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the countv court. Judge Duncan is a Eoyal Arch and
Knights Templar Mason, well known in the circles of the
craft, and has filled various official places in the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. His religious member-
ship is in the Church of Christ.

In December, 1882, he was married to Miss Sarah K.
Dav in Montague ecounty. Her parents were Mathew
and Sarah Day, both of whom were old settlers in Gray-
son count.y, Texas, and her mother is still living at the
home of judge Duncan. The ten children of the Judge
and Mrs. Duncan are as follows: Silas E. Duncan, born
in Montague count.y, Texas, is married, a resident of
Floydada, and has three children; Mrs. Maude E. Hol-
lum", born in Floyd county, is a resident of Jourdanton,
Atascosa county, and the mother of three children ; Mrs.
Emma L. Watkins, born in Floyd county, has four chil-
dren and resides at Jourdanton, Texas; Mrs. Edith E.
Pitts, born in Floyd county, lives in El Paso, and has
two children; Mrs. Hope E. Hammond, born in Floyd
county, is a resident at Floydada, and has one child.
Mrs. Ruby E. Brown, born in Floyd county and now liv-
ing at Floydada; Miss Mattie E. Duncan, born in Floyd-
ada, and attending the local high school; Arthur B. Dun-
can, Jr., is a Floydada native and attending the schools;
Carroll V. Duncan and Mark W. Duncan, the two young-
est of the family were born in Floydada and are both
now in school.

Judge Duncan is what is known as a self-made man.
He started out and for some years found the road some-
what rough and beset with obstacles. He had no one to
thank for his early successes but himself, and has al-
ways evinced those qualities which produce success and



esteem in this world. He has the faculty of making
friends, and has a great number of lo^yal associates and
followers. Through all the years of his residence in
Floyd county and West Texas his convietiou has been in-
creasing that the permanent ]iri)?[)eriry of the country
rests upon solid ground. Witli tlic iminihu-tion of irri-
gation with appropriate di\frMii. .itinn;, iu farming
methods, and with the coming ul the mI" and the raising
of high grade stock, all of which is a matter of only a
few years, Floyd county and surrountliug territory will
become the garden spot of the southwest. Movemeuts
which must necessarily follow the above, and to which
Judge Duncan has given his vigorous support, both in
private and officially, are the promotion of good roads,
better schools, establishment of social centers in rural
communities, the extension of rural free delivery routes,
ami every other enterprise which means greater wealth or
comfort and the better welfare of the country.

Andrew M. Campbell. Now rated as one of the
, ablest attorneys of Trinity county, Mr. Campbell was
: thirty years ago a raw country youth, had little educa-
tion, some experience as a cuwlioy in the west, and his
chief qualifications wtir a icrtaiii trailrssncss and a
capacity for hard wmk Ih.iIi |ili\-hal ami intellectual.
He has had a varied lanri. s. rv, -I a~ slhriH, as district
attorney, and in his private i.KitVNsimi has represented
many important interests. He is now one of the leading
men in his section of the state. Andrew M. Campbell
was born in Colorado county, in the town of Columbus,
Texas, September 5, isr,p. "His father was William L.
Campbell, and liis i:iaiMlfather Andrew M. Campbell.
The latter was Imrn in 'Irnnessee, was educated in college,
and later gave his cmn rhildren the advantages of a
liberal educatiuu. He was a prominent man in Colorado
county before the war, served as county .judge, an office
he held for many years previous to the war, and after
the war moved to Galveston, where he was in the com-
mission business as head of the firm of Camijbell &
C'lough. Judge Campbell was a large planter, and owned
a plantation in Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River,
adjoining the town of Columbus. After his removal to
Galveston he made himself an influence in local affairs,
and died during the seventies at the age of seventy-four.
He was married in his native state to Miss Xeely who
died in Columbus, Texas. Her ehildren were William L.;
John D., who died at Inlmnl-i-: M,^. ( Vnthia Wright,
who died in Colorado rniiiit\: licllne. wlm niarriecrEli
Matthews and died in ( ;:il\ esi,,ii -, iJnI.ert M., who died
in Newton county while .uuniy an.i district clerk; Mary
J., who married George E. Clothier, a Presbyterian
mini.ster, and who spent her life in Galveston.

William L. Campbell, the father, was born in Ten-
nessee, October 22, 1840, was liberally educated in the
classics, graduated from Baylor University, and was
admitted to the bar, but never practiced law. In 1866,
he left Colorado county, and moved to Grimes county,
where he tauglit sclinnl and for se\eral yeais was county
superintendent of ^rhod^. He iiwiied a l:ime farm, near
Anderson, and du'd in ih.-it imui j'rl.niaiv 1.3. 1912.
He was a Methodist, liut not prominent in .lunch affairs.
In politics, however, he was one of the men of his
county, though of a reserved nature, and disposition
which kept him in the rank and file until his services as
a leader were actually needed and he then became in
every sense a leader. He was a forceful speaker, and
had great tactical ability in manipulating political forces
and party affairs. Grimes county was for many years
Republican, and he was one of the men who succeeded
in converting the negro majority influence into a Demo-
cratic plurality. Upon the issues of the war. both he
and his father had opposeil secession. His father owned
one of the largest slave plantations in Colorado county.
and the war caused the loss of more than one hundred
and fifty black laborers and household workers. During
the war. William L. Cam]>bell was captain and enrolling
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officer at Columbus, and his command did its most im-
portant service in looking up deserters. His brother
John was a soldier in the Confederate ranks. WUliam
L. Campbell was a member of the Odd Fellows Order
He married Sarah J. Kelley, a daughter of William
Ivelley, who was of Irish stock, and a prominent farmer
of Grimes county, where his daughter and Mr. Campbell
were married. Mrs. Campbell died January 17, 1886
Her children were: Andrew M.; Cynthia Lula, who mar-
ried J. H. Scott and died in Grimes county; Mary J.
who married L. H. Harrison, of Abilene, Texas; WiUiam
L., of Abdene; Vance A., of Grimes county; John E
of Navasota; SaUie, wife of R. S. Wommack'of Abilene'/
Lloyd C, who died unmarried; Lillian, who married
Brown Kennard of Anderson; Ethel, who married Dr.
D. C. Smith of Groveton ; George C, assistant postmaster
at Abilene; and Alice, who married J. M. Heusley of

Andrew M. Campbell grew up on the family farm,
five miles east of Anderson. As the oldest child in the
family, his early education was considerably neglected,
and his advantages were less liberal than those afforded'
to the younger members of the household. However
when he realized the deficiencies of his earlv traiuino-'
he more than made up by individual application for those
handicaps, and has long since put himself in the class
of cultured and well-read men of large attainments.
\\ hile still m his teens he went into west Texas, and his
experience as a cowboy for the firm of Barry & Trant in
Jones county from 1878 to 1879 tended to 'wear oft' the
corners of a country youth. Returning to Grimes,
Grant county, at the age of twentv h,- uav appointed
deputy sherift', and it was while in' ,.[ilr,. tJiat he
applied himself with vigor to the studv of l.otli l)ooks
and men. He served four years as deputy sheriff, under
Sheriff J. L. Scott, and was then elected justice of tha
jieace for precinct No. 1 of that county. In that con-
nection he had the honor of being the first Democrat
elected after the Civil war. In the meantime he read
law at Anderson, and was admitted to the bar in 1886.
From that time forward his promotion to larger responsi-
bilities was rapid. He was elected and served as county
attorney for four years, and in 1900 was elected district
attorney of the twelfth judicial district, comprising the
counties of Grimes, Madison, Leon, Walker and Trinity.
His services as district attorney lasted for two term's,
.■md he left office in 1904. Altogether he had served as
I'loserutor for a dozen years, and his service was at a
time wlien crime and lawlessness were at a high tide in
tliat district, and to his energetic work must be ascribed
a large share of the credit for the restoration of law
and order.

As a Democrat Mr. Campbell has done considerable
work m the interest of state candidates, and was a
supporter of 0. B. Colquitt for the governorship Fra-
ternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, the Kniohts of the Maccabees, and is a

member of the M

In Grimes county
bell married Miss
her father, came to
Confederate soldier
merchant at Roan 's
Intyre married Ca



o\,inlier 15, 1886, Mr. Camp-
Mo Intyre. Jesse Mclntyre,
i from North Carolina, was a
later a large farmer and
e in Grimes county. Mr. Me-
Lindley, and their children
d ^. Tl, narviii, and lives in
r b'oai, - I'rairie; J. R., of
• aiiiplM'M : .\,!,-i, who married
"loll: I' who married
ill-ton: I'liihlle (_'., postmaster
II oi Mr, .nol >[rs. Campbell
'I III iiifaioy : I liai-e, a gradu-
(laheston; .Jessie, Leone and

Is-\AC N. Parker. A prominent merchant at Trinitv,
where he has resided since 1889, Isaac N. Parker is one



of the few active Texans who can claim the honor of
being a native son of the old Texas fiepublie. He has
had a long and active career, was a soldier in the Con-
federate army four years, has been a farmer and mer-
chant, and as a result of hard work has accumulated
the means of prosperity and competence.

Isaac N. Parker was born within three miles of Hunts-
ville, April 10, 1841, and reared in Walker county. His
education was finished when he was sixteen years old at
Austin College, and when he left school he applied
himself to the occupations of the farm, and also had
his full share of useful enjoyment in hunting, fishing
and frolicing. When the war broke out he was twenty
years old. He enlisted in Company D of the Fifth In-
ifantry in Hood's Texas Brigade, under Capt. Mike
Powell, who was afterward promoted to colonel. His
regiment was sent on to Richmond, Virginia, and his
first fight was with a part of Lee's army at Yorktown
in the Peninsular campaign. He was in the Seven Day
Battle, the second battle of Manassas, Antietam, Gettys-
burg, Chickamauga, was wounded at Chickamauga and
at Gettysburg, and all told his service comprised twenty-
seven battles. While on a scout in east Tennessee at
Morristown, he was captured, spent thirty days in the jail
at Knoxville, and was then sent to Camp Chase in Ohio,
where he remained ten months and ten days as a prisoner,
and was then paroled. While on parole General Lee sur-
rendered. Prom the time he left his old home in Texas
in 1861 until September, 1865, he did not return, and
no man saw longer service in the southern army.

After the war, when he got back to Texas, there was
nothing open in the way of a vocation except farming,
and he took up that work in real earnest. He followed
it for ten years, and then engaged in merchandising at
Dodge, Texas. His beginning was on a small scale, and
from Dodge he went to Eiverside, where he spent five
years, and in 1899 came to Trinity. In Trinity he built
a store, and has since been a merchant with a growing
trade in that center. His career as a merchant has been
continuous since 1876. Mr. Parker has never allowed
his name to be placed on a ticket as a candidate for
public office, though he is a loyal Democrat, and one of
the strongest advocates and workers for prohibition in
the county. He belongs to the Methodist church, and
affiliates with the Masonic Order.

Mr. Parker is a son of Jesse Parker, who came to
Texas in 1833 from Louisiana, lived for a time on the
Sabine Eiver in east Texas, and subsequently settled on
the farm where his son Isaac was born in Walker county,
in 1836. He lived there until his death in 1849. He
was probably born in Georgia, and he was twice married.
His first children were: Sarah, who married James
Schrier and who lived in Atascosa countv, and died there;
Matthew spent his career in Matagorda. Texas; Wiley
died in Walker county; Elizabeth, married Phil Coe, and
died in Gonzales county. The second wife of Jesse
Parker, and the mother of Ifsac X.. was Elizabeth Barker,
who died in Huntsville, at the age of eighty-six. Her
children were: Jesse, who died during the war as a
Confederate soldier; Eliza, who married Richard Phim-
mer, and died in Walker county in 1866; Mary Ann,
whose first husband was Andy Cox, and her second was
Richard Berry, and he died in Huntsville; Rebecca, who
married Marion Brown of Dodge. Texas; Nancy, who
married Daniel B. McMillan, and lives at Riverside,
Texas; Isaac N., and David, who died at Huntsville,
leaving a family.

Mr. Isaac N. Parker was married in Walker county,
December 24, 1867, to Miss Mary C. Ashley, a daughter
of Edmund Ashley, who came from Alabama just before
the war. Mrs. Parker died in Trinity, leaving the fol-
lowing children: Edmund C, of Roseburg, Texas, who
married Lillian Lane; Frank P., a merchant of Trinity,
who married Marcie Thompson; Claude, who" died un-
married; Robert I., who died in young manhood:
Eoberta, who died at the age of fourteen in 1889; and

Jesse P., who died when a young man. In October,
1905, Mr. Parker married for his second wife Miss
Lucinda C. Palmer, a daughter of William Palmer. Be-
fore her marriage Mrs. Parker was for sixteen years
employed in the Parker store of Trinity.

William H. Bradley. One of the leaders in business
enterprise at Trinity is William H. Bradley, who since
locating in that center of population and industry in
October, 1911, has been identified with the real estate,
hotel and banking business. His home has been in
Trinity county since January, 1886.

Mr. Bradley came from Troy, Alabama, where he was
born October 15, 1876. He was thus ten years of age
when the family located in Texas. His father, Andrew
J. Bradley, a farmer of Pennington, Trinity county,
was born in 1851, in Pike county, Alabama, and who
married Soyihronia Wilson, a farmer. The children of
Andrew J. Bradley and wife are: William H.; Laura,
wife of John W. Lewis of Batson, Texas; and Enirua,
who married Oscar Jordan of Batson. The Bradleys
came originally from Ireland, settling in Abbeville
district of South Carolina, and from that locality
Grandfather Henry M. Bradley moved to Alabama.
Grandfather Bradley married Mary Cowart, and Andrew
J. was one of seven children, all of whom came out to
Texas, and located in Trinity and Houston counties.

William H. Bradley was brought up on a small farm
in Trinity county, and had only a common school educa-
tion as his preparation for a business career. Leaving
home at the age of sixteen he began the study of law
at Groveton with the firm of Bean & Nelms, continuing
his reading for several years. Other affairs have attracted
him rather than the law, and has never formally entered
the profession. In 1900 he was appointed postmaster of
Groveton by President McKinley as the successor of A.
M. Stevenson. His service as postmaster continued for
twelve years, and he resigned to engage in business. On
coming to Trinity Mr. Bradley opened and conducted
as proprietor for two years the Gibson Hotel, and then
turned all his attention to the real estate business. In
1912 he became an officer of the Southwest Company,
being secretary and treasurer of this well known real
estate concern, the other members of which are Hayne
Nelms of Groveton and J. D. Freeman of Trinity. It is
the purpose of this company to promote immigration,
and the settlement of the "cut-over" lands and other
lands in this vicinity. They own or control several
hundred thousand acres in various counties of east Texas.
Mr. Bradley is one of the directors of the First National
Bank of Groveton.

Politically he has always been a Republican, is county
chairman of his party in Trinity county, has attended
a number of state conventions, and in 1904 was a dele-
gate to the Chicago National Convention which nominated
Roosevelt. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason and a
member of the Methodist church. Mr. Bradley was mar-
ried in Trinity county, July 23, 1901. to Miss Lulu
Magee, a daughter of Abe Magee, an old pioneer settler
of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have no children.

Robert Elmer Mixton. As a lawyer Mr. Minton is
one of the ablest in southeast Texas, and associated with
E. O. Kenley in the firm of Kenley & Minton, representing
some of the largest financial and industrial interests in
Trinity county and vicinity. Mr. Minton took the bar
examination at Austin in 1906, and at once located for
practice at Groveton. From the beginning their practice
has been of an important character. The first case in
which he was an attorney was for the prosecution of a
claim for some heirs. The firm have represented the
Southern Pine Lumber Company, the Trinity County
Lumber Company, the Thompson Brothers Lumber Com-
pany. The Groveton, Lufkin & Northern Railroad Com-
pany, the Texas Southeastern Railroad Company, and the
Beaumont & Great Northern Railroad Company.

Robert Elmer Minton was born in Sabine county,



Texas, October S. 1S7S. a son of William Henry ilinton,
and a grandson i>t William Minton. William Minton
came from Tmy. S.anli ( indlina, the family having owned
the land on wliiili tliat town was built. William Minton
when about forty years of age married a Miss Wolam,
a sister of ' ' Uncly ' ' Johnny Wolam, the famous pioneer
Methodist preacher who came to Texas in 1836 as a mis-
sionary, and spent his life in east Texas, was at one time
chaplain of the Huntsville prison, and died at Crockett
in 1891. William Minton and wife liad ilic tnlluwiiii;
children: James, a Confederate soldi. i. \\liii dii.l at
Corsicana, about 1885, leaving no children; William
Henry; John P., of Nacogdoches; Francis M., of Alto;
Thomas, of Sabine county: Martha B., who married
Frank Errington, and lives in Sabine county; and
Beauregard of Sabine county.

William Henry Minton, who has been a farmer all his
life, came to Texas from Shelby county Tennessee in
1859. He was born in Tennessee in November, 18-19,
and has thus lived in Texas since he was ten years of age.
The family first settled near San Augustine where Grand-
father William Minton was a shoemaker. The Grand-
father died in 1S78, having been born about the beginning
of the century. William Minton is a Democrat, has
seldom left the quiet activities of the farm for public
affairs but held the office of county commissioner and is
a deacon in the Baptist church. He was married in
Sabine county in 1S75 to Miss Cen.-i Maddox. Iler
parents were John J. and Eebecca i]:rr\r-i M.i.ldox.

Her father was a farmer and came to I'rxn- Ir

Alabama and had given service with the riiril< of ( apiain
in the Confederate army. William H. Minton and wife
had the following children : John William, a lawyer in
Sabine county, who married Florence Dean; Robert E.;
Sallie, wife of Austin Mason, of San Augustine county;
Eoscoe Henry, of Sabine county, who married Miss
Corrie Arnold ; J. M.. of Houston ; Protis. of Houston ;
and Vivian, who married a Mr. Buttler.

Robert E. Minton spent his boyhood near Geneva,
Texas, on the farm, and after the local schools was a
student in the Geneva high school. One summer was
spent in Baylor University, and a year in the law
department of Texas University. His self-supporting
career began as a school teacher in the country of
Sabine county, where he worked three years in the school
room, and for two years was at Pennington and two
years in the city schools of Groveton. His ambition
was definitely centered upon the law. and in 1905 he
left the school room, and prepared himself for the ex-
aminations which he successfully passed in the following

As already noted his career in the law has been one
of exceptional success. One of the most noted cases in
which he and his partner have been identified was the
suit brought by the Consolidated Louisiana & Texas
Lumber Company, against the Southern Pine Lumber
Company. This was a case in the federal court jurisdic-
tion, and involved a claim of nine hundred thousand
dollars damages, for the removal of timber by the
Southern Pine Lumber Company from a league of land,
which the plaintiff claimed to own. The case went to
the federal court, Mr. Minton being one of the active
attorneys throughout, and at the end a judgment of
fifteen thousand dollars was handed down in lieu of the
nine hundred thousand dollars which had been claimed.
The award is still pending on appeal before the circuit
court of New Orleans. Various other suits involving
title and important values in civil cases have absorbed
much of Mr. Minton 's time and ability in the district
courts. He practices before the supreme court, having
been admitted to that court at the same time as to the
lower courts. Mr. Minton is one of the stockholders
of the Guaranty State Bank, and represents it as attorney.
He has general supervision of the sale and settlement
of the "cut-over" land of the Southern Pine Lumber
Company. These lands are being advertised and set-
tlers from northern and eastern states are rapidly taking

possession and converting the original site of this pine
forest into productive fields. Mr. Minton is a Democrat,
• but has avoided all practical polities. He is affiliated
with the Knights of the Maccabees, and an active worker
in church and Sunday school. He is a deacon of the
Groveton Baptist church, superintendent of the Sunday
schools, and of the men 's bible class, and inter-denomina-
tional class for the study of the bible, has been a delegate
to Baptist a^<o,■iation^, and w-as clerk of the Sabine
County Asso.-ial ion :it one time.

-Mr. Minton was iii.-irried at Groveton in February,
I'.Hi-j. to Miss Lucy KcTiley. a daughter of George White-
head Keuley. Mr. and Mrs. Minton have three children:
Robert E., Rachael and Marjorie.

George Whitehead Kenley, father of Mrs. Minton, was
born at San Augustine, Texas, September 28, 1841. His
father, Thomas H. Kenley, founded the family in Trinity
county from San Augustine countv. He was born in
Kentucky about 1813; and died near Old Sumter, in
Trinity county, in 1871. A man of ordinary education,
he spent his life as a farmer, was honored with the ofSce
of sheriff of Trinity county, and held that position at
the time of his death. He was an early settler of Texas
and went out from San Augustine county as a soldier for
the Mexican war, being with General' Taylor's army.
He was a Democrat, a Methodist, and a Master Mason.
By his marriage to Elizabeth Potts of Kentucky, he tlic following children: Rachael, who first married a
Mr. ll.illniark, and later Jlr. Morgan, and had children
i.y lioili unions; George Whitehead; Mary J., who mar-
iicl i):iiiiel Murphy, and lived in Cherokee' county ; Philip
I)., of Coleman county; Thomas H., of Henderson county;
Lucinda, who married Coleman Ashworth, and spent her
life in Trinity and Montgomery counties.

Geor-e Whiteliead Kenley grew up with only a limited
ediicat loii. iiiid Ills career was spent as a' farmer. He came
to Tiinii^ coimrv aliout 1849, settling near Old Sumpter,
when. Ii,. iM,iiii,,| and later lived on East Prairie and
Nri.L;ali's I'iiumc. [iiiriim il„. »ar he entered the Con-
fedciMt.. :irii\. v;iu ,., mc'it dc:il nt service but was never
W011II.I...I or .:,|,tiir,..|. Later lie was affiliated with the
I nitcl Contcdcnile Xvt.'iuu^. As a Democrat in polities
he succeeded his father to tlie office of sheriff of Trinity
county. He was very successful as a farmer, and did a
great deal for his children, whom he educated and pre-
pared for successful careers as teachers and workers
m the world. He was married on March 4, 1869, to
Paralee Chandler. Her father, Carroll T. Chandler,
came to Texas from Perry county, ALabama, first settling
in Cherokee county, where he was a farmer. He died
while a Confederate soldier in the fall of 1861. His wife
whose maiden name was Amanda Welch of Perrv county'
Alabama, subsequently married a Mr. Duncan, who soon'


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