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deceased, whose widow resides in Bastrop
county; Alexander D., also of this county.
The mother was born July 8, 1804, and now
lives with her son, aged eighty-eight years.
Her mother lived to be about 110 years of
The subject of this sketch, Kenneth Mnrchison,
entered the army at the age of nineteen
years, joining Company B, Seventh
Texas Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel R.
T. P. Allen,-and later under Colonel G. W.
Jones, Sr., of Bastrop. He served in the
Trans-Mississippi Department, took part in
the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill,
after which, with Walker's brigade, was ordered
back to Texas. Mr. Murchison was
captured at Pleasant Hill, but exchanged
eleven days later, for Confederate soldiers
captured on the east side of the river, after
which he rejoined his command at Alexandria,
Louisiana. Previous to the above mentioned
battle, our subject took part in several
minor engagements, the most noted being
Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, where Walker's
regiment was engaged against a regiment of
negroes. He was elected First Lieutenant
of his company, and surrendered at Clear
Creek, Texas. On entering the army his
company comprised 125 men, but at the close
of the struggle only thirty of the original
number were left. After returning home
Mr. Murchison engaged in farming and stockraising,
and remained with his parents until
1870, when he purchased his present farm of
500 acres. Only forty acres of the place was
then under cultivation, and the walls of his
present residence were then standing. The
floor was also made by a Mr. Litton, with a
whip saw. Mr. Murchison has 150 acres of
his place under cultivation, and is engaged
quite extensively in the stock business. At
the opening of 'the late war his father had
10,000 head of cattle, but at the close of that
struggle only a few head were left, which
were brought from Llano county, they having
been taken there in 1857.
December 24, 1868, our subject was united
in marrige with Miss Martha Willmoth
White, a native of Bastrop county, and a
daughter of Hamilton and Tabitha (Hutchinson)
White, natives of Virginia. They came
to Texas in 1836, were among the pioneer
settlers of Bastrop, and also resided in eastern
Texas. The father was a noted Indian
fighter in this section. Mr. and Mrs. Murchison
have had eight children, five now living:
Peter A., Celestia, Nora, Stella and
Kenneth. Mr. Murchison is a member of
the A. F. & A. M., Red Rock Lodge, No.
4IU RS. SARAH J. WALKER, is the
widow of William W. Walker, who
was born and raised in Alabama. He
came to Texas with a sister, Mrs. P.
Allen, in 1836. His brother, Martin Walker,
came to this State the year previous, served
in the Texas revolution, and was wounded
at the battle of San Jacinto, from which he
never fully recovered. He made his home
with his brother the most of his life, and his
death occurred in March, 1889. He had a
small estate, which he left to his brother's
children. William W. Walker located at
Bastrop when that place contained only two
houses, and the second night after his arrival
here he was wounded in the shoulder with
an Indian arrow, while looking after his
horses. He made several trips to Houston
in the freighting business, served in the
ranging service for a time, had many skirmishes
with the Indians, and experienced all
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