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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
His farm and residence are located about one
mile from the village of Corn Hill.
Mr. Young was married in 1870 to Miss
Evaline Donnell, who was born in this county,
August 3, 1855, a daughter of S. W. and
Martha (Wilson) Donnell, natives of Tennessee.
The parents came to Texas in 1850,
where the father died in 1880, and his wife
in March, 1873. Our subject and wife have
eight children, namely: Nanny L., born
April 6, 1872, is the wife of R. N. O'Neal, a
farmer of Williamson county; Hattie, born
December 5, 1875, is at home; Betty, born
January 14, 1878; Annis, February 4, 1883;
Maggie, March 16, 1885; Barnet R., January
15, 1887; Virga, July 27, 1889; and
Willena, December 11, 1891. Mr. Young
takes a leading part in 1)emocratic politics,
but never aspires to public office. Both he
and 'his wife are members of the Methodist
R. A. C. ISAACS, a retired physician
and a prominent, prosperous farmnner of
Milam county, was born in Lincoln
county, Tennessee, November 16,1826. IHis
parents, Abraham Y. and Agatha (Burford)
Isaacs, were natives of Virginia and Georgia,
respectively. They were, however, residents
for many years of Tennessee, where their parents
were early settlers. The another died in
Tennessee in 1838, aged forty-two. and the
father in Texas in 1868, at the age of eightyfour.
They belonged to the plain, substantial,
farming class of citizens, having sufficient
wealth to give their children reasonably
good educational advantages; had an appreciation
of these opportunities, as well as many
of the higher graces of life. They had two
sons and seven daughters, all of whom at48
tained maturity, but only three are now living.
The older son, Solomon B., was for some
years a prominent and successful lawyer of
Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he was
assassinated in his office about 1840. All
the daughters but two are dead, Lucinda MeCown
and Maria Kincaid, both living in
The subject of this sketch was reared in
his native county in Tennessee, spending his
boyhood and youth on the home farm and
enjoying the benefit of such schools as were
in reach, his literary education being obtained
mainly at a local academy in Madison county,
Alabama, near which he lived. He selected
medicine for his profession when about twenty
years of age, and at once began reading under
Dr. Robert Forbes, of Limestone county, Alabama,
with whom young Isaacs spent the
greater part of two years. He afterward took
a course of lectures at the Louisville (Kentucky)
University, and, on completing his
studies, settled for practice in Lincoln county,
Tennessee, where he was engaged in professional
duties between two and three years.
Having married in the meantime, he
turned his attention to Texas, which had
but shortly before been admitted into the
Union, and was offering flattering inducemnents
to energetic and ambitious young men
of all professions and business callings. He
moved to that State in 1851, settling in Lavaca
county, where lie invested what means he had
in land and at once began the active practice
of his profession and the prosecution of
his farming interests. He prospered for ten
years, both as a physician and farmer, until
the outbreak of the late war, wlien, with the
general dissolution of the business interests
of the country, not only his planting operations
subsided in a considerable measure, but
his practice also suffered severely. His ef
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