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'746 ~~~~ HISTORY OF TEXAS.~~~~~~
locating in Jasper county. He received a
limited education, and at the age of fifteen
years was employed as a mail-carrier. He remained
under the parental roof until twentyone
years of age, after which he followed
clerking eight years, and in the winter of
1860 embarked in merchandising in Round
Rock, Williamson county. At the opening of
the late war Mr. Sheppard hired a substitute,
but later was conscripted, and served in the
commissary department, held the rank of
Captain, and held another position under the
Govermelt. In the spring of 1866, Mr.
Sheppard resln ed merchandisilng, which he
continued until 1882, and in that year sold
his store. He has held the office of Tax Assessor
four years, served as County Commissioner
three years, and is now assisting in
conducting a general mercantile business.
In addition to this, lie also owns a large
tract of land, where he was formerly
engaged in stock-raising, but he now rents
Mr. Sheppard was married in Round Rock,
in 1862, to Miss T. C. Blair, who was born
in Gibson county, Tennessee, July 8, 1839, a
daughter of D. D. Blair, a native also of that
State. The latter came to Williamson county,
Texas, in 1854, where he died in 1868. Mr.
Sheppard takes an active interest in the Democratic
party, and has held many minor and
prominent offices. Socially, he is a Royal
Arch Mason and a member of the Knights of
Honor and the I. 0. 0. F. Both he and his
wife are members of the Presbyterian
wD\) W. PROCTOR, one of Williamson
county's most enterprising business
men,was born in Maine, September 11,
1839, a son of Jason and Mary (Whiteh qcse)
Proctor, natives also of that State. The paternal
grandfather came from England. The
maternal grandfather, Thomas Whitehouse,
was a native of Maine, of English extraction,
and was an influential and public spirited
man. Mr. and Mrs. Proctor had two children,
and the last known of the oldest son his
residence was in Ohio, but nothing has been
heard from him since that time.
D. W. Proctor, the subject of this sketch,
was left an orphan at the age of seven years,
and he grew to manhood in New York city,
under the care of an uncle. He received no
educational advantages, and while in. that
city worked in a printing office. From 1860
to 1862 he followed mining in Colorado, and
in the latter year engaged in the electrotype
business in St. Louis. In 1864, after some
experience with army tactics, Mr. Proctor returned
to New York; traveled for a time;
conducted a restaurant in Boston; from
March, 1866 to 1870, was engaged in railroading
in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in the
latter year removed to Galveston, and afterward
located in Liberty county, Texas.
While in Liberty county he engaged in merchandising
and the cattle business, driving
beef cattle to Louisiana, and had a large
and profitable trade. He also fitted up
wagons, and sold goods over the country.
After closing business there, Mr. Proctor
drifted to Galveston, and in 1877 opened a
mercantile store at Corn Hill, Williamson
county. In 1878 he erected a large steam
gin, and in 1879 closed his mercantile business,
since which time he has been engaged
in farming and ginning. For the past few
years our subject has handled stock quite entensively,
having a registered male Jersey,
and also has both the Percheron and roadster
horses. Since erecting his gin, lie makes
about 600 bales of cotton annually.
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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/m1/797/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .