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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
tice of the Peace for four years, and is now
filling an appointment of George Seay, who
died in September, 1892. Mr. Bozarth was
Sheriff in Dunklin county, Missouri, for four
years, in 1847, about forty-five years ago,
having been one of the pioneers of that
county, amnd discharged his duties efficiently.
Before he left Missouri he entered the Legislature
of that State, where lie continued for
In 1846 our subject was married to Miss
Rebecca Stein, who died in 1870, aged fortytwo
years. She was a member of the Christian
Church. They had fourteen children,
four of whom died in infancy, but the other
ten grew to maturity. Jonathan, the oldest,
died at the age of thirty-five years, leaving
seven children: Miles, died when thirty, leaving
two children; Mary J., afterward Mrs.
C. Williams, died aged twenty years; John
T., died at twenty-five; Rebecca M., died at
twenty-five; Franklin P., died at thirty years.
leaving two children; Elizabeth, who became
Mrs. C. B. Hosey, had one child, and died at
the age of twenty-three; Samuel L., died at
the age of nineteen; Sterling Price, married
Sallie Bulls, and lives on a farm in Lee
county; and George, died at the age of eighteen.
As something unusual, the wife and
all of the deceased children died within ten
years. Jonathan was Sheriff of Llano county,
when he died. He had served three terms
and took sick the very day that he was elected
the fourth time. He was intensely popular
and had but fifty-three votes against him.
He was a fine looking man, and his death was
deeply deplored. Miles was Deputy-sheriff
in Lee county for four years, and for two years
was Constable in Giddings precinct.
The present wife of our subject was a Miss
Octave Elizabeth Williams, whose parents
were old settlers of Texas, to which State they
came when her father was a small boy. Mrs.
Bozarth was reared in Fayette county, and
was educated in Rutersville College. She
'taught school in Warda for four years, and
was a lady of talent and scholarship. She
married Mr. Bozarth in 1884. Both our
subject and his wife are members of the
Christian Church. He has belonged for a
number of years to the Masonic order, in
which he is a Royal Arch Mason. He now
takes little interest in politics, but is still
active in his Masonic duties, having filled
every position in that order in Tyler. He is
also a prominent member of the I. 0. 0. F.,
in which he has filled all the chairs and of
which he has been Grand Representative three
times, and every time from the same lodge,
which initiated him.
Both as a citizen and as a public officer he
has been faithful, energetic, prompt and active
in the discharge of all duties, and has
filled all his public trusts satisfactorily, and
whenever he has been a candidate, he has
been re-elected. As a private citizen, our
subject has managed his business until he
now is in easy circumstances. He has been
enterprising and public-spirited, often giving
time and money to forward the interests of
the county, and takes rank with the best
RS. ALEXANDER McRAE, of
Hyde Park, Austin, Texas, is a sister
of C. Puckett, who is well known in
Travis county. She was born in
Vigo county, Indiana, February 27, 1837,
and was four years old when her parents
moved to Texas. Here her early childhood
was passed amid the privations of pioneer
life. After her mother's death she kept
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