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he remained until coining to his present
place, three miles east of Dime Box. lle
owns 450 acres of land, 130 acres of which
is under cultivation, has a fine new residence,
a good orchard, is giving considerable attention
to sheep-raising, and his annual yield of
cotton is from ten to fifteen bales. Mr.
Krenek paid $3,300 for his farm, and the
place is now worth about $6,000.
In Washington county, Texas, November
19, 1874, he was united in marriage with
Alzbeta Shebesta. They have had seven children,
viz.: Louis, Albina, Emma, Eddie, deceased;
Eddie, Terezia, deceased; and Terezia.
Mr. Krenek votes with the Democratic
party, and was raised in the Catholic faith.
EORGE E. GAY, a successful farmer
I If of Lee county. is a son of Thomas and
sOF Eleanor (Hope) Gay. The father
emigrated from Georgia to Texas, and
was one of the 300 persons to form the Austin
colony in 1828. He was then about eighteen
years of age. In 1831 in the town of San
Felipe, he was united in marriage with
Eleanor Hope. Her father had moved his
family to Texas a year or so previous to her
marriage, and had returned to England to
settle his affairs. On coining again to this
country the ship was wrecked, and he has
never been heard from since that time. The
father of our subject was a machinist by occupation,
but during the stampede was conducting
a store at San Felipe. He took part
with Houston in the battle of San Jacinto,
and afterward located in the town of Washington,
on the Brazos river where he was engaged
in business under the firm name of
Bailey, Gay & Hoxie. He contracted the
yellow fever while on a business trip to al
veston, and died soon after returning home
in 1839. Ile was a shrewd and thrifty business
man, and at his death owned about 100,000
acres of wild land. Mr. and Mrs. Gay
were the parents of four children,-George
E., our subject; William, deceased; Milam,
deceased; and Ann, wife of B. A. Watson, of
Burton, Texas. About ten years after the
father's death, the mother married Luke
Roberts. Her death occurred in 1857.
George E. Gay, the subject of this sketch,
was born in San Felipe, Texas, November
3, 1833, and was reared to manhood in the
town of Washington. He caine to his present
location, String Prairie, seven miles from
Lexington, January 1, 1859, where he owns
300 acres of land, 125 acres under a fine state
of cultivation. In 1861 Mr. Gay enlisted as
a private in Company A, Seventeenth Texas
Infantry, and he served west of the Mississippi
river. He participated in the battles of Milliken's
Bend, Yellow Bayou, Saline, took part
in a great deal of marching and scout service,
and was paroled at Hempstead, Texas. In
his political views, he affiliates with the
Democratic party, and during the war served
as Treasurer of Burleson county. Socially,
lhe lias taken the Royal Arch and Council
degrees of Masonry.
Mr. Gay was married in this county, in
January, 1855, to Mary H. Barbee, a member
of an old Texas family. They have had
thirteen children, namely: Thomas, of Rockdale,
Texas; William F., a resident of Caldwell,
this state; Virginia, now Mrs. James
Stockton, of Lonieta; George, deceased; Leola,
*deceased; Bnlah, now Mrs. D. B. Green, of
Arkadelphia, Arkansas; T. E., of Lubbock
county, Texas; Ella, wife of A.M. Nalley, of
Lee county; C. E., deceased; Pearl, now Mrs.
Edd Arendale, of near Lexington; Ernest,
Genoa, and Sam Houston, at home. Mr. Gay
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