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804 a HISTORY OF TEXAS.
The father was a farmer of Tennessee, where
he was raised from four years of age; was
married in that State; in 1817, with his wife
and one child went to Alabama; in 1847 to
Arkansas; and in 1871 came on a visit to his
son in Williamson county, where he died in
October, 1873, aged eighty-two years. He
was a member of the Baptist Church from
his fifty-fifth year. Mrs. Bruce died in
1860, aged seventy-five. She has been a
member of the Baptist Church for about
fifty years The lives, influence and example
of these good old people are an endearing
heritage to the family, the communities to
which they were honored members, and to the
church of their choice. Of their ten children,
only two are now living. Elizabeth is the
widow of Aacy Hadge, and a resident of
Jesse J. was educated in the common
schools of Alabama, where he followed agricultural
pursuits until 1845. In that year,
in company with his wife and three children
he removed to and began the same occupation
in Arkansas, but in 1865 located in Williamson
county, Texas. After farming twelve years
lie was elected Tax Assessor of this county,
holding that position two terms, one of two
and the other of three years, and was then
elected by the Commissioners' Court as Tax
Collector. Mr. Bruce is just finishing his
twelfth year in that office, and will be succeeded
by his son-in-law, who was elected
November 8, 1892. Our subject also served
on a circuit, as supply for two years. In 1850
he was licensed to preach in the Baptist
Church, of which he had been a member from
his eighteenth year, and formerly served that
denomination as Class Leader. He has always
been an ardent supporter of the Church,
was ordained a Local Deacon in 1854, and was
ordained an Elder in 1858.
Rev. Bruce was first married in 1838, to
Miss Mahala Dominick, a daughter of Jacob
and Catherine Dommick, natives of South
Carolina, where Mrs. Bruce was also born.
To this union were born six children, namely:
Martha F., who died in 1881, aged forty-three
years. She married Nathaniel Bill, and they
had fix children, Minerva, Louellen, Cora,
Linn, Susan and Henry. The mother was a
member of the Methodist Church from childhood.
Nancy A., the second in order of
birth, died in 1878, aged forty-two years.
She was the wife of Allen Kirkendall, and
they had seven children, Mahala A., Milton,
Jesse, (deceased), John, Granville, Elmah and
Francis. Landon H., who enlisted in 1861,
in Captain Wallace's Company, was wounded
in the first day's fight at Shiloh, while on a
charge under General Johnston, who was also
mortally wounded. Mr. Bruce lived four
days after being wounded, and died at the
age of eighteen years. He had been a member
of the church since his twelfth year.
Rebecca C. is the wife of Columbus Massengale,
a farmer of Bell county, and they have
one child, Jesse. Virginia was accidentally
burned to death at the age of five years, her
clothes having caught fire while she was
standing before a fire-place, and she lived
only fourteen hours afterward. Louisa 0., the
youngest child, is the wife of James C. De
Shields, a farmer of Williamson county.
They have one child, Mabala. Mrs. Bruce
died in the fall of 1857, aged about forty
years, having been a member of the church
from childhood. Our subject's second marriage
occurred April 1, 1860, to Mrs. Susan
Halley, a daughter of William Parker. They
had four children, viz.: Julia W., wife of P.
D. Byrum; Melissa, who died at the age of
one year; Jackson C.; and Mary, wife of Dr.
Green Robinson, of Leander, this county.
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