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 Page: 784
H8ISTORY OF TEXAS.
When the war was over Captain Kolb returned
home and, directing his attention to
the problems of peace then confronting the
country, purchased more land, which he
opened up and branched out in the successful
pursuit of his farming enterprises. His
present place, consisting of 750 acres, has been
purchased from time to time as he has earned
the means and has been improved from year
to year in the same way; 500 acres of it is
now under cultivation and it is well stocked
and furnished with a good class of farm
buildings including a gin which is run regularly
through the ginning season. The farm
lies in the San Gabriel valley, being in one
of the richest agricultural sections of the
county. It is all black soil and yields in accordance
with the well-known productiveness
of the " black waxy belt." Captain Kolb has
given his attention for thirty-odd years exclusively
to agricultural and kindred pursuits
in which he has met with reasonable success.
He has never held any public office, having
refused all offers of this nature. He has a
high regard for the good opinion of his fellow-men
and endeavors by all legitimate
means to win it, but he does not confound
this with popular applause, to gain which so
many men spend a large share of their time
and effort. Captain Kolb has been a Democrat
all his life, but National politics attracting
very little interest in Texas at an early
day, he never cast a vote for a Presidential
candidate until 1868, voting then for Seymour
and Blair, the regular Democratic nominees.
In 1859 he was made a Mason and has taken
an active part in the order since that date.
He is also a member of the Knights of
The brothers and sisters of the subject of
this notice were: Sarah Ann, who was married
to B. A. Parrott; Parthenia A., who was
married to George Green; Mary A., who was
married to B. M. Martin; John Fletcher, who
died in Shelby county, eastern Texas, 1855;
William G., who enlisted in Waller's Battalion
and died at Hempstead during the late
war; Hugh, who died in the Confederate
army also; Americus, who married Mr. Alexander
and lives in Freestone county on her
father's old homestead; Georgie A., who was
married to M. Fletcher; Martha, who was
married to A. B. Bell, and Milton, who was
married to George Johnson and died in 1880
in Llano county.
Captain Kolb has been twice married. In
1849 he married Miss Charity Robinson who
died two years later, leaving one child, Fannie
S. March 11, 1855, he married Miss Martha
Jane Jackson, daughter of E. D. and Annie
Jackson, then residents of Washington
county, this State. The issue of this union
has been seven children: William H., who
died in infancy; Abner P., who died in early
youth in 1878; Charles L., who was born in
1860; Mattie A., born in 1868; Lela V., born
in 1871; Minnie A., born in 1873, and Della
F., born in 1877.
PUCKETT, a successful farmer of
Travis county, was born in Vigo
county, Indiana, January 21, 1831, a
son of Thomljas and Nancy (Tarbin) Puckett.
The family are of Irish descent, and lived in
North Carolina at the time of the Revolutionary
war, in which they took a prominent
part. The father of our subject was born in
that State, and when eighteen years of age
took part io the war of 1812, serving in both
the North and South. During the battle of
New Orleans he was stationed as guard near
that city. After the close of the struggle
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