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WAR$ AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
made his name a household word and won for him
the lasting gratitude of the rank and file of the
party. In 1884 he was nominated and elected
Presidential Elector from his district.
He was married in June, 1B77, to Miss Alma
Louise Woldert, of Tyler. Two children were
born of this union: Alma Ophelia, and Mary
Mrs. Finley died in February, 1883.
January 28th, 1886, Judge Finley was united in
marriage to his present wife, nee Miss Minnie Lee
Sims, of Fort Worth, Texas. Three children have
been born to them: Nora Warena, Horace Webster,
and Nannie Lee. Horace W. died January 2,
1893, aged about four years.
Judge Finley is an active member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South, and holds the office
of steward in the Church, and takes great interest
in Sunday school work. He is a member of the
Masonic, I. O. O. F., and K. of P. 'fraternities,
holding the degree of Knight Templar in Masonry.
There are few lawyers in Texas capable of so
truly adorning a position upon the civil court of
last resort. He possesses a fine judicial mind and
that learning and experience which render his services
in the position he holds invaluable.
H. K. WHITE,
After the revolution of 1835-6 the tide of immigration,
which it was supposed would pour into
Texas upon the establishment of a republican form
of government to be administered by Americans,
was slow in arriving, and even that which came
made but little perceptible change in the condition
-of things, on account of the immense area of territory
over which it was diffused. For a numbei
of year the lower Brazos country, and particularly
Washington County, which was then considered the
Goshen of Texas, received most of the intending
settlers. Some, however, who placed the health of
their families and security from attacks by the
Indians, beyond all other considerations, took up
their residence further to the east, helping to swell
the population of the ancient counties of Liberty,
Harris and Montgomery, and the newer counties
wliich were carved out of these. One of this number
was James White, who settled within the present'limits
of Grimes County in 1841. He was from
Sumter County, Ala., and brought to Texas a numerous
and respectable household of children, upon
whom devolved the labors incident to the new settlement
of a new country which he, on account of
advancing age, was soon forced to abandon. Three
of these childten, sons, now themselves well on in
living, viz.: David and Joseph, in
Grimes County, and Henry K., in Bryan, Brazos
Henry K. White was born in Wilcox County,
-Ala., January 19, 1828. i He was just thirteen
w-he his parents came to Texas. His youth was
spent in Grimes County at the old homestead, five
miles west of Anderson, the county seat. He remained
with his parents until after.he attained his
majority and then left home and went to Louisiana,
where he spent four years engaged in various pursuits,
chiefly agricultural. He then returned to
Texas and, taking up his residence again in Grimes
County, there, in 1853, married Miss Amanda B.
Noble, a daughter of Judge G. B. Noble, an old
Texian, who for many years was a resident of
Houston. From 1858 to 1862 Mr. White was
Treasurer of Grimes County, during -which time and
previous thereto he was engaged in farming, on a
small scale, in that county. He was exempt from
military service during the late war on account of
He lost his wife in 1863 and in 1869 married Miss
Hattie E. Davis, of Waco, a native of South Carolina
and daughter of Dr. Jas. B. Davis.
In 1873 Mr. White moved to Ellis County; but,
two years later, receiving from Governor Coke the
appointment of superintendent of the penitentiary
at Huntsville, he changed his residence to that
place and lived there for three years. He then
settled in Burleson County, where he purchased
land and engaged in farming. While residiag there
he represented Burleson-County in the Eighteenth
Legislature. Moving to Bryan, Brazos County, he
was elected, as soon as his residence therein made
him eligible, to a seat in the Twenty-third Legislature,
during both of which terms of service he met
the expectations of his contitoesh ts nd added to
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/498/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .