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73b ~HISTORY OF TEXAS.
maturity. Thomas L. now resides in BurlesoN
county; Elnora is the wife of f1. C.
Hooten, a prosperous stock-raiser of San Saba
county; Mary A. married L. Matingale, and
she has since died, Martha A. married G. W.
Capps, and she also has departed this life;
Virginia married R. E. Thompson, and she
died, leaving one child, Nonie May Thompson,
who is living with her grandmother;
Alice C. married W. C. Carroll, and she too,
is now deceased; Rufus C. died at the age of
sixteen years. The mother of this family
died January 3, 1878, after a long life of unselfish
devotion to the interests of her husband
July 1, 1879, Mr. Phegley carried the
subject of this sketch, who was then the
widow of A. M. Denman, formerly of Mississippi,
where they were married November
22, 1866. Mr. Denman was born in Madison
county, Mississippi, June 6, 1841, and entered
the Confederate army before he was
grown, in which he served until the close of
t the war. Five of his brothers served in the
army with him. In 1869 he moved to Texas
and settled in Burleson county. By this
marriage there were three children; Edward
M., unmarried and at home; R. L., who died
young, and Alex Harris, also at home.
Mrs. Phegley was the daughter of Harris
and Frances A. (Hitt) Samuel of South
Carolina. Her father was left an orphan at
the tender age of five years, was early inured
to toil, and learned that self-reliance and perseverance
which contributed to his future
success in life. He was a planter and was
esteemed a worthy man. He served with
bravery through the Florida war and rendered
efficient service to his country. He was a
Mason of forty-one years' standing, and was
a devoted member of the Methodist Epis.
copal Church. He died in Mississippi,
August 12, 1869, after a long and useful life.
Mrs. Phegley bad, by her second marriage,
four children, one of whom died in infancy.
Those now living are: Merifield, born May
28, 1880; John S., born December 23, 1883;
and Frances D., born January 23, 1885.
Mrs. Phegley is a woman of unusual intelligence
and ability, and manages her large
possessions with care and profit. She is a
useful member of the Baptist Church. Her
long residence and business ability have rendered
her well known throughout her comnmunity,
where she is universally esteemed for
her many worthy traits of character.
Itf (F. ALEXANDER, a popular and
successful real-estate dealer of Giddings,
Texas, was born in Tennessee,
January 15, 1814, son of Adley and
Susan (Alexander) Alexander, both natives
of Mecklenberg, North Carolina. The father
was a farmer and died at an early age from
the effects of a fall from a horse, being only
twenty-six years of age at the time of his
death. The mother survived him many years,
living to the great age of eighty.eight, and
died near Giddings in 1886.
The subject of this sketch was the only
child and was reared on a farm, and followed
agricultural. pursuits until 1872. January
1, 1839, he settled in the vicinity of Victoria,
in Victoria county, Texas, his nearest neighbor
being twenty-eight miles away. The
country was wild, all kinds of game, including
deer, turkeys and a few buffalo and bear,
roamed over the vast tracts of land that had
never known the touch of plow or harrow.
In 1847 our subject settled near Evergreen,
where he lived ten years. This place was
then in Washington county. After remain
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