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: 789
HISTORY OF TEXAS. 780
ary 6, 1812. In the fall of 1853 he brought
his family and a number of negro slaves to
Texas, landing in this vicinity in the following
December. Mr. Faubion has since lived
in the neighborhood, has done much toward
the development of this beautiful and naturally
favored section, and is now ready to retire
from life's duties. In 1861 he built the
beautiful and commodious stone residence he
now occupies. Mr. Faubion has in his possession
many deeds and land warrants, and the
following is taken from an old deed given his
grandfather in Cocke county, Tennessee. It
is described as "a certain tract of land containing
forty-two acres, lying in the county
of Cocke, on the end of a ridge called
Widow's Ridge, beginning at three black
oaks, and running thence west forty-two
poles to a black oak and white oak, south
forty-five, west eighty-three poles to a black
oak sapling, south again sixty poles to a
stake, east forty-five to a stake on his deeded
In 1833, in Cocke county, our subject was
married, and in the course of life they had
seven children, viz.: William, of Leander,
Texas; Jeremiah, of Lainpasas county; James
R., also of Leander; John, of Bell county;
Luther, of Leander; Mary, widow of a Mr.
Wilson, and resides three miles from her
father's home; Isabella, deceased, was the
wife of Andrew Pickle, of Leander. The
*wife and mother died in 1849, and October
3, 1851, Mr. Faubion married Elizabeth
Stephen. Their child died in infancy. Mr.
Faubion has been an active worker in the
Methodist Church for many years.
William Faubion, the eldest son, was born
in Coocke county, Tennessee, February 28,
1835, and was nineteen years of age when his
parents cane to Texas. After marriage he
spent two years in Burnet county, but at the
opening of the late war, on account of Indian
troubles, he returned to Williamson county.
He enlisted as a private in Company D, Sixteenth
Texas Infantry, served in the TransMississippi
Department until the surrender,
and took part in the battles of Milliken's
Bend, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and in Bank's
expedition on Red river. Mr. Faubion now
owns 515 acres of fine land, 150 acres of
which is cultivated. The place was purchased
in 1878, is located two miles northwest
of Leander, and contains over $7,000
worth of improvements. He erected a windmill
at a spring a quarter of a mile from his
house, and forced the water to a 500 gallon
wooden tank, raised ten feet. But, not satisfied
with this, he built a cemented circular
reservoir of stone, five feet deep, and about
twenty feet in diameter, on a point higher
than his stables, and thus has a constant supply
of water. He also has several fine varieties
of fiah in the reservoir.
Mr. Faulbion was married in this neighborhood,
December 22, 1858, to Marinda
Black, a daughter of W. M. Black, who einigrated
from this State to Arkansas in 1848.
To this union have been born ten children:
John, of Jones county, Texas; Mollie, at
home; W. C., of Hill county, this State;
James, at home; E. H., of Williamson
county; Maggie, wife of Travis Harrel, a
medical student; Frank, Louis, Gilbert and
Abbie, at home. Mr. Faubion affiliates with
the Demnocratic party.
James R. Faubion, the third son of John
Faubion, was born in Cocke county, Tennessee,
July 15, 1839, but was reared to mnanhood
in Texas. In 1862 he enlisted for
service in the late war, entering Company A,
Morgan's battalion, and took part in the battles
of Arkansas Post, Mansfield, Pleasant
Hill, in Bank's expedition, and in Marma
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