded his stable for 970 acres of
wild land in San Saba and Brown counties,
and engaged in the livery and stage line business
in McDade, lBastrop county, but that
venture proved unsuccessful. Mr. Morris
next traded his wild land for a cotton gin on
Elm creek, sold the same in 1883, and from
1884 to 1890 was engaged in freiglting.
IIe was then elected Constable of lastrop
township, later appointed Deputy Sheriff, filling
that office three years Since 1893 he
lhas conducted his livery, feed and sale stable,
and also has a large blacksmith shop in Bastrop.
In 1886 Mr. Morris was united in marriage
with Miss Mary E. Hutchinson, a danghter
of Edward Hutchinson, a native of England.
The latter's mother, Jean Hutchinson,
had three children: Edward Packenham,
father of Mrs. Morris; Henry, who is suppoed
to have died in Australia; William
went on a visit to his mother in England, and
while returning to America died at sea; and
Mabel, who died unmarried. Edward El utehinson,
the father of Mrs. Morris, came
to America in a very early day, locating in
Bastrop, Texas, where he become a prominent
teacher. He served for a time in the war of
1864-'65. His wife, nee Susan Highsinith,
is a sister of Captain Andrew W. Highsmith,
of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson were
the parents of one child, Mary, now the wife
of our subject. The father was a relative of
General Packenham, for whom he was named.
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