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HISTORY OF TEXAS.755
former formerly owned a farm eighteen miles
north of Bastrop, where he raised a large
family of children. In 1887 he came to
Elgin, invested his means in town property,
which he rents, and also has a good, commodious
residence. During the late war
Mr. Davis enlisted in Company C, Allen's'
regiment, in the Trans-Mississipi Department,
and served in Arkansas and Louisiana.
During the march from this State to Camp
Nelson, Arkansas, in August, nearly the entire
regiment became sick. After remaining
ill for a long time, Mr. Davis received a
final discharge, and returned home, but after
recovering his health served on detached
duty, having been principally engaged in
driving beef cattle.
At Round Rock, Williamson county, in
1852, our subject was united in marriage
with Miss Emily Pettijohn, a daughter of
Andrew and Mary Pettijohn, natives of
Indiana and Illinois, respectively. The parents
located in Williamson county, Texas,
in 1852, but afterward came to Bastrop
county, where the father died in 1868. The
another departed this life five days previous
to her husband. They were the parents of
six children, viz: John, who died while in
service in the late war; Emily, now Mrs.
Davis; Jacob, who was wounded at the battle
of Shiloh, returned home, and died at Rockdale,
in 1892: Rachel, deceased in 1879, was
the wife of B. T. Middleton, who served as
Captain in the Civil war, and died at Rockdale,
December 15, 1892; Andrew, also a
soldier in the war; and Samuel, a farmer of
Erath county, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Davis
have had nine children, six now living, as
follows: Andrew J., a farmer of Wichita
county, Texas; Mary A., wife of Dr. F.
Martin, an eminent physician of Kyle, this
State; James W,, engaged in the lumber
business at Manor; Gallant W., a stockraiser
of Wyoming; Nanny D., wife of Rev.
M. T. Martin, a minister of Mississippi, and
Dora L., wife of B. J. Greshain, a merchant
of Smithville, Bastrop county. Mr. Davis is
independent in his political views, affiliates
with the Masonic fraternity, and both he and
his wife are members of the Methodist
ENRY H. GILLEY, a prominent farmIr
er and stock-raiser of Burleson county,
Texas, was born at the mouth of the
Brazos river in this State, in 1846.
At the age of fifteen, before he had any educational
advantages he entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in the Second Texas
Infantry, with which he went at once to the
front, rendezvousing in west Tennessee and
north Mississippi, reaching them in time to
take part in the battle of Shiloh and the engagement
at Corinth. He was in all the subsequent
operations to the investment and fall
of Vicksburg. The mettle of the boy soldier
was tried many times duringthese few months,
but he acquitted him self worthily on all occasions,
and more than once received the coinmendation
of his immediate commander.
While the Federals were tunnelling under
Vicksburg, volunteers were called for upon
one occasion in the vicinity of where his company
was stationed, for the purpose of attempting
to dislodge a party of workmen who
were vigorously prosecuting their labors just
outside the Confederate breastworks. Young
Gilley offered his services, and for four days
he and his comrades devoted themselves energetically,
and finally with success to the task
of routing the Federals. After the fall of
Vicksburg,.oung Gilley came west and again
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