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ifIS TORY OF TEXAS. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~O5C
Mr. Byrum has served as Deputy Tax Collector
twelve years, and will succeed his
fiather-in-law to that office. He has five children,
Jesse L., William L., Susan E., Richard
D. and Daniel L. Mrs. Bruce died in 1887,
'aged fifty-nine years, she having also been a
member of the church from girlhood. Mr.
Bruce was married the third time, in September
1889, to Miss Rebecca Kinard, a daughter
of M. L. Kinard, of Union county, Arkansas.
It is almost needless to add that during his
official career, our subject has managed the
office well, and has an enviable reputation as
an honest and efficient public servant. From
his constituency only words of the highest
commendation are heard. His successor, R.
D. Byrum, has had a most thorough schooling
in the office, and the interest of the people
in this line will receive the highest degree of
consideration. Mr. Bruce has ever been a
devoted Christian, was connected with the
church in early life, and always takes a working
place in the church and the society of
which he is a-member.
T ERRELL W. AYCOCK is one of the
farmers of Milani county, Texas, who
has been selected for representation in
the history of his county.
Mr. Aycock is a son of Bryant F. and
Sarah (Winston) Aycock, his paternal grandparents
being William Terrell Aycock and
nee Mary Cotton, the former of Irish descent,
the latter of English, and both early
settlers of Alabama. Bryant F. Aycock was
born and reared in Alabama, and was a graduate
of the University of Alabama located at
Tuscaloosa. Hie caine to Texas early in the
fifties and located at Caldwe'l, Burleson
county, where he met and, in 1854, married
S trahl Winston, daughter of John L. and
Ann W. Winston, of that county, but formerly
of Alabama, John L. Winston being a
brother of Governor A. A. Winston of the
latter State. Bryant F. Aycock served as the
Clerk of the District Court of Burleson
county, read law, was admitted to the bar,
began the practice of his profession at Caldwell,
and was doing a good business when
the war came on. He entered the Confederate
army in 1861, and the following year
died in the service at Bowling Green, Kentucky.
An honest, brave, intelligent man,
good citizen, kind husband and indulgent
father; a Democrat in politics, an ardent
supporter of the cause of the Confederacy, a
popular gentleman, and a zealous Mason, his
life was one of which his posterity may be
justly proud. He and his wife were the parents
of three children: Terrell W., whose
name heads this sketch; Ola, a merchant of
Coleman city, Texas; and Bryant F., a
farmer of Milam county. Mr. Aycock's
widow is now the wife of A. D. Cooper of
Terrell W. Aycock was born in Burleson
county, Texas, February 26, 1856, but was
reared chiefly in the county in which he now
lives, his mother having moved here at the
opening of the war, and made her home with
her parents for some years. He was educated
in the University of Georgetown, this State,
and after his marriage, which event occurred
in 1881, he located on a farm about half way
between Cameron and Rockdale, where he
has since resided and devoted his energies to
agricultural pursuits. His farm comprises
450 acres, eighty of which are improved and'
under cultivation. What he has he has made
himself, and while he is not wealthy he owns
good property, and with this start and his
habits of industry and economy he is very
certain to own more.
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