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: 807
HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ing the East. He takes but little interest in
politics. Mr. Casey is numbered among the
oldest pioneers of the county, and is familiar
with the trials, hardships and deprivations
incident to pioneer life. He has been looked
upon as one of the most substantial and
worthy citizens of the county for many years.
J OHN N. McFADIN, deceased.-The
valuation of human life in any specific
instance may not be determined alone
from the subjective success attained in
temporal affairs nor as set apart and isolated
from the associations which may either hedge
or broaden the individual sphere of action.
A man's life is, in the broader sense, not his
alone, but becomes a very part of the composite
life of all those who come within the
ever diverging lines of his influence. Responsibility
of more than a selfish sort canopies
life and at the apex of an angle of influence
each man is placed-it being his to accomplish
either good or evil in the world to the
extent of his personal potentiality in either
direction. All honor then is to be accorded
to those who pass away, leaving the world
better from their having there lived. To establish
a record of such a life in a connection
of this order is both a privilege and a duty,
and it is with a feeling of veneration that we
essay the task of briefly touching upon the
more salient points in the life of one whose
days were practically consecrated to the accomplishment
of kindly deeds.
The subject of this memoir, John N. McFadin,
was the eldest son of David II. and
Jerusha (Dyches) McFadin, and was born in
Jefferson county, Texas, August 11, 1838.
When he was eight years of age the family
removed to Williamson county, where his
father conducted extensive operations in stock
raising. We can readily call to the mind's
eye a picture of the scenes that must have
marked the youth of our subject. Much of
his time was passed in the saddle and in caring
for the cattle as they roamed the farsweeping
prairies. In those early days educational
facilities were necessarily meagre,
but the boyish mind had cognizance of a
broader mental discipline than that which
was represented in the vicinity, and he avidi.
ously pursued his preliminary studies in the
primitive subscription schools and later, by
close application, obtained a good classical
and practical education, eventually fitting
himself for the ministry in the Christian
Church. In connection with this work of
preparation, which would have been sufficient
to demand the undivided attention of the
average man, he was simultaneously pursuing
a systematic study of the law and was
early admitted to practice at the bar. To
such a nature, unselfish and devoted, therp
could not fail an accomplishment of good in
any field of endeavor, but continuing his
studies, his inclinations and judgment led
him in other directions than that of the ministry
and he determined to devote himself to
practice at the bar. In view to this end lihe
had, as before stated, lent his efforts by a
thorough course of private study at home,
and the indomitable will of the man and the
breadth of his mentality have, perhaps, been
more strongly defined in no other instance
than this. For fifteen years he successfully
prosecuted his profession at various
points in the State-Georgetown, Cameron,
Austin and Taylor. That his ability and integrity
should soon meet with public recognition
was but in the nature of things. and
soon there came to him the preferment as
Chief Justice of Williamson county. At the
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