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roughly in accord with Democratic principles.
For the first land Mr. Owens bought in
Texas he bought $1 per acre. This same
land is now valued at $20 an acre. He has
a fine residence, good outbuildings, etc., and
twelve tenant houses.
J M. WELLS, a prominent farmer and
stock-raiser of Travis county, Texas, a
shrewd business man and esteemed citizen,
was born in this county, January 28,
1859. His parents, Wayman F. and Mary
E. (Bacon) Wells, were early settlers of this
county and numbered among the best people
in this vicinity.
The subject of this sketch is the third living
son, and spent his youth in assisting his
father in the latter's stock business and in
attending school. He resided on the homestead
until his marriage, after which he engaged
in business for himself. After the
death of his father, he purchased the interest
of two of the heirs to his father's estate, for
which lie paid $9,500, and now owns a landed
estate of 1,000 acres of as fine realty as is to
4be found in the country, 250 acres of which
is under a high state of cultivation. He feeds
about 100 head of cattle, 600 sheep and from
twenty to twenty-five horses and mules annually,
and is justly ranked among the most
substantial citizens of his community. All
this prosperity has not come to him by
chance, however, but by hard and persistent
labor. He inherits much of his father's business
ability and good common sense, which,
together with his own energetic disposition,
has carried him forward to success. He is
thoroughly upright in all his dealings, considerate
to all, liberal to the deserving and
unfortunate, and kind to every one, thus gain
ing the universal ie,pect and esteem of his
fellow-men, whose best wishes he enjoys for
his future prosperity and happiness.
January 21, 1886, he was married to Miss
Margaret Dillingham, an estimable lady of
his vicinity, whose father, John Dillingham,
is a prominent resident of Travis county.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells have one child, Eva, an
active and intelligent child, who promises to
become a credit to the family and the State,
in which she was born.
In politics, Mr. Wells is a stanch Democrat,
deeply interested in the public welfare,
and active in all matters relating to local advancement,
justly deserving to be classed
with the representative citizens of this commnunity.
M. WALES, a successful farmer of
Williamson county, was born in Fayette
county, Texas, April 23, 1845,
and was reared to manhood in Florence, this
county. In 1864 he enlisted for service in
the Confederate army, entering Company G,
Baylor's Regiment of Cavalry, in the TransMississippi
Department. He served about
eighteen months, and took part in the battles
of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and many skirmishes.
Mr. Wales now has two farms, consisting
of 650 acres, where he has one gin,
and also owns a half interest in another.
His land is worth about $8,000. Since the
close of the war, in addition to his general
farming, Mr. Wales has also been largely engaged
in the stock business.
In Florence, July 17, 1878, our subject
was united in marriage with Sallie V. Adams,
a daughter of Dr. Philip and Nancy A.
(Caskey) Adams. The Adams family were
among the early Puritans, who settled at
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