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HISTORY ~ OFT XA . 4
gan writing a recommendation that an office
be located here, and that our subject should
be the Postmaster. Mr. Spencer was asked
for a suitable name for the office, and, thinking
of the free and easy character of the
people, answered, "Call it Liberty Hill, General."
Mr. Spencer held the office several
years, and then resigned the position in favor
of the first merchant that located in this section.
Mr. Spencer was firtt married July 19,
1829, to Amy Wilcoxon. They had twelve
children, only four of whom grew to years of
maturity, viz.: Eliza Ann, widow of J. T.
Miller, and a resident of Austin; Emily, deceased;
J. M., of Belton, Texas; and Ellen,
wife of J. W. Owen. also of that county.
The wife and mother died in Bastrop, January
12, 1853. In 1854 our subject returned
on a visit to Fulton county, Illinois, and was
there married to Mrs. Margaret Spencer, who
was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
May 4, 1826, a daughter of William B. and
Mary (Reagan) Smilie. On the maternal
side, the family located in the latter county
from Wales before the Revolutionary war.
The Smnilie family are of Irish descent, the
great-grandfather of Mrs. Spencer, John
Smnilie, having emigrated to America from
that country. He was one of the first settlers
of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and
while there was prominent in public affairs,
having represented Pen nsylvania in the United
States Senate. The grandfather, Robert P.
Smilie, passed his entire life in that county.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Smilie had seven
children: Weldon R., of Woodford county,
Illinois; Margaret C., wife of our subject;
Robert P., of Liverpool, Fulton county, Illinois;
Harriet, wife of C. A. Babcock; Norvel,
deceased; and Norman and David H., of
Stella, Nebraska. Margaret Smilie was first
married in Fulton county, Illinois, where her
father had moved his family in 1841, in 1844,
to James B. Spencer, a younger brother of
her present husband. They had four clhildren:
Theodore, of Lovelock, Butte county,
California; Ann E., wife of J. M. Spencer,
of Belton, Texas; Harriet E., widow of Jeff
J. Miller, who lives with her parents; and
William A., of Liberty lill. Mr. anlI Mrs.
William 0. Spencer have also had four children:
Perry, deceased; Oliver, of Liberty
Hill; Lizzie, wife of M. C. Ilurley, of Ft.
Worth, Texas; and Tacy, now Mrs. J. M.
Grant, also of that city.
II. KRENEK, a prominent farmer of
Lee county, is a son of Joseph and
R / ozina (Reek) Krenek, natives of Bohemia.
The grandfather of our subject,
Joseph Krenek, was a farmer of that country,
as was also his maternal grandfather, Hon.
John Reek. The father of our subject was
born, reared and married in Bohemia, and
emigrated from near Fraiikstadt, Moravia, to
America, in 1866, locating in Fayette county,
Texas, three miles. south of Fayetteville.
The father died there June 1, 1887, and tlhe
mother September 20, 1892. The pareLts
had nine children, seven now living; Ignatz,
of Fayette county; Juhana, now Mrs.
Spacek, also of that county; Rozina, now
Mrs. Skopik, of Burleson county, Texas; John
H., our subject; Mary, now Mrs. Reek, of
Fayette county; Anton, of that county; and
Rozallia, now Mrs. Frank, also of Fayette
J. H. Krenek was born in Moravia, Noveinber
24, 1853, and was reared to manhood
in Fayette county, Texas. He subsequently
located on a farm in Burleson county, where
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