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HISTO1RY OF TEXAS.
Mexico. From 1860 until 1862 he followed
merchandising, was then a member of the
State Guards one year, and at the close of the
war, Mr. Ricks found himself financially
ruined. In 1869 he opened a mercantile
store in Round Rock, Williamson county, in
partnership with II. B. Sheppard, which he
continued two years, after which he bought
and improved a tract of raw land, erected a
fine rock house, made many other valuable
improvements, and still resides on this place,
located one mile from the city. He also
owns two other improved farms, and his
attention is now given to his land interests,
in the loaning of money, etc.
Mr. Ricks was first married in Missouri,
in 1852, to Miss Emily Homes, a native of
Kentucky, and they had two children, botl
now deceased. The wife and mother died in
July, 1855, and in 1860, in Texas, our subject
married Virginia E. Glascock. She died in
February, 1870, and in Austin, in the following
year, he married his present wife, Mrs.
Augusta Wilson. She is a daughter of Dr.
T. T. Sandifer, a native of South Carolina,
but who afterward removed to North Carolina,
where he followed the practice of medicine.
He still resides in that State, but is
retired from the active duties of his profession.
At one time lie was a member of the
Legislature. His father, Philip Sandifer,
was also a native of South Carolina, and was
a prominent planter and slave-owner. The
great-grandfather of Mrs. Ricks, Zacheus
Wilson, was one of the signers of the Declaration
of Independence. Dr. Sandifer and
wife had four children: Sarah, Augusta,
Calvin (deceased), and Robert. The latter,
an attorney by profession, resides in North
Carolina, where he has served two terms in
the State Senate, and was elected to the same
in the present year. Mrs. Ricks' first hus
band, Mr. Wilson, cane to Texas at the age
of nine years. In 18(1 lhe entered the Confederate
service, in Tomi (reen's Rifles, Captain
McLaren's Company, Hood's Brigade,
Fourth Texas Regiument; served four years,
and was wounded at Drury's Bluff. Ile was
discharged in the following February, after
which he returned to North Carolina. IIe
was married Decemnber 22, 1864, and in O,tober,
1865, came to Williamson county,
Texas, where he died June 28, 1868. Mr.
and Mrs. Ricks have had no children of their
own, but have an adopted son, Frank C. Ricks.
-le became a member of the family at the
age of seven years, and is now fifteen years
old. Mr. Ricks takes an active interest in
politics, was formerly identified with. the
democratic party, but is now independent.
Socially, he affiliates with the Royal Arch
Masolns and the I. 0. 0. F., and in religion,
both he and his wife are members of tlhe
T Tf B. SHEPPARD, one of the enterprising
and successful citizens of
Williamson county, was born in
Georgia, November 20, 1837, a son of
William and Susan (Adams) Sheppard, native
of South Carolina. The father came to
Texas, enlisted in the late war in 1862, and
his death occurred at Galveston, in 18(64.
The mother died in Georgia. Mr. and Mrs.
Sheppard had five children: Eliza, a resident
of Newton county, Texas; H. B., our subject;
Nancy, wife of Elijah Kelly, of San
Augustine county; William A., a resident of
Georgia; and John, a farmer of Newton
1H. B. Shephard, came to Texas with his
parents in 1849, at the age of ten years,
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. 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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/796/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .