A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 762
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H2ISTOR OF NiA VARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
located in Virginia, where lie was a prominent
business man. In 1866, he returned
to Arkansas from Texas, and died in 1871.
His father, Robert Westmoreland, was
born in Virginia in 1780, and married a
Miss Pennington, also a native of that
State. Our subject's mother, nlee Elizabeth
Park, was a daughter of Samuel Park,
of Georgia, ard a Revolutionary soldier.
The parents of our subject had the following
cllildren: W. T., S. R., John A. and
W. T. Westmoreland had only slight
educational opportunities, and his knowledge
has been attained principally by actual
contact with business men and their methods.
In 1862 he enlisted in the Nineteenth
Texas Cavalry, under Colonel Nat.
M. Burford, and served in the Trans-Mississippi
Department. He was on Marmaduke's
raid, saw some fighting on the Mississippi
river, was captured in Louisiana,
and soon afterward paroled. He rejoined
his army at Hempstead, served through
the remainder of the struggle, and disbanded
on the Little Brazos. One year
later our subject removed to Arkansas,
but, not being satisfied with that State, he
located in till county, Texas, near Mount
Calm. Nine years ago he came to Navarro
county and engaged in merchandising,
where he recently formed a partnership
with his son. They carry a stock of
$3,500, and our subject also owns a small
farm in Hill county. In his social relations,
he is a member of the Masonic
Mr. Westmoreland was married in 1868,
to M. A., a daughter of Hardy Jones, an
early settler of this State. Two children
were born to this union, Dalton and Ella
B. The wife and mother died in 1881,
and in September, 1865, the father married
Lulu, a daughter of Henry Coleman.
They have had two children, Mary Ann,
deceased, and Winnifred.
I RESTON OWEN, a successful business
man of Navarro county, was
born in Montgomery county, Texas,
in 1844, a son of Nelson Owen, a native
of Louisiana, born in 1812. The latter
grew to manhood in his native State, afterward
engaged in freighting and farming
in Iarris county, Texas, later moved to
Montgomery county, and in 1852 came to
Navarro county, where he died in 1879.
He was a man of limited education, but
acquired an extensive general knowledge,
was universally recognized as a man of
sound judgment, and was a devoted memnber
and Steward of the Methodist Church.
His parents, Samuel and Hettie (Prather)
Owen, were natives of Kentucky. Our
subject's mother (nee J. White) was born
in Louisiana, a daughter of Solomon and
Mary White. Mr. and Mrs. Owen were
married in Louisiana, in 1835, and were
the parents of nine children, viz.: Jesse,
deceased; Eliza, deceased, was the wife of
William Nobles, of Navarro county; Preston,
our subject; the fourth child died in
infancy; Martha, deceased, was the wife of
J. L. Gage, of this county; Nelson and
Valentine. died in infancy.
Preston Owen came with his parents to
Navarro county in 1852, and his early life
was spent in attending school and stock
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/776/: accessed September 18, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.