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brother, George C. In 1886 he purchased
and took charge of the business, which lie
still continues, and also owns a half interest
in another drug store. He is one of the most
enterprising young business men of Florence.
Mr. Atkinson was married in this city,
January 20, 1889, to Bertha R., a daughter
of C. 0. Ridley. She was born in Rutherford
county, Tennessee, and, her mother having
died when she was small, was raised by an
aunt, the wife of Dr. George Crosthwit. Mr.
Ridley was again married -and moved to Florence,
Texas, where Mrs. Atkinson joined him
in 1885. Our subject and wife have two
children; John Ridley and Frank. In his
political views, Mr. Atkinson is a Democrat.
D ANIEL V. GRANT, a merchant of
Liberty Hill, Williamson county, is a
son of Matthew M. and Sarah M.
(Brown) Grant. The following is extracted
from an autobiography of Matthew M. Grant.
The family name was brought from Scotland
before the Revolutionary war by Alexander
Grant, the great-grandfather of our subject.
He was Captain of a company during that
struggle, and died at about its close from
wounds .received in service. Grandfather
Daniel Grant was left an orphan at the age
of seven years, and was bound out to a
plasterer and stucco worker in Washington,
District Columbia, where he remained until
1805. In that year he went to Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, and was soon afterward
married to Mary McLean, of Scotch descent.
The MeLeans were prominent in Western
Pennsylvania in an early day, a brother of
Mrs. Grant, David McLean, having published
the Pittsburg Gazette for many years.
Mr. Grant remained in Westmoreland
county a number of years, and then settled in.
Butler county, where he died May 18, 1857,
his wife having survived him many years.
They were the parents of ten children, all of
whom are now deceased but four. Matthew
W. -Grant, the eldest child, was born in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, June
14, 1808, and at the age of thirteen years
was apprenticed to his uncle, David McLean,
.to learn the printer's trade, serving a term of
six years. He was married in Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, August 7, 1832. -In his
autobiography h9 says of his wife: "A
purer-hearted woman than my wife I do not
think ever lived, and I am glad here to say
that under God, she has been my earthly salvation."
Mr. and Mrs. Grant had eight
children, viz.: James B., who died of cholera
in his twentieth year; Mary J., died of brain
fever at the age of ten years; Eliza S. died
with spasms at three years of age; Rebecca
D., wife of A. F. Ainsworth, of Liberty Hill;
and the remainder died in infancy. In closing
his autobiography,-Mr. Grant, says: "And
now, at the close of the year 1860, in the
full and perfect enjoyment of all my powers,
mental and physical, the retrospect of my
-life affords me much satisfaction, and causes
but little regret. Goodness and mercy have
truly followed me all my days, and I see
much in the past to call forth gratitude to
God, and inspire hope in Him for the futui'e.
I have no fault to find with this life, while I
indulge the confident belief that to 'depart
and be with Christ' I shall be perfectly willing
when the Master's summons come."
Daniel V. Grant, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, January
17, 1835. At the age' of thirteen years bhe
was employed as clerk at Freeport, Pennsylvania,
and subsequently was engaged as
steamboat clerk on a line between Pittsburg
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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/m1/799/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .