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and exerted a wide influence for good
wherever he was known. Mr. Robertson
died A.pril 13, 1861, the day Fort Sumter
was bombarded, aged fifty-one years. His
wife, born November 1, 1814, is still an
honored resident of Taylor, Texas. She has
been a member of the church for nearly half
a century, and with eyes undimmed and voice
unbroken, she still remains a working mnember
now as in former years. They were the
parents of eight children: Colonel John W.
Robertson, formerly an attorney of Austin,
died June 30, 1892, aged .fifty-one years;
he was a member of the Presbyterian Church;
his wife now resides in Randolph county,
Missouri; Maggie T., who died in Johnson
county, Missouri, in 1879, was the wife
of George W. Webster; she was a devoted
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church;
Joseph W., our subject, was the next in order
of birth; James H. is an attorney practicing in
this State, but at present is Judge of the
District Court; has held the office of District
Attorney four consecutive terms; he married
Miss Susie Townsend, of Austin, Texas;
FNannie E., wife of Daniel Moody, of Taylor,
Texas, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church; William F., an attorney of
that city, married Miss Anna Dowling;
Mary R., is married and resides in Austin,
Texas; she also is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South.
Joseph W. Robertson, the subject ot this
sketch, attended the country schools of Tennessee,
and also an academy at Sweetwater,
that State. After leaving school he began
the study of law, and was admitted to the
bar in 1872, and immediately began practice
in Sweetwater. In 1884 he came to Williamson
county, Texas, and in June, 1886,
was appointed to fill the unexpired term as
County Attorney, having been elected to the
same office in the fall of that year. He held
that position until November, 1888, since
which time he has attended to his profession.
Mr.. Robertson is a member of the State
Democratic Executive Committee for the
Twentieth Senatorial district. In 1890 he
entered into partnership with Colonel W. K.
Makeinson in the practice of law. Mr.
Robertson is a member of the Methodist
Church South, of the Masonic order, and
takes an active interest in politics and the
public welfare generally.
He was married January 7, 1875, to Miss
Amelia E. Spillman, of Monroe county, Tennessee.
Her death occurred in Georgetown,
Texas, October 24, 1888, at the age of thirtys
three years. She had been a devout member
of the Methodist Church South for many
years. Our subject is one of the leading attorneys
of the county, has worked his own
way through life, is a faithful student, well
read, and is a member of a leading law
firm of this portion of the State. He deserves
much credit for the position he has reached
in his profession. Among the attorneys of
the of the State who possess business ability,
energy, integrity, enterprise and good knowledge
of his profession, Mr. Robertson well
merits a place.
APTAIN WILLIAM A. YOUNG,
one of the leading farmers of Bastrop
county, was born in Winchester,
Franklin county, Tennessee, December 25,
1831, a son of James W. and Isabella
(Trigg) Young, natives of Loudoun county,
Virginia, and Lexington, Kentucky. They
were married in Tennessee. The father was
a slave-owner and farmer in that State, and
his death occurred in Texas, in 1885. His
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