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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Virginia and of his family little is known to the
writer. Thomas moved to South Carolina, where he
married Miriam Ferguson, a daughter of the noted
Tory Ferguson, who was captured at the battle of
the Cowpens by Gen. Marion. This couple were
the grandparents of the subject of this memoir
and of Dr. J. J. Lumpkin, of Meridian, Texas.
To Thomas and Miriam Lumpkin two sons were
born, Bradshaw. and Abram Ferguson Lumpkin,
the latter the father of Simon H. and Dr. J. J.
Bradshaw Lumpkin is still living in South
Carolina and is now nearly one hundred years
old. He participated in many battles with the
Indians in Florida, took part in the Texas revolution
and war between the United States and
Mexico. His brother, Abram F. (a farmer), when
the war between the States began, entered the Confederate
army and served until its close. Six of
his sons (three of whom yielded up their lives
on the battle-field) also entered the army. Those
who fell in the defense of the South were:
William, killed February 4, 1865, while on
detailed scouting duty near Richmond, Va.; Philip
P., killed in the battle of Cold Harbor, May 31,
1864, and Abram Joseph, killed in the battle of
Seven Pines, May 31, 1862. The other sons are
still living. Mr. Abram F. Lumpkin died February
25, 1875, and his wife January 13, 1892.
Simon H. Lumpkin, the subject of this notice,
completed his literary education at Wafford College,
S. C., and Transylvania University, Lexington,
Ky.; taught language in a private school at
Lexington for a time; taught school for about
a year at Centerville, Ga.; in October, 1873,
moved to Texas, and became principal of the La
Grange College; remained at the head of that
institution for about a year, and in November,
1874, was admitted to the bar, having assiduously
studied law at leisure moments during the preceding
four years. Soon thereafter he moved to
Bosque County and entered upon the practice of
his profession. He was very successful from the
start. At first he took criminal as well as civil
cases, but for years past he has confined himself
strictly to civil business. He practices in all the
State courts and in the United States Supreme
Court, and is considered one of the ablest lawyers
at the bar of Central Texas. He has been active
in politics as a Democratic leader, has attended
the various conventions, served as a member of
State and county executive committees, and has
done yeoman service upon every occasion when
a battle was on for party supremacy. He was
married April 4, 1876, to Miss Laura Alexander,
the third white child born in Waco, and daughter
of Capt. T. C. Alexander. She is also a grandniece
of the noted Rev. Bob Alexander, the pioneer
Methodist preacher of Texas. She graduated at
the University of Waco in 1872. Of this union
three children have been born: Jimmie (a daughter),
Abram and Ora. The family are all members
of the M. E. Church South. Mr. Lumpkin is a
member of the Masonic and I. O O0. F. fraternities.
He has an elegant residence in Meridian,
and the grounds are tastefully adorned, and he
has a fish lake on the place. He also owns among
other realty nine farms in the county, aggregating
three thousand acres, which he is constantly improving.
In 1887 he bought out the lumber yard
in Meridian, and in 1891 also bought the lumber
interests at Walnut Springs, and is doing a thriving
business at both places. His success in life
has been due to the possession not only of natural
abilities of a high order, but constant study, firmness
of purpose and unbending integrity.
The Hardin family are known to be descendants
of a widow lady who emigrated from France to
America, landing in Philadelphia with four sons,
John, Henry, Mark and Martin Hardin. Her husband,
in some of the internal commotions in France,
had to flee for his life. Whether he was pursued
and killed, or died by other casualty, is unknown.
He was never heard of by his wife after bidding her
adieu and riding away. From the best information
that can be obtained, she was one of the Huguenots
who came to America to escape persecution by
Louis XIY., in the year 1685. William Hardin, the
grandfather of Frank Hardin, subject of this
memoir, is supposed to have been a grandson of
this widowed lady.
Frank Hardin was born on the 25th day of
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