A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 888
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HIISTOR OF INA VARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
life he has laways been characterized by
the strictest honesty and the utImost fidelity
to trusts. As a Postmiaster he is probably
without an equal in the State for efficiency
and despatch. He is enterpising and public-spirited,
and has materially contributed
to the welfare and progress of Palestine.
9 .L. McDONALD, a merchant and
stocl-raiser of Mexia, was born
and reared in Coosa county, Alabama.
He emigrated to this State in 1869,
at the age of nineteen years. His father,
Daniel McDonald, was born in South Carolina
in 1811; was a farmer by occupation;
was a pioneer settler of Alabama, and his
death occurred there. The original ancestor
of that name was from Scotland,
and probably came to America before the
Revolution. Daniel McDonald was united
in marriage with Mary Logan, and they
had children, seven now living. The
mother died in 1875. After locating in
Freestone county the family had very little
means, and tilled and rented land until 1880.
In that year D. L., our subject, came
over the line to Limestone county, and purchased
a tract of 460 acres, 200 acres of
which is under a good state of cultivation.
Although Mr. McDonald secured very little
education, he is endowed with good
business sagacity, and his plans have in
the main worked out admirably, his investments
seldom reversing hin financially.
Of late years he has handled cattle extensively,
feeding and shipping, and it he
continues to meet with the same good fortune,
his pecuniary standing will le at the
head of the procession. In June, 1891,
Mr. McDonald engaged in the retail grocery
business in Mexia, succeeding Reuben
Long, and has a fife trade.
He was united in marriage, in 1880,
with Miss Carrie, a daughter of Richard
Burnett, who came from . Mississippi to
Texas in 1870. To this union has been
born the following children: Barney, Ona,
Ena, Talmage and an infant. Mr. McDonald
is a member of the Cumberland Pres-_
byterian Church, of which he was a Ruling
[EFFERSON S. BLANKINSHIP, a
prominent farmer of Freestone county,
Texas, was born in Fayette county,
Alabama, October, 1852. His parents, W.
J. and Mary (Taylor) Blankinship, were
natives of Alabama and Tennessee, respectively.
The father was a farmer and
died at the age of twenty-five. Although
so young when his death occurred, he left
a family of five children to mourn his loss,
only two of whom lived to maturity, the
eldest of these two being the subject, and
the other, A. J., of Erath county. The father,
W. J., came to Texas, overland, in
1853, and located at Nacogdoches county,
where he engaged in farming and stockraising.
His father, the paternal grandfather
of subject, was in the war of 1812
and engaged in the battle of New Orleans.
The maternal grandfather also came to
Texas, and took his little grandson back
with him, the mother also having died
when Jefferson was only ten years old.
When our subject was only twelve year
of age he was cast upon the world and be
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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/m1/902/: accessed June 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.