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INDIAXN WfARS AND PIONEERS, OF TEXAS.
land. As a citizen he was liberal and publicspirited.
Upon the building of the Gulf, Colorado,
and Santa Fe Railway through Grimes County (in
which he actively interested himself in a financial
way, giving the project his hearty support) a
station was built on lands he owned and named for
The life of John Stoneham was characterized by
a riaid simplicity. The sincerity and honesty of
his (leeds and words were transparent, and felt and
appreciated by all worthy people that knew him.
He was a devoted member of the Methodist church
and gave liberally to churches and schools. The
beautiful little church at Stoneham and the school
at that place stand as monuments to his zeal for
the cause of IHim whose whole life was one of complete,
loving self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.
His unselfishness, integrity, good will for his
fellow-man, his charities, and especially his loving
self-sacrifice for his family, will ever cause his
memory to be honored and revered and, above all,
will it be sacredly enshrined in the hearts of his
widow an(l children. He (lied at Stoneham, Texas,
on August 3d, 1894, in his sixty-sixth year, and
friends from far and near came to pay their last
tribute of respect and love when he was laid to rest
in the old burial grounds on Grimes Prairie. He
left a widow andl eight sons, who have inherited his
estate. Iis sons are among the most thriving and
respecte(d citizens of Grimes County.
J. B. POLLEY,
J. B. Polley, of Floresville, Wilson County,
Texas, was born in Brazoria County, Texas, in 1840.
His fatller, J. H. Polley, and his mother, Mary
(Bailey) Polley, were natives respectively of New
York and North Carolina. J. H. Policy left New
York in 1818, made his way to St. Louis and there
joine(l Moses Austin and made a trip to Texas in
1819. Then, returning to St. Louis, he joined
Stephen F. Austin as one of the original three hundred
wlho came to Texas in 1821. Subsequently,
he married .Miss Mary Bailey, whose father, J.
Britton Bailey, had settled on the Brazos river, opposite
Columbia, in the year 1821. The couple
lived at the edge of Bailey's Prairie until 1847 and
then moved to the Cibolo. about tliirtv miles east
of San Antonio
te husband (lying in 1869l at the
age of seventy-three, the wife ldying in 1888 at
the age of seventy-eight. Eleven ciiild(ren were
born to them, of whom J. B. Policy was the sixth.
The subject of this sketch, J. B. Policy, graduated
at the Florence Wesleyan University at Florence,
Ala., in 1861, returning home just in time to
avoid the blockade of the Texas coast. Enlisting
in Company F., of the Fourth Texas, he served four
years in Flood's Brigade, participating in most of
the important battles in which that command was
engagedl. Wounlded in the head during the first
real battle, tliat of Gaines' Mill, he lost his right
foot in the last real battle in which his regiment
participated, on the l)arbytown road near Richmondl,
October 7, 186 t.
Marryincg Miss .Mattie LeGette in 1866, Mr.
Polley rea(l law and was a(lmitted to the bar in 1868,
but dlidl not begin its practice until 1876, when he
move(d to Floresville, tile county seat of Wilson
Coulnty. IIe was County Attorney in 1877 and
1878, serve(d as a member of the Sixteenth Legislature
in 1879, and since has been engaged in the
practice of lhis profession.
His chil(lren are: Josephine Goldstein, the wife
of E. M. Goldstein,of San Antonio, Texas; Hortense
Rudisill, the wife of L. O. Rudisill, of Fort Worth,
Texas; Miss Mattie Polley, Joseph H. and Jesse
Polley, the latter born in 1881.
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