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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ROBERT N. WHITE,
The subject of this sketch was born in South
Carolina, in December, 1810. When he was a
child his parents moved to Green County, Ala.,
where they resided a few years. He then moved to
Chickasaw County, Miss., from whence, in the
year 1845, he moved with his family to Texas, first
locating at Dresden. A short time after, in 1847,
the town of Corsicana was located and again the
family moved, taking up their residence at that
Robert N. White was married in 1840, in Alabama,
to Miss Juliet Means, a native of South
Carolina. He followed farming after settling at
Corsicana. When the county of Norman was
organized, in 1847, he was elected County Clerk
and held the office for a period of ten years. At
the expiration of his term of office he retired from
active business, having accumulated a comfortable
fortune through his farming and other financial
He died May 25th, 1891, leaving a wife and six
children, all of whom are living. The children are
all married, except one son, who is now living with
his mother at the old homestead, No. 208, Third
Avenue, in the town of Corsicana.
The remaining children, with the exception of one
son residing and in business in the Indian Territory,
are living in Texas.
Mr. White was never a politician, but was
trusted and honored by his fellow-citizens, as is
shown by the fact of his having been elected to fill
the important office of County Clerk for such a long
period of time. His death was deeply mourned by
his surviving family and acquaintances.
THOMAS HENRY MATHIS,
No one who has been at all conversant with the
southern coast of Texas for the past twenty-five
years, can have failed to hear the name of Thomas
Henry Mathis. His manly form, well chiseled
features and vigorous step, form a fitting index to
the volume of his good deeds. Under any circumstances
he must have been prominent, and, indeed,
the sequel to this narrative will show that he has
developed a fine character, not under the favor of
plain sailing, but despite the buffetings of Dame
Fortune. Such a success as he has achieved could
not have been accidental. Accidents do not occur
on such a colossal scale.
He was born in Stewart County, July 14th, 1834.
His parents were James and Isabella Mathis, the
former of whom died in 1864, and the latter in 1876.
They were both highly esteemed for their sterling
religious character. Thomas received his early
education in the country schools of Tennessee and
Kentucky, and, being raised on a farm, he was
taught the value of a dollar by digging for it early
and late. As a boy he was proud to " hoe his own
row," and as a youth to swing his scythe with the
foremost. At the age of nineteen he resolved to
strive for higher education, and this marks a turning
point in his life, as he was thenceforth thrown
entirely on his own resources. Ardently as his
father longed to encourage his aspirations, he
could notdo so in justice to his other children.
But nothing daunted, Thomas left the paternal roof
to enter the school of Dr. J. T. Mathis in Southern
Arkansas. At the end of the second session here
he negotiated a loan of $1,000 from his father, to
be paid back by him, or deducted from the estate
on final settlement of the same. With this aid he
continued another session at school. At the expiration
of this time he took a school at Warren, Bradley
County, Ark. In conjunction with a lady
teacher, he conducted his school successfully one
year, and then went to Bethel College, where he
finished his education, in 1857. In 1858 he
removed to Murray, Ky., where he assisted Dr. J.
T. Mathis in teaching one session.
In 1859 he went to Southwest Texas, where his
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