A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 892
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HTqT)TO- r OF A^LTVl ARO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
Nancy C., wife of 1 I. . llrgainl; ' an(l
Sally, who was burned to death when two
Our subject wAas born Fel)ruary '5, 1847,
in Greenville district, South Carolina, and
came thence to Anderseon county when
two years of age with llis parents. When
twenty-one years of ace he was apprenticed
to the tanner trade, at which lie served one
year, and then startel a tannery of his own
in Anderson district, South Carolina,
where he continued two years. He then
sold out and caine to Texas the following
year, and settled in Anderson county, in
the neighborhood where he now resides.
His first employment was in a tannery located
in Brushy Creek, where he remained
one year. Later he went into farmnig,
working on shares for a year, and secured
work on the construction on the I. &. G.
N. R. R. and from thence to the Texas &
Pacific Railroad, where lie remained as
foreman until 1873, and then returned to
Brushy Creek, where he married and commenced
farming and ginning until 1882.
At this time our subject, with Dr. Lawrence,
engaged in the mercantile business,
and this partnership continued three years.
The firm was then changed to J. F. & B1. C.
Cely, which firm still continues to do an
extensive and successful business. Our subject
was married in 1873, to Miss Martha
Freeman, a native of Alabama, who is the
daughter of William S. and Elizabeth Davis.
Our subject and wife are the parents of
seven children, as follows: Betty, at home;
Ella, deceased; Anna; Willie, deceased;
John, Sarah, and George, deceased. Our
subject took charge of his father's estate at
sixteen, the father having died at that
ti me. lie was thrown on his own resources
at the age of twenty-one. He landed in
Texas with $3.50, but now has 356 acres,
and 100 under cultivation, also stock sufficient
to conduct the place, with a half interest
in the store building and stock of
goods valued at $7,000, also outstanding
collectible accounts to the amount of $15,000.
In politics he is a Democrat, and a
member of the Masonic fraternity, Master
Mason. Both subject and wife are mnembers
of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, of which be is Recording Steward,
Circuit Steward and Superintendent of the
B R. J. I. BOiNNER.-This most excellent
gentleman and highly respected
citizen is a physician and
surgeon of Fairfield, Freestone county,
Texas, and is a representative of one of
the largest, oldest and wealthiest families
of the State. He is a son of Dr. John
Bonner, who was born in Abbeville district,
South Carolina, in 1794, where he
was also reared-and received his literary
education. His advantages in the matter
of schools were of the best, having taken a
thorough collegiate course, and having
graduated with great credit. General
Longstreet, afterwardof Confederate fame;
Judge Lipscomb, afterward of the Supreme
Court of Texas; Governor A. P. Bagby,
afterward of Alabama; and other less distinguished,
but very worthy men,-were his
classmates. He read medicine under the
celebrated Dr. Waddell of South Carolina,
and graduated from the University of
Pen nsy lvania.
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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/m1/906/: accessed June 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.