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Vaughn, Thomas Solomon
Added 5 Jan 2014
Thomas Solomon Vaughn, a pioneer settler of Texas, now living on his fine farm near Pottsville in Hamilton County, was born on the 28th of February,1836, in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, and is a son of John and Malinda Reed Vaughn, who brought their family to Texas in the fall of 1837, location first at Cedar Creek Washington County, but on account of the Indians they went to Montgomery County three years later. Their next move made them residents of Brazos county, whence they went to Robertson county, and later across the line to Rogers' Prairie in Leon County. The father died September 4, 1850, at the age of forty-five years. He was a native of Virginia, and Having lost his parents when a very small child he was reared by an uncle, The maternal grandfather of our subject, John Reed, was of Irish descent, and in his family were the following children: Hester, Nancy, Malinda, Lucy, Betsy, Mary who wedded Mr Miley, George, Amanda and Solomon.

Shortly after the death of his father, Thomas S Vaughn started out in life for himself, first driving a team between Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and other points, and during that time made his home in Leon County. After a few months he became owner of a couple of teams and engaged in the freighting business. He next began dealing in cattle, having a heard of one hundred and fifty. His personal interests were interrupted, however, by the breaking out of the Civil War, and on the 22d of May, 1862, he entered the Confederate service as a member of Company B, Gould's Battalion, Walker's Division. He served in the cavalry for six months in Arkansas and Louisiana, taking part in all the engagements in which his command participated.

The war over, Mr. Vaughn returned to Leon County and explored the central and western portions of the state looking for a location, and at length pre-empted land east of the Leon River, about four miles from Jonesboro. He afterward exchanged that land for other lands and added to it until he had four hundred and eighteen acres, eighty of which was under cultivation, some of the improvements haven been made upon the land before he purchased it. Later he enhanced this for a cotton gin at Pottsville and a farm of two hundred and forty acres on the Hoover Branch up Cowhouse, exchanging with E Manning. On the 22 th of November 1875, he bought of T. J. Rosser and wife his present place comprising tow hundred and forty acres, and the following November removed thereon. He also purchased seven hundred and ninety-two acres of land adjoining. He cotton gin was operated and another party and finally sold to J. C. C. Martin & Son, Mr Martin being his son-in-law. During the early day he experienced much trouble with the Indians, having at one time five head of horses taken by them. In 1873 he sold his stock of cattle, numbering at that time nine hundred head. From September 1874, to March 1895, he was in the sheep business, at times having as many as twenty-four to twenty-six hundred head. At present (summer of 1896) he has a little over town hundred head of horses and mules. He also owns and operates a cotton gin at Indian Gap.

On the 20th of May, 1858, at Rogers' Prairie, Leon County, Mr Vaughn married Miss Eliza Clark, who was born in Arkansas, September 1, 1837, and is the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ann (Pierce) Clark. Her father emigrated to Texas in 1842, location first in Hopkins county, but his last days were passed in Leon County, but his last days were passed in Leon County, where he died Aug, 1866, at the age of eighty years. He was a native of Tennessee, whence he removed to Nebraska, later to Arkansas and Missouri, and finally became a resident of the Lone Star State. In the war of 1812 he served under General Jackson, participating in the battle of New Orleans. At the early age of nineteen years he became a minister of Missionary Baptist Church, and was the first missionary sent to Missouri by the Board of American Baptist Missions. On arriving in Texas he spent some time in the Red River Association, and in 1852 became a member of the Trinity River Association.

The family of Mr. & Mrs Vaughn Comprise the following Children: Theodocia, born July 25, 1859, died at the age of three months; Owen, born July 28, 1860, died December 14, 1888; Thomas Lewis, born December 13, 1862, Married Katie Walton, by whom he has 3 children, --Austin, Viola and William,--and with his family now resided in Coke County, Texas, where he is engaged in farming and ginning cotton; Julia Ann, born June 29, 1865, married J. C. C. Martin, now of Comanche, Texas, by whom she had five children--Solomon Taylor, Lorena, Grover Cleveland, Georgia Bell and Orelia; Malinda Aryella, born September 7, 1868, died September 4, 1873; Mary Emeline, born July 2, 1873, is the wife of G. P. Pierce, and they have four children,--Louella, Esther Ethel, Nora Vida and Thomas Marcus; Francis Marin and James Monroe, twins, born October 7, 1875, are engaged in farming in Cooke County, Texas; and Martha Lulu, born September 14, 1879, is at home.

Mr Vaughn is a type of the old stockman of his section of the state, which is now becoming extinct, and has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the locality. He cast his first vote in support of the Know Nothing Party, but is now an ardent Democrat. He joined the Masonic order at Jonesboro in 1872, and how holds his membership in Rock House Lodge, No 417, F. & A. M., of Hamilton; joined Sycamore Grange, when organized, of the he became the treasurer, and also belongs to the Farmers' Alliance. He is a conscientious Christian gentleman, of the strictest integrity, and for twenty-seven years has been an active member of the Baptist Church.

[History of Texas, Central Texas Vol I, Pub 1896 -- Transcribed by: Gene P]


Murphree, D Q
Added 17 Nov 2013
D.Q. Murphree, of Garland, Dallas county, was born in Yalobusha county, Mississippi, October 31, 1848, the ninth of twelve children born to his father, S. M. Murphree. The latter was born in east Tennessee, October 4, 1813, and died January 17, 1884, at the age of seventy-one years, three months and thirteen days. In his infancy he moved with his parents to Alabama, where he lived until his marriage, in 1830, to Miss Phoebe Nations, after which he moved to Yalobusha county, Mississippi. He next went to Smith county, Texas, in 1866, where he lived until 1875, when he removed to Van Zandt county, and remained there until his death. Mr. Murphree was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and a good citizen. His wife died at the home of her son, J. P., in Hamilton county, Texas, at the age of seventy-four years.

D. Q. Murphree was eighteen years of age when his father moved to Texas, and he continued to live at home until one year after his marriage, when he moved to Red River, and next to Dallas county. He bought fifty-eight acres of land near Duck creek, but after four years sold this little farm and moved to near Mesquite, where he bought 100 acres, which he farmed twelve years. He has since added to this place until he now owns 500 acres of valuable land. He next lived in Cedar Hill two years and then moved to Garland, a small town fourteen miles northeast of Dallas. Mr. Murphree was married in Smith county, December 1, 1870, to Miss Elizabeth Florence, a daughter of J. H. Florence, and who died in Cedar Hill. Mr. Murphree has one brother and three sisters living, viz.: J. P., a resident of Hamilton county, Texas; Catharine, wife of R. C. McKenzie, of Van Zandt county; Pauline, wife of John Prescott, of Smith county; and Selina, wife of Henry Montgomery, of Sorden valley, Smith county.

[Source: "Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas:..."; The Lewis Publishing company, 1892; KT, Sub by FoFG]


Cairy Hudson & William Wilbourn
Added 17 Sep 2013

Brewer, Earl
Intense loyalty to his native state, a conscientiousness demanding honest discharge of both public and private duties, are predominant characteristics of the nature of Hon. Earl Brewer of Mississippi, and entitle him fairly to be called "The First Gentleman"' of the state he has admirably served for the past four years. Earl Brewer was born in Carroll County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Vaiden, on the eleventh day of August, 1869. His father died when he was eleven years of age; being the oldest boy, he became the head of the family, and as they were afflicted with poverty he was permitted to attend school but little after his father's death. At the age of fifteen he went to Texas, remaining out on the plains for three years when he came back to Mississippi. He entered the Law School at the University of Mississippi the twenty-first day of November, 1891, receiving his diploma as a graduate In law on the tenth day of June, 1892. He had studied law around the fireside at home, without a teacher, and entered the University late in the session after the other members of the law class were well on their way; but he began with them, taking both junior and senior law, during the Christmas holidays reviewing the work of both classes. On the first of February, 1892, he stood the intermediate examination with both classes, passing his examination in June and graduated. He immediately began the practice of law at Water Valley in Yalobusha county, Mississippi, and in 1895 was nominated for the State Senate by the Democratic party of his senatorial district; was duly elected at the November election and served as State Senator from the twenty-eighth district, as the youngest member of that body, for four years. In February, 1902, he was appointed District Attorney in the newly created Eleventh Judicial District, by Governor Longino, and served under this appointment until January, 1904, when he was elected to the full term, without opposition, and continued to serve as district attorney until the twenty-fifth day of August, 1906, when he resigned the office and entered the race for governor of Mississippi. During the term he served as district attorney, he was recognized as a terror to all evil doers. His vigorous and fearless prosecution of all violators of the law, of all classes, deterred any one from opposing him for re-election to this office, and the law abiding people of his district greatly regretted his resignation. He was opposed in the race for governor by five as strong men as the state afforded, and under the double primary system, in August, 1907, four of the candidates were eliminated-he and the Honorable E. F. Noel were left In the race as the leading candidates. A strenuous second primary resulted in a neck-and-neck finish, Noel being elected by 2002 majority in the entire state. Four years later, in 1911, Earl Brewer was nominated and elected governor of Mississippi without opposition. At the time of his election he was in Montreal, Canada, on business. He was inaugurated governor on the sixteenth day of January, 1912, and will complete his four-year term in the early part of January, 1916. When he was inaugurated governor, the state was rent in twain with political factions as never before. His whole administration has been characterized by his desperate effort to enforce the laws of the state and have every person, regardless of wealth, power or influence, obey the laws, as the humblest citizen of the land should. In addition to discharging the many and varied duties devolving upon him during his tenure of office, he has engaged in trying to systematize the various institutions of the state and give them a business administration. He has been successful in this endeavor, and the institutions are run upon a more economical basis than ever before. In fact, the entire administration has been businesslike, and an effort on the part of the governor to see that all laws were enforced. One of his greatest efforts has been to maintain the faith and credit of his state, and as an evidence of his accomplishment in this regard, he has been able to borrow such money as the state was compelled to borrow at the lowest rate of interest that the state has paid since the Civil War. At one time during his administration, the state sold a large issue of its bonds at a premium, although the neighboring states were compelled to sell their bonds, bearing the same rate of interest, at a discount. Governor Brewer is married, and his home life is ideal.

[The Lawyer & Banker and Southern Bency & Bar review, Vol. 8 Edited by Charles Ellewyn George
Submitted by: Karen Seeman]

Denley, George Elias
George Elias Denley, of Coffeeville, representative from Yalobusha County, was born August 9, 1867, at Coles Creek, Mississippi. His father was James Denley, who was the son of Nicholus P. Denley and Sarah (Carter) Henley of South Mississippi. He was born In Yalobusha County, and enlisted In the Confederate Army, August 9, 1861, in Company D. 42nd Mississippi Regiment, and served with ardent devotion to the Southern cause throughout the entire War. His regiment took part in the campaigns fought in , Virginia and Pennsylvania. George Elias Denley's mother, Margaret (Sellers) Denley, was the daughter of Phillip Sellers, of Coles Creek, Calhoun County, Mississippi. Representative Denley was educated in the free schools of his county, and at Coles Creek Academy, where he spent one term. His chief occupation has always been farming. But from 1887 to 1889, and from 1896 to 1900 he taught school. Not content with success along these two lines, he became the successful proprietor and editor of the Coffeeville Courier, which he is conducting at the present time. He is also agent and district manager of the Lamar Life Insurance Company and holds the responsible position of Trustee of the Yalobusha County Agricultural High School. From 1895 to 1899 he was Justice of the Peace; and from 1899 to 1907 he was an able member of the Board of Supervisors of his County. Mr. Denley is not only well equipped for public service but his sterling qualities and steadfast purpose in contending for the right makes him a safe servant of the people. Elected to the State Legislature in 1915, he was placed upon the committees on Municipalities, where he has faithfully served his constituents. Mr. Denley is a Democrat, and Treasurer and Deacon of the Baptist Church. He belongs to the Masons and the Woodmen of the World. January 7, 1892, he was married, near Coffeeville, Mississippi, to Martha Ellen Williams, daughter of George W. and Martha Ellen (Vanhoozer) Williams of Yalobusha County. Mr. and Mrs. Denley have a large and interesting family of children, whose names are as follows: Martha Essie, Margaret Bessie, Chester Lamar, Mary Jessie, Gladys Ethel, Sellers Vanhoozer, Nellie Tolise, Evelyn Grace, Gerald Hamilton, and George Edwin.

[The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi By Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, Dunbar Rowland
Submitted by: Karen Seeman]

Vardaman, William S.
Vardaman, William S., who is serving his third successive term as mayor of the thriving little city of Greenwood, the judicial center of Leflore county, is a representative of one of the early settled families of Mississippi and is a brother of Hon. James K. Vardaman, who was inaugurated governor of the State Jan. 19, 1904. The popular mayor of Greenwood was born in Jackson county, Tex., in 1867, and is a son of William S. and Mary (Fox) Vardaman. The father was born in Copiah county, Miss., whence he went to Texas in 1856, becoming one of the pioneers of the Lone Star State. He entered the Confederate service at the outset of the Civil war as a member of a Texas regiment in the brigade commanded by General Ross, and he terminated his military career only when victory had finally crowned the Union arms. In 1868 he returned to Mississippi and located in Yalobusha county, where he became a prosperous planter and where both he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives. William S. Vardaman, subject of this brief review, was an infant at the time of his parents' return to Mississippi and he passed his boyhood days on the homestead plantation, in Yalobusha county, while he secured good educational advantages in the schools of Water Valley, that county. He is engaged in the insurance business, in which he has built up a profitable enterprise. For five years he was in the internal revenue service of the southern district, and for two years he held the office of marshal of Greenwood. He was elected mayor of the city, in which office he is now serving his third term, which demonstrates his hold upon popular esteem and confidence, while his administration has been signally liberal and progressive. He is a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school and has token an active part in furthering the party interests in a local way. In 1895 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Vardaman to Miss Daisy Willings, who died, the only child of the union being also deceased. Mr. Vardaman was wedded the second time to Miss Ladell Martin, daughter of John A. Martin, who was a soldier of the Confederacy, as a member of a Mississippi regiment, during the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs. Vardaman have two children, Ladell and Eliza.

["Mississippi" by Dunbar Rowland, 1907
Submitted by: Karen Seeman]

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