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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
GEORGE S. WALTON,
George S. Walton, postmaster at Alleyton,
Colorado County, Texas, was born in Jefferson
County, Ala., March 22, 1821, and emigrated
to Missouri with his parents, Jacob and Jane
Walton, in 1827.
His maternal grandfather, Thomas Goode, was
a soldier in the Revolutionary War of 1776, and his
paternal grandfather was one of the signers of the
American Declaration of Independence.
Mr. Walton served with conspicuous gallantry in
the Mexican War as a soldier in Company N.,
Second Missouri Cavalry, commanded by Col.
Price, and particularly distinguished himself at
Puebla, Colorado, on the 24th of January, 1847.
On that occasion he mounted to the top of a sevenstory
building, tore down the black flag (signifying
no quarter) which the Mexican commander had
hoisted above it, and planted the stars and stripes
in its place. This he did under a heavy fire of
musketry. Fourteen bullet-holes were shot through
his clothing, but fortune, which is said to favor the
brave, stood him in good stead, and he escaped
without a wound. His intrepid act was followed
almost immediately by the surrender of the enemy,
and a three-months' siege was brought to a glorious
He was married, June 20, 1849, to Miss Abigail
Walton, and came to Texas with his wife, in 1858.
They have no children.
During the war between the States, Mr. Walton
was Second-Lieutenant in the Sixteenth Texas, and
fought for the success of the Confederacy until its
star paled in the gloom of defeat.
He has resided at Alleyton since 1860 (except
during the period covered by the war); is a popular
and efficient public official, and has done much
to promote the development and prosperity of his
JAMES H. ROBERTSON,
The subject of this sketch is neither a " pioneer "
nor an " Indian fighter," but is one of the younger
men now prominent in Texas, who came here early
in life without money or acquaintances, and who
have succeeded well professionally and from a business
point of view. He was born in Room County,
Tenn., May 2d, 1853. His parents were James R.
and Mary A. (Hunt) Robertson. His father, who
was a physician and local Methodist preacher, died
April 15th, 1861, leaving the nurture and training
of six small children to the widowed mother. She
was a woman of remarkably strong character and
possessed in a high degree of common sense and
practical judgment. She devoted her life to the
welfare of her children and died surrounded and
mourned by them in Austin, November 16, 1894,
at the age of eighty years and sixteen days.
Whatever of success the subject of this sketch has
attained in life he attributes to the teaching and
care bestowed upon him by his devoted mother.
James H. Robertson received a practical English
education, and at twenty years of age began the
study of law in the office of Col. P. B. Mayfield,
at Cleveland, Tenn. In June, 1874, he moved to
Austin, Texas, where he continued the study of
the law and was admitted to the bar in the summer
of the year following. In September, 1876, he
moved to Williamson County, where he resided for
eight years, during which time he enjoyed a large
and lucrative practice. In 1882 he was elected
to the Eighteenth Legislature, from Williamson
County, and served his constituency with credit to
himself and to their entire satisfaction in that body,
but deserved further honors in this line. In 1884
he was nominated by the Democracy and elected to
the office of District Attorney of the 26th Judicial
District, embracing the counties of Travis and
Williamson, and was successively re-elected to that
office in 1886, 1888 and 1890.
Upon his election to the office of District Attorney
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/332/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .