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the death of his father, and at that time the ne-
cessity for self-support was first borne upon ■ him.
Like most of his ancestors he followed the life
of the farm, and started out independently as soon
as he had married. Settling in Chambers county, Ala-
bama, just across the line from Georgia, he lived there
three years and then took up his residence in Coosa
county", where he lived until after the war. James
Henry Hearn made a gallant record as a soldier, dur-
ing the war between the states. On February 1, 1862, he




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enlisteil in the Confederate army as a ])rivate in Captain
George E. Brewer 's Company A, Col. ilike Wood 's
Fortysixtli Alabama Infantry, in command of Taylor's
Brigade of Tennessee Army. His first fight vras a small
engagement at Tazewell, Tennessee. He was with the
array in the defense of Vicksburg, and took part in many
of the engagements leading up to the crucial time of
that defense. He was at Baker's Creek, Champion Hill,
Big Black Eiver, and then was fighting from within the
defenses of the city itself. When the city surrendered
to General Grant in July, 1SS3, the paroled soldiers of
the Forty-sixth Mississippi were ordered to Demopolis,
Alabama, and were there again equijiped for further
service, and sent north to reinforce General Bragg 's
army at Chickamauga. They arrived too late to take
part in the battle, but went to Chattanooga, and Mr.
Hearn fought at Lookout Mountain and Missionary
Ridge, and was in the command which faced the Federal
advance during the campaign against Atlanta. He fought
at Dalton, and other engagements, and at .Toneshoro a
minie ball from a Yankee gun pas-;. .I tliVMin^li lii-^ riylit
arm into his right side angularly :iiiil i.i^-cl mit aliont
four inches to the right of the s|iiii:il .uluinii. This
wound rendered him unfit for furlhei service fhuing
the war. He lay in the hospital from the 31st of
August, the day he was shot, for two months, at Macon,
C^eorgia. He suffered the torments of gangrene poison,
and barely escaped with his life. He was furloughed
home as an invalid, and had little capacity for hard
labor for some years after the war. At his last battle
when he received his wound, he was wearing the stripes
of a sergeant, being first sergeant of his company.

At the close of the war James Henry Hearn found
himself stripped of all his property, anil had a small
family to provide for. Like many ntlier brave and reso-
lute men of the south, he adapted linii-iilt' tn roiiditions
as they were, and sought to build n|i lii^ tortim,' on his
farm. As the outlook was not inniniviii^ in the old
home vicinity he decided to seek friends niid fortune fur-
ther west. He journeyed liy way of lioat from Wetumka,
Alabama, around by New Orleans, and finally arrived at
Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1S6S. From there the family
journeyed by rail to Marshall, which was then the ter-
minus of the Texas and Pacific Eailroad, and thence by
private conveyance reached College Mound in Kaufman
county. When he was finally settled and had his pro-
gram well laid out, ilr. Hearn began investing in land
in Kaufman county, at prices ranging from one dollar
and a half to three dollars and a half per acre. He
lived modestly and quietly, kept aloof from politics, im-
proved his land and preuii^.'^. riirMiir:iL;.'.l i>dnrntion by
aiding the erection of sev('i:il srlin-illiuiis.><, during the
thirty-two years of resideiirc, an'l . .mi i iliuti'd ;il^o to the
burden of church work and church responsibilities. Hi
saw his children grow to become men and women, and
go out into the world as tillers of the soil with educa-
tions obtained in their own community. With such a
career behind him, it is not st'range that .Tames Henry
Hearn has the respect and esteem of all who know liin
and he is one of the best known incu in Kaufman
county. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist
church, and in politics is a Democrat.

On February 16, 18.54, James Henry Hearn was mar-
ried in Harris county, Georgia, to Miss Burkhalter, a
daughter of John Burkhalter, a South Carolina man, a
farmer by occupation and an ardent southerner who fur-
nished several sons for the army. Mrs. Hearn died
August 21, 1899. The children of' James H. Hearn and
wife are: Cornelius M.; Martha E., of Long Beach,
California, who first married Andrew Hunter, and sec-
ond H. P. Paschal; John, a 'farmer of Kaufman county:
William, of Hastings, Oklahoma; Clinton, who died at
Coleman, Texas, in April 1913, and left a family;
George E., who died at Hastings, Oklahoma, leaving a
family; Mary, wife of David Kerley of Scurry, Kauf-



man county, Texas; David, of Hastings, Oklahoma, and
Lee, of Van Zandt county, Texas.

Cornelius M. Hearn, who was born in Alabama, De-
cember 24, 1854, grew up at College Mound, and at-
tended school there. His elementary schooling had
been received in his native state. When he married he
settled on rented land and lived there two years, and
then moved to the locality three miles north of Ma-
bank, where he bought land and maile a farm. When
he had gained some independence and much experience
he became a stock trader, a dealer, and eventually a
shipper. At the same time he conducted farming on a
large s.-alo. put t^^o hundred and fifty acres under the
plow, nil. I lilt iiiiiitily became owner of many more acres.
He coiitiiinni :iiri\rly with the farm until 1898, when
he enf^ai^iil in rho gin business and moved to "Old
Lawndale, ' ' from which locality he moved to ilabank,
in 1900. At Mabank he erected a gin of four stands,
seventy saws, having since improved it to a six-stand
eighty-saw plant. To the ginning operations he now de-
votes most of his time. Mr. Hearn has shown his
faitli and loyalty to his comnumity at M.-il.aiik, in the
erection of a fine two-story residence, tlie finest home in
the town. An immense barn stands near, and both build-
ings suggest the substantial character of their owner.
Mr. Hearn also assisted in organizing the First !Xational
Bank of Mabank.

In politics he is a voter with the Texas Democracy,
and belongs to the Baptist church. Fraternally he has
been master of his Masonic Lodge at ^Mabank and be-
longs to the Knights of Pythias, but takes only moderate
interest in fraternal affairs.

On June 2, 1877, Mr. Hearn married Miss Agnes Aly,
a daughter of John Aly. Her father came to Texas
from Tennessee and was twice married. Mrs. Hearn
was reared in the home of relatives. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Hearn are Dr. Robert E., of Mabank, who
graduated in medicine at Louisville, Kentucky; Amy,
wife of E. E. Treadwell of Mabank, and has one son,
Lawrence W.; Fannie, Neelie and Helen live at home.

Thomas Pierce Stone. In a career which has Ijeen
fruitful in accomplishments and the usual rewards ,,f suc-
cess, ilr. Stone has been the chief lurtur m ^liiij-mu liis
own destiny, and as a hard-workiiiL; nud nuiliiinn;- indi-
vidual has progressed from one stuyo .it airiiin|il!sliniiuits
to the next higher until for a numlier of years he has
been regarded as one of the leading lawyers of Waco and
also a man prominent in local and state affairs.

Thomas Pierce Stone was born at Lewisville, Arkansas,
May 5, 1860. His father, Andrew J. Stone, was born at
Greenville, South Carolina, June 10, 1833. In 1S66 he
moved to Texas and settled in Milam county. A farmer
by occupation, he was a man of considerable enterprise
and prominence, was a teacher for five or six years in
Texas, and served as treasurer of Milam county for six
years. His death occurred January 29, 1893. He mar-
ried Emily F. Butler, a sister of Gen. M. C. Butler, of
South Carolina. She was born at Greenville. South Caro-
lina, Decemlier 11, 1838, and now lives at the venerable
age of seventy-five with her son in Waco. The six chil-
dren comprising the family were as follows : William B.,
now deceased; Jessie B.; Thomas P.; Jennie T., de-
ceased; Andrew F., deceased; and Nathaniel C, de-
ceased.

The early education of Thomas P. Stone was limited
and his opportunities for acquiring it intermittent. At
odd times, sometimes for two weeks, and then for only
two or three days consecutively, he attended country
schools in Texas until he was seventeen yeais of age.
As a result of the war between the states his father had
been ruined financially, and his health had l)een so weak-
ened that he was seriously handica|ipeil in jirosecuting his
business, and in consequence his children had to take a
hand at an early age in earning their own way and con-
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Stone kept hard at work on a farm until he was twenty-
four years of age. Moving to Cameron, in Milan county,
he then began the study of law in the office of Judge
P. S. Ford. In 1S8S he was granted a license to prac-
tice in the state courts, and received his admission to
the Federal courts in 1SS9. Even his law education
came as a result of hard study in spare time, his days
being devoted to business, and his nights to the reading
of his law books. While during the twenty-five years of
his practice Mr. Stone has tried cases involving all the
general principles of jurisprudence, he has specialized in
civil law and land titles law, and in that field is regarded
as an attorney possessing peculiar qualifications and
especial strength, so that he is a valuable ally to his
clients. In 1889 Mr. Stone moved to Waco, and has
had his home and his business in that city. While his
practice has always been the main consideration with
him, he has at different times worked for the public wel-
fare, and has acquired some business interests, including
a position as stockholder in the Citizens' National Bank
of Waco. Mr. Stone has never married and has been de-
votedly loyal to his mother, who resides with him.

In politics a leader of the local Democracy, he repre-
sented his district in the State Senate from 190-1 to 1908,
during the twenty-ninth and thirtieth legislature. T'or
that office he was nominated and elected without oppo-
sition, and his work as senator was highly creditable and
of a quality that might well be emulated. Mr. Stone is
one of the men who regard the body of Texas statutes
on special laws as sufficiently large, except as special



issues arise requiring further ex

close watch upnn niiinit Ic-i-l.i
ting out any cni 1 II J if iiir:i-iii i - li'

books, and at tlir s.-imr ti [■(■

the laws already written there
he is an Episcopalian



, and for this rea-
•iiiisisti'd chiefly in keeping a
-l.it'iiii, |ireventing and ciit-
- Ii.in- milled to the statute
' pel tcitiug and simplifying
iierein. In religious affairs
affiliated with the Masonic



order, the Woodmen of the World and the Fraternal
Brotherhood. Mr. Stone was Commander-in-Chief of the
United Sons of Confederate Veterans of the South,
having been elected to that office at the Dallas Eeunion
in 1902, and served until the Eeunion at New Orleans
in 1903.

Walter B. Allen. One of the concerns to which the
city of Amarillo owes its prestige as a center of com-
mercial activity is the Waples-Platter Grocer Company,
wholesale dealers in groceries and grocery specialties.
The manager of the concern, Walter B. Allen, has made
himself a distinct factor in the business lite of the city,
and he has resided here since 1905. He is a Texan by
nativity, born at San Felipe, Austin county, August 3,
1872, a son of Benjamin and Catherine (Penn) Allen.

On the paternal side of the family Mr. Allen is of
Scotch ancestry, and is a grandson of Benjamin Allen,
Sr., a pioneer settler of Austin county, Texas, where his
son Benjamin was born. The latter was for many years
a prominent stockman and farmer, and is now living at
Fort Worth, Texas. During the Civil war he fought in
the coast defense service. In politics he is a Democrat,
and his religious faith is that of the Methodist church.
He was first married to Catherine Penn, a direct de;
scendant of William Penn and a daughter of Columbus
Penn and sister of Mrs. A. M. Ireland, whose husband,
Hon. John Ireland, was at one time governor of Texas.
Mrs. Allen was born in Virginia, and was an infant when
taken to Mississippi, coming to Texas as a child with her
parents, who settled at the old town of Eutersville, near
LaGrange. Her death occurred in 1876, when she was
thirty-two years of age. She was the mother of two
children, Leila L. and Walter B. Two years after the
death of his first wife Benjamin Allen married Miss
Elizabeth Parker, a daughter of W. A. Parker, who re-
sided near the present town of Brookshire, in Waller
county, Texas, and to this union there were born three
daughters and one son. Both Mr. and Mrs. Allen still



survive, enjoying the fruits of their early years of toil,
and honored and respected by all who know them.

Walter B. Allen was but three years of age when his
mother died, and during the two years that followed he
made his home with an aunt, Mrs. B. L. Penn, but after
his father's second marriage he returned to the home
farm and was tenderly reared by his stepmother, whom
he will ever hold in fond remembrance. Until he was
seventeen years of age he attended the public schools of
Austin and Fort Bend counties, and his first employment
was on his father's farm. After leaving the parental
roof he went to Georgetown, where for three years he
was employed as a clerk in the establishment of W. Y.
Penn, dealer in jewelry, books, and stationery, subse-
quently going to Fort Bend county with his father,
where for one year they conducted a saw mill, its product
being shipped to Houston. Mr. Allen next went to Fort
Worth, where for four years he was in the retail grocery
business in the employ of others, after which he took
charge of the cigar stand in the Delaware Hotel, Fort
Worth, for the wholesale grocery and cigar firm of Wa-
ples-Platter Grocer Company. After one year his faithful
and able services won him a position on the regular sell-
ing force of this concern, and he continued as house and
traveling salesman until July 1, 1911, when the com-
pany opened a wholesale branch of their grocery business
at AmariUo, in the Savage Building, at the corner of
First and Lincoln streets. At this time Mr. Allen was
made manager of this branch, with a traveling force of
five men, the equipment of the firm being modern in
every detail, with railway facilities and switches and a
floor space of about 11,000 square feet. On September
1, 1918, the company leased and moved into the Blair
& Hughes Building, at the corner of First and Filmore
streets, where they have much larger quarters, their
floor space covering about 14,000 square feet. The firm
not only has a large and constantly growing trade at
Amarillo, but a large tributary business as well, and
much of the success of the enterprise may be attributed
to the untiring energy and business ability of Mr. Allen,
who has brought to his work an enthusiasm that he has
been able to instill in those working with him. Among
his associates he is recognized as a man of more than or-
dinary acumen and judgment, and the success he has
achieved has been most gratifying to the officers of the
main house, who have placed the most implicit confi-
dence in him. He has been interested in other ventures
of a commercial nature, and at this time owns a one-
half interest in the firm of Horn & Allen, general mer-
chants at Channing, Texas. As a member of the Cham-
ber of Commerce and the Amarillo Business Men 's Asso-
ciation he has done all in his power to forward the in-
terests of his adopted city, and he has on every occasion
shown himself an enthusiastic "booster" for Amarillo
and the Panhandle in general. In politics he is a Dem-
ocrat, but he has found no time to enter into public af-
fairs. His religious connection is with the Presbyterian
church.

On October 29, 1902, Mr. Allen was married at Weath-
erford, Texas, to Miss Mamie Buster, who was born m
Washington county, Texas, a daughter of W. G. Buster,
an old settler of Washington county. Mr. Buster died
at his home in Weatherford March 8, 1914. Mr and
Mrs Allen became the parents of three children: Cath-
erine Edwina, who was born at Fort Worth, Texas, June
24, 1904- Walter Buster, born at Amarillo, Texas, August
13 1907! and who died in this city December 13, 1912;
and Frank Penn, born at Amarillo, June 13, 1910. The
family home of the Aliens is situated at 1700 Van Buren
street, Amarillo.

Dr. Horatio L. Tate, a retired physician of Lindale,
Texas, has been a resident of Smith county for more
than three score years and has contributed his part in
the progressive activities of this locality.

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ber 4, 1S41, and in 1850, when a bov of nine Tears, was
brought to Texas. His father, Zimr'i Tate, emigrated to
Texas that year. They made the journey via New Or-
leans, where they transferred to a Bed River boat for
Shreveport, Louisiana, the head of navigation of that
river, and at that point Mr. Tate bought a team and
with his family started across country to Dallas. Pri-
vate conveyance was the only mode of travel for a fam-
ily here in that day. When they reached Grand Saline, a
break-down in their traveling equipment brought a change
in their plans, and instead of going on to Dallas they
made settlement in Smith county.

Dr. Tate's father, his grandfather and his great-grand-
father were named Zimri. The first Zimri Tate was a
Revolutionary soldier and was with Washington 's army
at Valley Forge during that memorable winter noted for
its severity. The second Zimri Tate, a native of Vir-
ginia, moved to Georgia, where he was twice married.
He was the father of ten children, among them being
Zimri, James, Horatio, Jacob and Elias.

Zimri Tate, the father of Horatio L., was liberally ed-
ucated, was a close observer of affairs and a participant
in local matters. He was a Bible student and an ardent
Methodist, and he contributed materially to church and
school support in Smith county. For several years he
served on the board of County Commissioners. During
the latter part of the Civil war he was a quartermaster
and assistant commissary in the Trans-Mississippi De-
partment, and he furnished a sou for the Confederate
army. He was born in 1833 and died in lfl07. His first
wife, Rebecca (McKinley) Tate, a daugh'ter of Roliert
McKinley, died in 1863. Their only child is Horatio L.
For his second wife he married Mrs. Nancy Terrj-. By
this marriage there was no issue. His third marriage
was to Mrs. Mag Riolehoober, by which union there was

Horatio L. Tate spent his childhood at the old home
his father established north of Lindale. He attended
the public schools near his home and later the Tyler
school and the reputable school at Bunker Hill, Texas.
After this he taught school a few months, and then began
the study of medicine. In January, 1862, he enlisted in
Captain Hamilton's company of infantry. Bates' regi-
ment, and served with it three months. Then he joined
Company E of Colonel Brown 's battalion of cavalry.
He was in the fight at Matagorda, Texas, where attempt
was made to relieve some Confederates threatened with
capture, and when the war closed he was with his com-
mand at a point near Brenham, Texas.

With the restoration of peace, Horatio L. Tate re-
sumed citizenship at his home in Smith county. Again
he took up the study of medicine, and in the s|iring of
1869 lie graduated from the New Orleans School of
JJedicine. When he began the practice of his profession
it was in the neighborhood in which he had been reared,
and here his professional work covered a period of thirty-
seven years. He aided in the orgauizatinn of the Smith
County Medical Society and tlio Trxa-^ State Medical
Society, and while in active injrih,- In. frequently read
papers at the meetings of tlir^.- ni ^:iiii; .-itiuns.

Dr. Tate was a pioneer iii the truck and fruit in-
dustry of Smith county. His entry into that field and
the success he attained caused him to relax his hold upon
his professional work and devote himself exclusively to
horticulture. He became one of the large growers of
the county and familiarized himself with the scientific
as well as the practical side of it. He identified himself
with the Lindale Fruit Glowers' Tiiioii and with such

other movements as promised well tnr tl iitrnme of

the new and important ventuir. Ilr \\;is .'i .miti iUutor
to the agricultural and hortic iiltiir:il pirss, hkmIc ad-
dresses before East Texas meetings of liuil i^iowcis and

otherwise exhibited his enthusiasm as a pearl I Ijerry

man. The canning industry at Lindale followed closely
upon the heels of the demonstration of this i-ouiitry as a
fruit region, and Dr. Tate took stock in the Lindale Can-



ning Company and is one of the directors of it. Also
he is a director of the State Guaranty Bank of Lindale.

In mi.ldle life, Dr. Tate was a part of the political
machinery of his county. As a Democrat ho was elected
to the State Legislature for several terms, anil he was
the originator of the law establishing the reformatory
for juvenile offenders, which institution was sulisoqnciitly
located at Gatesville. He was chairman of the commit tee
of the lower house on penitentiaries and was a member of
the committee on State Affairs and of the Public Lands
committee.

Fraternallv. the Doctor is a Mason; religiouslv, a
Motliodist. li'.iviiii; Inch identified with the church for a
[iciiud nf ,i\ rr tliirt V live years.

In .h , iMil. In. Tate and Miss Mary E. Terry were

miitrd ill iiiairiagc, in Smith county, and the children
born to them are as follows: Rebecca, who died here
as Mrs. W. T. Cannon ; Ida, wife of F. M. Boyd, of Lin-
dale; Lula, wife of John S. Ogburn, also of Lindale,
and Horatio, wife of J. N. Ferryman, of Emory, Texas.
Mrs. Tate is a native of Texas and a daughter of John
Terry, who came to this state from Mississippi a few
years before her birth.

David Cullen McNaik represents a family w-hich has
been identified with eastern and central Texas since ante-
bellum days. He has been a resident of Kaufman county
since 1866, but was born in Madison county, Texas, De-
cember 7, 18.58. His father was .John i?oderick Mc-
Nair, who spent his career in Madison, Navarro and
Kaufman counties, dying in the latter in 1874. The
grandfather was John Roderick McNair, Sr., a teacher,
lawyer and doctor, who came to Texas some years prior
to the war and spent the remainder of his career in >Iad-
ison county, dying in Zultz's Store, Willow Hole Prairie,
during the war. He practiced his profession at Maili-
sonviile, and was a man of undoubted influence in his
community. He was a descendant of the Scotch Mc-
Nairs, who first settled in North Carolina, from which
state branches of the family radiated in many direc-
tions.

Dr. J. Roderick McNair married Mary McDonald, who
died in Madison county, the mother of thirteen cliildron.
Those to reach maturity were: Martha, who iimiiied
William Shannon, of Bedias, Texas; Kate, who iii:irried
George Fullerton, of Brazos county; Alexander, ^^ho
lived in Navarro county; William T., who spent the most
of his career in Madison county; Barbara, who first mar-
ried a Mr. McDowell, secondly a Mr. Henry, and was a
third time married; EflSe, who became Mrs. James
Henry and still resides in Brazos county; Belinda, who
married Mat Burney, a lawyer and later city marshal
of XJvalda, Texas; Susanna, Mrs. James Ford, of Hous-
ton; Dodson, who died in Madison county. These chil-
dren were all brought up in the old-school Presbyterian
church.

John Roderick McNair, Jr., the father, was born in
Mississippi, and was a nephew of Judge McNair, of
Smith county, that state. Although his father was a
scholarly and accomplished citizen, the son acquired only
limited education. Early in his manhood he entered
the war as a Confederate soldier, and his three younger
brothers served the same cause. He left the army as an
invalid after much service, and was at home when the
crisis came and the Confederacy collapsed. Removing to
Navarro county soon after the war, he remained there
several years, raising mules, horses and cattle. A few
years before his death he moved to Kaufman county, liv-
ing at Baker's Prairie when he died. He was still a
young man at the time of his death, and most of his
years in Kaufman county were spent as a farmer. He
was not a church member.

Some time before the war John Roderick McNair, Jr.,
married Miss Eliza J. Baker, a daughter of John Baker,



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