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early death of his parents. At the age of
twelve years he was left to provide for a
mother and younger brothers and sisters. He
has always followed agricultural pursuits,
and iu 1880 became the owner of his first
farmn, consisting of sixty-six acres, and when
he sold the place ten years later, to C. C.
Cargill, its acreage was twice as great. In
1890 Mr. Massengale bought his present
farm of 240 acres, eighty acres of which is
cultivated to corni and cotton. In 1892,
twenty-three bales were raised on the place.
He also feeds about fifty head of beef cattle
annually. Politically, lie affiliates with the
Democratic party, atid takes an active interest
in county and State affairs.
In 1880, Mr. Massengale was married to
Miss Lulu Cargill, a sister of Mrs. W. H.
Burnett, of this county. To this union have
been born three children,-Averitt, John
and Burnett. Mr. and Mrs. Massengale are
members of the Little River Baptist Church.
APT.,P. M. KOLB, an old settler of
Milam county and a prominent and
prosperous farmner, was born in Talbot
county, Georgia, June 25, 1827. His parents,
William G. and Alzada (Troupe) Kolb were
natives, the father of North Carolina and the
mother of Virginia. They were reared however
in the Cherokee Purchase of Georgia,
whither their families moved during their
childhood. They were married in Jones
county, Georgia, and after a residence of some
years in Talbot, Meriwether and Coweta
counties, that State, moved in 1845 to Texas
and settled in what is now Freestone county,
locating on Kechi near the mouth of Negro
creek. There the father bought a tract of
3,000 acres of land which he opened up and
on which he engaged in farming and stockraising.
He was one of the first settlers of
that locality and continued to reside there till
the date of his death in 1876. He died however
at Palestine, whither he had gone on business.
His widow survived him several years
dying in Milam county in 1883. Both were
well advanced in age. Peter M. Kolb, the
subject of this sketch, was the fourth of their
eleven children. He was a young man when
his parents came to this State, his boyhood
and youth having been paused in Georgia.
Soon after coming to Texas he entered the
ranging service, enlisting in a regiment comnmanded
by Colonel John H. Conner, with
which he served for about six months against
the Indians in the western part of the State.
He then returned to Washington county
where he engaged at his trade as carpenter
and gin builder, which be followed there for
a number of years. Marrying in the mean
time, he moved to Grimes county and in 1859
came to Milam county. On coming to this
county he purchased 150 acres of land on
Brushy creek, about four miles west of where
Rockdale now stands, and there he settled
and engaged in farming and stock-raising.
September 8, 1861, he entered the Confederate
army, enlisting in Company D, Hardeman's
Regiment, with which he served in the
campaigns into New Mexico, taking part in
the battle of Valverde, and was on the return
expedition along the Gulf coast, taking part
in the engagements at Mansfield, Pleasant
Hill and Yellow Bayou, closing his services
on the Brazos in Burleson county, where his
regiment was disbanded. On being mustered
into the service he was elected Third Lieutenant
of his company, soon became its commander
and was commissioned Captain in
1863, remaining at its head until the close of
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