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Joseph J. and Eliza Barron were: Mollie, who married
John McClellan and died in Comanche county, Okla-
homa; Thomas H. ; Fannie, wife of Wimburn Jones, of
Marlow, Oklahoma; Sallie, who married Albert Ellis
of Oklahoma; Joseph J„ of Houston county, Texas;
Cornelia, wife of Burrell McClendon, of Duncan, Okla-
homa, and Young Barron, of Lee county, Texas. Thomas
H. Barron grew up in a humble home. He was only
eleven years old when his father died. As the oldest
son he had to get out and hustle, not only for himself,
but to support his mother and younger sister. The fam-
ily estate was so small that he never claimed any of it

when he reached the age of twenty-one. At the same
time his educational advantages were necessarily meager
and his attendance at school was almost negUgible'
During the decade of the seventies, when he was still
young, he came to Henderson county and found work
as a clerk m Athens, with Dr. Scott. Subsequently he
worked a few years for J. H. Gerrall. As his monthly
salary was sufficient to only pay a little more than his
current expenses and enable him to lay by a few dollars
at the end of the year, he soon gave up his occupation
and started out independently. He managed to acquire
a home and then traded the property for a farm west
of Athens, giving his notes for the balance. That move
was the opening wedge in his successful career. He
proved by actual experience that he was a first class
farmer, he soon had his land paid for, and, by trading
m stock and energetic management of all his interests,
increased his wealth rapidly from year to year. He was
soon listed among the independent and substantial men
of Henderson county. His credit was always maintained
at gilt edge, and as he always met his responsibUities
on the moment, it was never difficult to secure the funds
to help him through his deals. FinaUy he turned over
the management of the farm to negro labor and moved
to Athens, where he engaged in merchandising. He
sold groceries, was associated as one of the firm of
Wofford and Barron, and later conducted a hardware
business of his own. He carried on a general line of
trading in Athens property and in farm lands, and did
a good deal toward the improvement and development
of farms near the county seat. In Athens he acquired
some of the business houses, and his farms still form a
material source of his income.

His success in business seems to have encouraged Mr.
Barron to study political questions and political condi-
tions, and he thus formed a growing interest in economic
aflfairs. He has always voted the Democratic ticket, but
IS not in harmony with his party on some of the vital
questions of the day. He favors a tariff on raw ma-
terial for revenue, and believes in the encouragement
of home industry on the farm and elsewhere by the im-
position of proper tariff rates. His idea was repre-
sented by the candidacy of Mr. Harmon for president
in 1912, rather than by those who he considers of more
populistic tendencies. His study of politics and his
reputation as a man of splendid judgment in business
finally brought him iuto the field for the legislature, and
he was elected a member of the twenty-third assembly.
He was placed on the committee on military aflfairs,
farming and stock raising and federal relations. His
chief service was in heading off vicious legislation and
the enactment of laws tending to burden the state with-
out a corresponding benefit. He introduced a bill mak-
ing it a penitentiary ott'ense for a mortgagor to run
off personal property on which he had borrowed money.
That measure was defeated. He also opposed the ap-
propriation of public money for the transportation of
militia to points of disturbance where railroad interests
needed guarding, believing the railroads should bear that
expense, since the service was for their benefit.

In December, 1880, Mr. Barron was married in Athens
to Miss Florence Scott, daughter of the venerable Dr.
William D. Scott, whose career is given space elsewhere
in this work. Mrs. Barron was born in 1865. Their
children are: Horace S., born in 1884, and now cashier
of the State Bank at Chandler, and one of the promising
young business men of this section, and Helen Barron,
who was born in 1903.

Arthur Mauldin. A young citizen and business man
of exceptional prominence and enterinise at Kemp is
Arthur Mauldin, cashier of the Fanners ' Guaranty State
Bank. Mr. Mauldin 's first business experience "was in
banking, and, having quickly demoustrated his ability
in the minor grades of the service, was given larger and
larger responsibilities, and soon took the initiative in



organizing and conducting financial institutions in sev-
eral localities of central and western Texas. He has
also taken niueli ftterest in matters of local citizenship,
and is one of the most intelligent workers for the sub-
stantial prosperity of his home city of Kemp.

Arthur Mauldin was born at Commerce, Texas, August
25, 1883, a son of C. S. Mauldin and a grandson of
Payne Mauldin. Grandfather Mauldin died in Hunt
county, Texas, and among his children were: C. S.
Mauldin; D. C. Mauldin, of Fort Worth; West, of El
Paso, and Mrs. J. A. Hodge, of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
C. S. Mauldin, who is a cotton buyer at Greenville,
came to Texas in 1878, from Atlanta, Georgia. He was
born at Marietta, Georgia, in 185T, grew up and was
educated at Atlanta, and also attended school at Honey
Grove, Texas, where the family located on coming to
this state. He began his career as a laborer on a ranch,
subsequently became an independent farmer, but his
principal business career had been in connection with
cotton business. He was directed to that through his
election as a cotroii wiM^ilirv at Cnniiiimt'. His four
years of service in that cmihi. ity sc. tMiniliriiizcd him
with cotton gradini; :in.l -.■iiii|iliiiu :is to iciHler him a
valuable man for cotton Inokeis. He was employed by
P. E. Henson & Company, of Paris, for a time, then by
Bush, Witherspoon & Company as a buyer, and then by
J. L. Goldman, of Dallas. For the past several years
he has followed the business independently as a specu-
lator at Greenville. Mr. C. S. Mauldin married Miss
Elizabeth Lewis, a daughter of Mrs. Faraby Lewis.
Mrs. Mauldin died at Greenville in 1912, and her chil-
dren are Arthur and Miss ilary Mauldin, the latter
being a teacher in Hopkins county, Texas.

Arthur Mauldin attended the east Texas normal
school at Commerce, where he took a commercial course.
With that preparation he became a bookkeeper in the
First National Bank of Commerce, and his experience
there lasted for more than two years. Thoroughly fa-
miliar with all the departments of banking, he then
organized the Chilton Bank, of which he was cashier
two years. From Chilton he went to Frankston, Texas,
where he was cashier of the First State Bank for a
year, and in 1909 came to Kemp and organized the
Farmers' Guaranty State Bank, of which he was chosen
cashier. In 191.3, Mr. Mauldin organized the Citizens
Bank of Scurry, Texas, and is vice president of that
institution. His associate in flic m i^anizatioii of the
bank at Chilton was .In^l-v i;i.M.I. the well known
financier of Dallas. The s:,nir nMtinpolitan inlluence en-
tered into the forming of tli.- state Lank in Kemp and
the Citizens Bank at Scurry, Judge Riddle being presi-
dent of both institutions. The Kemp bank has a capi-
tal of twenty-five thousand dollars, and its earnings
to the 1st of July, 1913, were approximately ten thou-
sand dollars, with dividends of forty-five hundred dol-
lars paid in cash.

On October 29, 1905, Mr. Mauldin was married in
Commerce to Miss Annie Cornelius. Mrs. Mauldin was
born in Honey Grove, Texas, May 18, 1889, and to her
marriage has been born one daughter, Evelyn Mauldin.
Mr. Mauldin has served as president of the Kemp
Commercial Club, and is now treasurer of that live civic
and business organization. He has been a member of
the board of stewards of the Methodist church, and fra-
ternally is secretary of Lorlge No. 528, A. F. & A. M., at
Kemp, Texas.

William Pillet. A resident of Texas since December
27, 1869, Mr. Williain Pilley has been prominent as a
business man and public official at Wills Point for more
than thirty years, the greater part of which time has
been spent in the service of his community in the ca-
pacity of postmaster. Mr. Pilley took charge of the
local postoffice at a time when its service could be per-
formed by one man, the postmaster himself, and has
inaugurated there all the important additions to the

postal facilities, including rural free delivery, and had
charge of the office when the parcel post went into
effect. During the war between the states Mr. Pilley
was a Union soldier, and comes of a long line of an-
cestors who have been devoted to America and its

His earliest forefather in America was his grand-
father, an Irishman by birth, who deserted from the
British army and joined the American troops in time
to render some service in the cause of American inde-
pendence. One of the sons of this patriot was William
Pilley, a soldier in Conmiodore MacDonough's fleet dur-
ing the war of 1812. He suffered capture by the Eng-
lish and was executed.

Mr. William, Pilley was born in Washington county,
Arkansas, September 8, 1847, a son of John E. Pilley.
The latter, who was born in Massachusetts in 1814, was
a man of learning and ability as a teacher, a student of
conditions of his day, and a partisan of the Union
against all comers. During his earlier career he cast his
vote as a Whig, and was afterwards a stanch advocate
of Republicanism. Leaving New England when a young
man, he spent some time in Tennessee, and enlisted for
service in the Mexican war near Joplin, Missouri. He
served with the army of General Taylor, and after that
war moved to Arkansas. Most of his career was spent
as a farmer. In Joplin, Missouri, he married a Miss
Parkinson, a daughter of James Parkinson, of Tennes-
see, known as "Fighting Parkinson." In 1852, John,
E. Pilley moved from Washington to Sebastian county,
Arkansas, and died on his farm near Fort Smith in 1866.
His widow survived him many years and died in the
same locality in 1905. Their children were: J. R., who
died in Kaufman county, Texas, and left a family ;
John K., who died in Sebastian county, Arkansas, with
a family; Mrs. Rebecca Collier, of Sebastian county,
Arkansas, and Mrs. Malinda Bay, of Crosby county,

It was in the country about Fort Smith, Arkansas,
that William Pilley spent his years from the age of
seven, and had a common school education. He was
brought up under the influences of his father as regards
the questions of secession and slavery, and had all the
spirit of his fighting ancestors to urge him to war when
war came. He ran away from home, and in April, 1863,
joined the Sixth Kansas Cavalry, which was then oper-
ating in Indian territory. He witnessed and participated
in some of the desultory fighting with that regiment, and
was in the engagements at Backbone, Marks ' Mill,
Jenkins Ferry, and in the second capture of Helena.
From tli.'ic the eommand was ordered back to Fort
Smith to inteiri'|it General Price, who was on his way
to .Miss. Ill II tiMiii liis great raid toward Kansas City.
The reyinieiit remained around Fort Gibson, in Indian
Territory, where he was mustered out of service in
June, 1865. The two years of his army service did not
suifice to satisfy Mr. Pilley "s love of adventure, and he
then joined the government train for the Black Hill
regions, ipaking the trip as a wagon driver. His em-
ployer was a man named John Boyle, government wagon-
master. He reached Fort Crook without any special
incident, and the two years spent about there were un-
eventful except for the drawing of his pay. His return
to civilization was made over the new Union Pacific
Railroad, and on reaching Leavenworth he concluded his
connection with the government in 1868. The next few
months were spent in adding needed repairs to his
mother's farm in Arkansas, and in December of 1869
he started for Texas. Shortly before he had married
in Topeka, Kansas, and it was with his young wife that
he began life in the Lone Star .state. Settling near
Rockwall, he was engaged in farming and stock raising
until 1880, and then moved to Wills Point and estab-
lished his home and turned to the vocation of mer-
chandising. As a clerk for nine years he sold goods,
under John T. Reed. In July, 1889, he was appointed



during the Harrison administration as postmaster. The
office was then in the fourth class and his jsredecessor
had been W. F. Weaver. After four and a half years,
Mr. Cleveland replaced himself with R. E. Yantis, whom
Mr. PiUey succeeded soon after the beginning of the
McKinley administration. President Roosevelt and
President Taft gave him reappointment, and his pres-
ent term expires in May, 1914. Since the time when he
did all the work of the office himself the force has been
increased, until there are now two regular assistants and
six rural delivery routes have been established.

In his political activity, Mr. Pilley has been a Re-
publican since he became a voter, casting his first vote
for U. S. Grant. He is one of the old guards who car-
ried on Republican work in the state of Texas for
many years, and was a frequent dcle'^ate to congres-
sional and state conventions. II.' has ;ilsn served as
precinct chairman and f.miity . Im ;iii ,,| the Repub-
lican party. As to rcliuinn, .Mi. I'lll.'v \\;is reared
under the doctrines of the luneisalist laitli, his father
having held such belief and taught same tn his iliil.Ireii.
Mr. Pilley in 1869 married Miss Mil.lre.l ll:nT. .-i
daughter of James H. Hart, of Fort Smith. Arkansas.
This wife died in Kaufman county in l)S7iS. Her one
child was John R., of Wills Point, who married a Miss
Sayre, now deceased, and they had five children. Mr.
Pilley for his second wife married Miss Belle Jones, a
daughter of Anson D. Jones. At her death she left one
son, Anson D., now of Wills Point. The third wife of
Mr. Pilley was Mrs. Mellissa Dixon, who died without
children. His next marriage was with Mrs. Sadie Barker,
who died without issue. The present Mrs. Pilley was
formerly a Mrs. Payne.

Capt. Thomas G. Thompson. The pioneer merchant
of Wills Point is now living retired, after thirty-five
years of successful merchandising. Cdpt. Thomas
Thompson has been a vigorous and aggressive business
man, and at the same time has performed his part of
commercial and social service with a fine dignity, which
is still evident in his distinctive bearing and manner.
Early in life he did his part as a soldier of the Con-
feileraiv, ancl re,ri\e.l his first experience in trade soon

< apt a 111 1' In III 1 1 IS,, II. will) represents an old family in dif-
ferent ^iiiilljiTii states, was born in Monroe county, Mis-
sissippi, March 2,S, lS4o. The grandfather was John A.
Thompson, a native of Scotland, from which country,
with two brothers, one of whom was William, he emi-
grated to the Unite.l States, and after a brief resi-
dence in Xi.rth C.avi.liiia iimve,! to Aluny lamnty. Ten-
nessee, and III, III tiler,! iiit,, M i^-is^i|,|ii, \\lii,-|i state een-

occurred in .Simtli ,-,iiiiit\, 'I'.xas, vli,,rilv ln-fure tin'

Civil war. The l.irtli et .l.ilia A. Tl i|is,,n ,M-,ainv.l

about the time of tli,' ,l,,^,| ,,l tli,' Am, a), -an ],',■; ,.|iiti.,n.
On coming to Ainernaa In' ln,,li iq, willi the estal,|islie,l
custom of the south in owning slave iiroperty. ami was
a substantial and fairly prosperous man. He mai'ried
Elizalieth Edwards, who died in Smith county, Texas,

at the aye
wh.i ,lie,|

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and Tolliver w
Burrell AV. Thou
a Mississi|-,),ian.
Democrat in ]•<•
184S he br,,iii.;l,t
cality of Biillar,

children were: Stephen,
iia; William, who died
lien. ul„, ,li,',l 11. \"aii Zandt

rn!',i I.,'-' \|i''kii'iI,.v; Mrs.
will, ilii'il 111 ( ;ia\^,,n I'ounty,
nil,., I Mr M,l.,.iiiiirry and
■.. lalln'r iif < 'a|il am Thomp-
i,'i,,k,.,' ,',,untv, T.xas; Tolli-
i,lt ,-.miilx. 'I'll,' s,ms .James
111 til,, c, lilt, 1,1, rate army.
I- 111' I aiiiain 'nnimiisiin, was
11 ordinary eilucatinii, was a
belonged to no church. In
to Texas, settling in the lo-
couut.y. There he lived as a

^_^.^ ^,u ui:cuii-eu in

"ntyone. Burrell W. Thompson

■inghter of .Tesse Hint. uli„ ,lied

farmer, had a small number of slaves before the war.
and tor several years served his county as a member of
^ocnf*:, " <^<"nn"ssioners. His death occurred
1880 at the age of seve ' ~

married Cyrena Flint, d;
in Monroe county, Mis
William P., who die,! in "ni,.r,,k,.,. ' ,.|i',',','i,'v"' t'.'.vis-
Samuel, a resident of .laeksoiiMlle, 'I'.'xas- Tlnmi'is Vi'
Burrell, of Ellis county, Texas; Mrs. A M Freeman'
of Fort Worth; Mrs. Cassie Blankenship, who died in
A an Zandt county; William F., who was captain of
Company C, m the Seventeenth Texas Consolidated
Regiment, in Polignae 's Brigade; Samuel, who was
a member of Douglas's Battery and took part in all
the historic engagements east of the Mississippi River

the end of the Atlanta campaign.

iiiii|ison was reared from the age of three
'imiity, Texas, and was about sixteen

the war came on. In lS(i2 he enlisted

at,' service in Company ].. ,,imman,led
*'>' ' '•■i|''''iin ■iohiixeii. in the regiiiii'iit i,r l'.|itis'i,i
l.'an-ers. iin.h'r Cil. W. P. Lane. Tin- r,.^iai,.ni was

served JU several -kirniislies. ami v\.'is m th,' last kaltle
of the Mansfiehl ,ain|iaiyn. that ,,f ~i",.|hi", l;:n,iii His
service was in A "

from Co

in th

ith hi;



Federal raid from the Rio Grande, at 'the time the
news of the surrender of General Lee reached that place.
The whole command was then disbanded and the privates
all returned to their homes.

For six months after the war Captain Thompson at-
tended school and made up for some of the deficiencies of
his early training. During the season of 186(5 he put
m and cultivated a crop, and then turned his attention
to merchandising, which proved his lifelong business.
At Old Mount A'ernon he worked as a clerk for Alf
Lofton, and from there went to Larissa to take emidov-
ment un.ler his brothi.r, win. was iiiananin" a business
for Clai.i, .V Kn.wii. In Is7j Cai.i.'ii.i ■ni.,imis,,ii .,i,,v,'.,l

to Jaeksii,


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for the sai

In Is'ts ',',',

viinci Ins final' r.'imival to

Wills Poll
Wills I'oin
hn,l „ :
eralile iiii|

t, when

re he engage
Mr. Thompi
tores, and «
' in the tia.

-.1 in business for himself,
son first became a resident,
as a hamlet of no consid-

le of the eounty. Its do-

poratcl .11
witness,',! ;
has hi ins,'


this small \
I'arh- two th.

■Ilia-.' stay,' t,, an incor-

etliiug .sub.stuiitial toward

ehaiit, I. lit also .'IS 111,' ImihliT of a brick business house
.■ill. I a siil.stantial lioini'. Ili' began trade as one of the
linn of Thompsiiu, M.Ki„n,'v \- Cmipanv. The name
was later changed to Tliom|,s..ii \ .M.-kmin-v, which
existed and prospered until I ii'.-.'nil,.'i , I'.iIl', when Cap-
tain Thompson wrapped up his final |.a,.kage, waited
upon his last customer, and then turned the business
over to his son, who is now proprietor of this flourishing

During the passage of his many years of residence at
Wills Point, Captain Thompson acquired some interest
in farming, and has a.l.led in the improvement of the
virgin soil of A'an Zandt county. The old firm now owns
a farm near Wills Point ami is cultivatins; t1,re., l,ni.,)r,>d

and fifty acres in the staple crops of tlii- m, ■ I'ln'

place is operated by tenants, and the m ; - re

fairly substantial and increasing with t.iLi;,! ; ., r :, ..

While always a busy man with his .iiiairs.
Captain Thompson has never failed in responding to his
civic duties. Since the organization of the town of
Wills Point he served as city treasurer up to May. 1913,
when he resigned. Formerly he attended conventions
of the Democratic party, but as a rule has observed the
propriety of a business man ami exhibited no special
partisanship in politics. He has been one of the promi-



neDt laymen of the Presbyterian church, is an elder of
the Wills PoLQt congregation, has attended Presbyteries
and Synods, and was a member of the general assembly
at Decatur, Illinois, which brought about the consolida-
tion of the divisions of the Presbyterian church, himself
voting and supporting the move for such a union. This
consolidation was effected in 1906.

On August IS, 187S, Captain Thompson was married
at Jacksonville, Texas, to Miss Allie C. Doherty. Her
death occurred in August, 1912, at the age of fifty-four.
Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of iloore Doherty, who
came from Alabama, and was a farmer of Cherokee
county, Texas. Moore Doherty was a native of Ireland,
and being a millwright by trade was exempt from mil-
itary duty during the war. He married a Miss Shoe-
maker, and the Doherty children were : Sallie C. ; Torbett
of Cameron, Texas; Mrs. Thompson; Mrs. Susan Love
of Jacksonville; Mrs. Elsie McKinney of Wills Point,
and Calvin M. at Lubbock, Texas. The children of Cap-
tain and Mrs. Thompson are: Edgar, who is now pro-
prietor of the business of Thompson & McKinney at
Wills Point; Mrs. W. L. Pitts of Marshall, Texas;
Dr. J. Dellis, a graduate of the Cincinnati Dental Col-
lege, now practicing dentistry at Wills Point, and mar-
ried Miss Grace McGee of Dodd City. Texas; Miss Clyde,
the youngest, is her father's companion at the old home.
Fraternally Captain Thompson is a master Mason, has
passed all the chairs in his local lodge, and has served
as a delegate to the Grand Lodge. He is also aflSliated
with the Knights and Ladies of Honor.

Jacamiah Seaman Daughertt. The following sketch
of the career of a well known Houston citizen, who,
however, deserves to be called a Texan rather than to be
identified with any one city or locality, is an abstract
of an individual history which might well comprise one
of the most important chapters covering the develop-
ment of this state during the past forty years. From the
time he arrived in Texas in 1872 until the present, Mr.
Daugherty has been intimately connected with land de-
velopments, with railroad building, with city planning,
with the larger affairs of municipal and state politics,
so that through his career may be read much of the
real history of the state.

Jacamiah Seaman Daugherty was born in Sullivan
county, Missouri, August 25, 1849. His great-grand-
father, .John Daugherty, belonged to the Ineshowen
Valley Daugherty Clan of whom it was said : " A coward
nor traitor was ever known. ' ' Grandfather James
Daugherty immigrated to the United States before 1824,
settling in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and was a con-
tractor and builder of canals and other works. Cap-
tain Eobert W. Daugherty, the father, moved from Vir-
ginia to ilissouri in pioneer days and was a farmer and
stock raiser. He introduced Kentucky blue grass into
Sullivan county, was the owner of the first corn-plant-
ing machine, and the first reaping machine in that local-
ity, and was also the first to introduce blooded live stock
there. He was the first man to volunteer .from Sullivan
county at the outbreak of the Civil war on the Confed-
erate side, joined a company in Chariton county, and
afterwards became captain of another company and
seiTed in Price's army. He was twice wounded in the
battle of Pea Eidge.

Captaia Daugherty married Lydia E, Seaman. The
Seaman family settled in the A'alley of Virginia, before
the American Revolution, and many of its members
were prominent during the Eevolution and afterwards.
While Captain Daugherty was away from his home in
Sullivan county, the Federal troops confiscated all the
horses and grain and other property about the home, and
towards the close of 1861 the only live stock left were
a few milch cows and a blind mule, and a few colts. _

At that time .Jacamiah S. Daugherty was entering his
thirteenth year, the oldest of five children. He used his
youthful strength to cut down wood, and hauled it to

the house with the blind mule in order to keep the family
warm during the following winter. At the same time
he attended country school. He cultivated a crop of

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