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HISTORY OP TEXAS.
On the close of the war, Mr. Brymer returned
home and engaged in farming. He
began 'by renting land, but, as soon as he was
able, he purchased a small tract, consisting of
100 acres, to which he has added from time
to time until his holdings now amount to 850
acres, about 100 acres of which is under cultivation.
Mr. Brymer gives some attention
to stock-raising, and is an industrious, thrifty
and well-to-do farmer.
In 1861 he married Miss Frances Lucas, a
daughter of the Rev. William Lucas, a wellknown
and highly-respected Baptist minister
of Burleson county. They had four children:
William E., Eula Lee; Leonard, deceased, and
Fannie. The devoted wife and mother died
in 1875, followed by the regret of all who
knew her, her many estimable qualities having
gained for her universal respect and
affection. In 1877 Mr. Brymer was married
to Miss Frances Hilliard, daughter of John
Hilliard, of Trinity county, east Texas. The
children of this marriage are: Wade, Mabel,
Bertie, Ethel, Grace, Garnet, Myra and Dudley
Mr. Brymer is a Democrat in politics, and
a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
He is deeply interested in the welfare of his
community, and is prompt to aid any measure
tending to its advancement, either materially
B3 ROOK C. DUVAL, a farmer of Bastrop
county, was born in Robinson
county, Tennessee, December 1, 1848,
a son of James C. and Mary R. (Wilkins)
Duval. The Dural family were among the
very early settlers of Virginia, where the
father of our subject was born. He was a
graduate of Lexington Medical College, of
Lexington, Kentucky, and immediately began
practice in Tennessee, where his father had
moved when a boy. In December. 1855, Mr.
Duval came to Bastrop, Texas, where he
abandoned the practice of medicine and engaged
in farming and stock-raising. He
continued the latter occupation until death,
which occurred in 1888, at the age of seventy
years. During the Civil war, Mr. Duval espoused
the cause of the South, and in the
early part of that struggle joined the Texas
State troops, where he served until the war
closed. Of the eight children born to Mr.
and Mrs. Duval, all lived to years of maturity:
Mary A., wife of C. L. Morgan, of Lampasas,
Texas; Brook C., our subject; Melvina,
wife of W. T. Higgins, of Bastrop;
Bettie H., who married James H. Robinson,
of Corsicana; Annie L., of Bastrop; America,
wife of John Carroll, of Hubbard City;
and Wilkins and Ella, of Bastrop. Mrs.
Duval died in 1891, at the age of sixty-three
years. She was a member of the Christian
Church for many years, and always took an
active interest in church affairs.
Brook C. Duval, the subject of this sketch,
attended the schools of Bastrop, and at the
age of nineteen years entered Baylor University,
of Waco, graduating at that institution
in 1869. Since that time he has been engaged
in farming on his father's farm, and he
now cultivates 300 acres of Colorado river
bottom land. He gives special attention to
the raising of cotton and corn.
In 1881 our subject was united in marriage
with Miss Mary B. Higgins, who was
born in Bastrop, Texas, in 1861, a daughter of
Jacob C. Higgins. Mr. and Mrs. Duval have
had three children, only the youngest of
whom is now living, Hugh H., born March
1, 1884. Our subject and wife are members
of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Duval takes
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/821/?rotate=90: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .