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764 A HISTORY OF TEXAS.
sonality, and did much for the comunity in
which be lived. He was a liberal supporter
of the Presbyterian Church, and a member
of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. and Mrs.
Mason had five children: David, deceased;
Alpheus S., our subject; Lon, wife of Dr. A.
N. Graham, of Lampasas; John B., deceased;
and C. C., of Travis county. The wife and
mother died in North Carolina, in 1848, and
in 1850 the father married Mary J. Carothers,
who still survives. They had seven children,
viz.: J. N., a resident of Leander, Texas;
Margaret J., wife of J. H. Fanbion, also of
that city; Addie B., deceased; Pinckney, deceased;
Nancy, deceasrd; Gussie, deceased;
and Belle, wife of Dr. T. H. Locke, of Leander.
Alpheus T. Mason, the subject of this
sketch, has followed merchandising quite extensively
in this county, but his chief occupation
has been that of farming. In 1866 he
located on the site of his present home, where
he has 800 acres, 200 acres of which is under
a good state of cultivation. In addition to
the home tract, he also owns other farms, aggregating
1,000 acres. Mr. Mason answered
to the call of his country in 1862, and enlisted
as a private in Company A, Morgan's
Battalion of Cavalry, and served in the
Trans-Mississippi Department. During the
last year of the war he was a member of the
Quartermaster's Department. He participated
in the battles of Pleasant Hill, Yellow
Bayou, Mansfield, in Bank's expedition, and
saw the lamented General Greene, of Texas,
killed. In his political relations, Mr. Mason
is identified with the Democratic party. He
is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and for a number of years has
served as Superintendent of the Sundayschool.
In Williamson county, September 15,
1859, he was united in marriage with Mar.
garet J. Carothers. They had six children,
viz. (Clabe S., a farmer of Leander, Texas;
Della, wife of L. F. Chapman, a hardware
merchant of Georgetown; Thomas, telegraph
operator for the Austin & Northwestern
Railroad, at Fairland, Texas; Nora, Lou and
William, at home. The wife and mother
died November 15, 1889. She was a zealous
Christian lady, and devoted to her husband
C. C. Mason, a brother of A. S. Mason,
and a resident of the same neighborhood, was
born February 25, 1847. Hle was too young
to participate in regular service during the
late war, but was a member of the State militia.
Mr. Mason owns 300 acres of land in
this county, 110 acres cultivated, where he is
engaged in general farming and stock-raising.
He was married January 1, 1867, to Sarah
J., a daughter of 3M. J. Wells. They have
had ten children, namely: Martin J., deceased;
James N., engaged as clerk in the general
mercantile store of Jesse Humble; and
F. Crotis, S. Zora, C. Carl, E. Fay, Lorenzo,
D. Maggie and D. Ernest, at home. The
wife and mother died February 9, 1891.
She was a member of and an active worker in
the Presbyterian Church, and was a woman of
many graces of character. Mr. Mason is also
a member of that church, and affiliates with
the Democratic party.
ASW ILLIAM W. MORRIS, the leading.
merchant of Corn Hill, Williamson
county, was born in Arkansas, November
1, 1856, a son of Rev. Samuel and
Virginia (Wade) Morris. the former a native
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