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company sent to the relief of General Fannin,
the commander of the Alamo, but that
city fell before the company could get to
their l elief. Mr. Dever was married in
Texas, to Miss Catherine Earley, a native of
Missouri. Two of her brothers served as
privates through the Mexican war. Thomas,
formerly Sheriff of his county, recently died
in California; and John, died of a cancer, in
Washington county, Texas, in the '70s. Mr.
and Mrs. Dever were the parents-of nine
children, viz.: Sinia, who was first married
to Jerome Parter, and after his death she
married J. M. Martin; Nancy, deceased, was
the wife of George Kessee; Mary, wife of W.
W. Henley, of Georgetown; W. T., our subject;
Sarah, deceased at the age of ten years;
Fannie, who died at the same age; Nathan,
who married Rebecca Foster, and resides at
Brenham, Texas; John, deceased when
young; and Alice, also deceased. The mother
died in 1866, aged sixty-eight years, and the
father in 1868, at the age of seventy-one
years. Both were devoted members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
W. P. Dever, the subject of our sketch, enlisted
in the late war in 1861, in Company
B, Perry's regiment, Captain Whorton's coinpany,
and served under Sydney Johnston,
General Bragg and Joseph E. Johnston. He
took part as a cavalryman in all engagements
of the Army of the Tennessee, at one time
had a horse shot under him, but was never
wounded or taken prisoner. Ile never received
a furlough during the war, and did
valiant service. After the close of the struggle
Mr. Dever was engaged in farming and
stock-raising in Washington county, Texas,
until 1890. In the following year he purchased
the livery business of W. W.
Diminitt, since which time he has been
extensively and successfully engaged in
that occupation. He also owns a small
farm near this city.
Mr. Dever was married in 1866, to Miss
Lulu Clay, a daughter of Tacitus Clay, and a
relative to Henry Clay. Mrs. Dever's
mother, whose maiden name was McCrary,
was a relative of the Congressman of the
same name. Our subject and wife have had
fourteen children, as follows: Mary Bell,
widow of Johnston Bell. and has one child,
Willie Johnston; Willie Clay, who died in
1889, aged twenty-one years; Tacitus, a
farmer of Colorado; Kate, the next in order
of birth; Nathan Hendley, engaged in business
with his father; Clay, a trader of stock
in Washington county; Annie Corine and
Pear], pupils of the Southwestern University;
Tula, Inis and Hallie W., attending
the public school; Pharis, deceased at the
age of six years; Vivia, at home; and one
deceased in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Dever
are member of the Methodist Church. Our
subject stands high as an honorable, honest,
worthy and well-to-do citizen.
Ait G. SUTTLES, a prominent farmer of
Williamson county, is a son of Micajah
and Sallie (Ford) Suttles. The Suttles
family were of English descent, an.
came to the colony of Virginia in a very early
day. The grandfather of our subject was living
there at the time of the Revolutionary war,
in which he served as a private 'soldier.
After the close of the struggle he moved to
Georgia, took an active part in the settlement
of that State, and led many expeditions
against the Indians. At one time he was
taken prisoner by the Cherokee tribe, but
escaped while his four guards were asleep.
This fact is mentioned in a history of that
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