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 Page: 752
of sterling worth. and was highly respected.
He was married to Emma Hanson, and they
reared four children: Matilda, wife of A.
Newlin; A. J., whose name heads this notice;
August, who died in 1866, and Lena, wife of
A. J. Palm: four children died in infancy.
Mr. Nelson was married in January 4,
1870, to Hattie, daughter of John Nelson.
She was born in 1850, and at the age of
seventeen years came to Texas; they are the
parents of six children: Mary B., Carl A.,
Oscar A., Elda, Thomas and Walter.
Upon the organization of the First National
Bank, of Georgetown, Mr. Nelson became one
of the heavy stockholders, and was elected
Vice-president of the corporation, a fitting
recognition of his superior ability as a financier.
Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic
party; in his religious faith he adheres
to the teachings of the Lutheran Church.
f GENNETH MURCHISON, one of the
leading farmers and pioneer settlers . f
Bastrop county, was born in Travis
county, Texas, December 17, 1841, a
son of Alexander and Mary (Nicholson) Murchison,
natives of North Carolina, and of
Scotch parentage. The parents spent four
years in Tennessee, and in 1839 came by
water to Texas, landing at the mouth of the
Brazos river, at what is now known as Velasco.
They then hired ox teams of a Mr.
Moore, and landed in Travis county, in June,
1839. At that time only a few people resided
in the county, and their daughter,
Nancy J., is supposed to be the first white
child born in Travis county. Mr. Murchison
erected many of the first houses in Austin,
but remained in that city only a few
years, after which he began farming on (Gil
den's creek. Three years later he embarked
in the manufacture of hats in Bastrop, having
been a hatter by trade, and after the annexation
of Texas to the United States came to
Cedar Creek. He followed farming and stockraising
until his death, which occurred in
1873. Mr. Murchison did not participate in
the war of 1846, but was a member of the
minute men of his country, and took part in
a number of engagements with the Indians.
During his residence in Cedar Creek the Indians
were very troublesome. During the
late war he espoused the cause of the South,
and donated of his means to support the
army. At that time he owned a large body
of land, an immense herd of cattle, was considered
one of the most successful raisers of
hogs in the county, and furnished the Blind
and Insane Asylum, of Austin, with pork.
When Mr. Murchison first came to the
county, milling was done on the San Marcos
river, a distance of about forty miles, and it
required a week to make the trip. Society
was of rough nature, but pure and honest,
and churches and schools were scarce. A
brother of Mr. Murchison, Daniel Murchison,
was one of Austin's very first settlers, and
was a noted land locater. After the Germans
came into Texas he moved to New Brownsville,
was looked upon by the Germans as a
leading man, and located most of their land
for them. He afterward married a German
lady, and his death occurred in that county.
During the war he was a Union man, and after
the close of the struggle was a member of
the Reconstruction Convention of Texas. Mr.
and Mrs. Alexander Murchison were the parents
of seven children, five of whom grew to
years of maturity: Isabella, widow of H. T.
Holt, and a resident of this county; Mary
C., of Georgetown, is the widowoof Dr. J. F.
DeBardleben; Kenneth, our subject; Peter,
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