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Robert Monroe White was born at White's (or Turtle)
Bayou, Chambers county, Texas, in 18.56, and James
Taylor White was born in 1854. Their parents were
James Taylor and Amanda (Speght) White. James
Taylor White was likewise horn at Turtle Bayou in
1829 and all his life was spent in Chambers county,
where he died in 1905. He was a son of James Taylor
White, who was born in Louisiana, came from that
state to Texas in 1819 and at that time located in what
is now Chambers county, establishing his home on Turtle
Bayou, which, because of the prominence and long
residence of the family, has also been known as White 's
Bayou. The original place settled upon by Grandfather
James Taylor White more than eighty years ago is
still owned and occupied by the family. The ranch
at White's Bayou consists now of about six thousand
acres, and is owned by Robert M. White and his brother,
James Taylor White. There are few old homesteads in
Texas which have longer associations and memories for
one family. After the battle of San Jacinto, in 1836,
the Mexican General Santa Ana, while being escorted
as a prisoner on his way to New Orleans and thence to
Mexico, was kept overnight at the White home and
Grandfather James T. White furnished a pilot for trans-
porting the party across the Sabine River into Louisiann.

Besides the home place mentioned above Robert M.
White and J. T. White are owners of the famous White 's
Ranch in Chambers and Jefferson counties. That is one
of the largest and finest cattle ranches in Texas. Eighty
thousand acres comprise the broad domain over which
the White cattle range and few estates are now left in
Texas with such a princely acreage. Travelers over the
railroad through Chambers county are familiar with
White's Ranch Station, located about seven miles south
of Stowell, and the ranch adjoins this station. Mr.
White, like his father and grandfather before him, has
been engaged in the cattle business since boyhood and
from it has acquired his wealthy and influential position.

Mr. White married Miss Mattie Smith, who was born
in Orren county, Texas. Their four children are: J.
Cade White, Forrest White, Anna White and Lillie May
White. In 1902 Mr. White established his residence at
the town of Stowell, on the Gulf & Interstate Railroad,



where he has a beautiful and commodious home, sur-
rounded by every comfort and convenience.

Archie N. Jdstiss. As postmaster of the city of
Corsicana, Navarro county, Mr. Justiss is known as an
able and popular public official, but further than this
he is one of the representative members of the news-
paper fraternity in. Texas, as editor and publisher of the
Corsicana Courier-Light and Weekly Observer, and has
been a recognized power in the councils and political
manoeuvers of the Democratic party in the Lone Star
State, which has been his home since early youth. He
is one of the progressive and public-spirited citizens of
northeastern Texas and his character and achievements
entitle him to specific mention in this history of the

Archie Norris Justiss was born at Lebanon, Wilson
county, Tennessee, on the 19th of January, 1866, and
is a son of John and Rachel (Debou) Justiss, both
natives of Wilson county, Tennessee, and representatives
of old and honored families of that state. John Justiss
continued his residence in Tennessee until 1885, when
he came with his family to Texas, settling first at Alva-
rado, Johnson county, and removing thence to Hills-
boro. Hill county, where he died in 1895 at the age
of seventy-one years. He was born in 1823 and was a
son of Samuel Justiss, who was a native of North Caro-
lina and an early settler in Tennessee, where he became
a prosperous planter and the owner of a considerable
number of slaves. He continued to reside in that state
until his death, and it is worthy of special note that
three of his sons were found enrolled as valiant soldiers
of the Confederacy in the Civil war. Mrs. Rachel
(Debou) Justiss was a daughter of Bird Debou, who
was the most extensive planter in Wilson county, Ten-
nessee, where the family was long one of much promi-
nence and influence. The old homestead plantation of
Bird Debou was situated between Lebanon and Hunter's
Point and he was the owner of sixty-five slaves at the
time when the Emancipation Proclamation deprived him
of this property. He had distinctive business ability
and was able to retrieve to a large extent the financial
loss which he encountered as a result of the Civil war,
after the close of which he accumulated a large and
valuable estate. The death of Mrs. Rachel Justiss oc-
curred in the city of Waco, Texas, in 1888, and her
memory is revered by all who came within the compass
of her gracious influence. Of the children the eldest
was Robert, who was a resident of Collin county, this
state, at the time of his death; Millie, who married,
was survived by one son, who died in Tennessee. Her
other son, J. Morgan, was a resident of Hubbard City,
Texas, at the time of his death, the result of an auto-
mobile collision; Bird, who is survived by a son and
daughter, died at Hillsboro, Texas; Archie N., of this
review, was the next in order of birth, and Mary, who
became the wife of Henry M. Fowler, died at Waxa-
hachie, Texas, being survived by three children.
^ Archie N. Justiss acquired his preliminary educa-
tion in the schools of his native state and was about
■nineteen years of age at the time of the familv removal
to Texas, in 1885." He continued his studies in the
public schools of Hillsboro and thereafter he completed
an effective course in Hill 's Business College, in the city
of Waco. After his graduation in this institution Mr.
Justiss removed to Corsicana, which city has been his
home since September, 1889. Here he assumed the posi-
tion of city circulator for the Corsicana Daily Liriht. and
during the long intervening years he has continued to
be actively identified with newspaper interests in this
thriving Texas city, where his influence has constantlv
been given to the furtherance of high civic ideals and
progressive policies. He soon won promotion to the
position of reporter on the Daily Light, and for several
years he was also a correspondent for the Dallas Neivs.

He finally purchased an interest in the Daily Light and
in 1895 he effected the consolidation of this paper with
the Daily Courier. He has been editor and publisher
of the Courier-Light since 1900 and has made the paper
a power in political affairs as well as a most effective
exponent of local interests in general.

Mr. Justiss has been most actively identified with
Democratic politics in Texas from the time when the
Terrell election law became operative. He first served
as precinct chairman of the Democratic committee of
his ward and thereafter he held for four years the posi-
tion of secretary of the county committee of his party
in Navarro county. In 1908, by election, he was made
chairman of the county committee, and of this office he
continued the valued -and efficient incumbent for four
years, his duties thus including work in the national
campaign of 1912, in which he so aided in maneuvering
the forces at his command as to make Navarro county
fall into line with a strong plurality in favor of Presi-
dent Wilson. He became also a member of the senatorial
and congressional committees of his party, and for six
years he served as chairman of each of these committees
in his district. He has been a delegate to virtually every
Democratic state convention in Texas for the past
score of years, and from 1904 to 1906, inclusive, he was
a member of the state executive committee of the party.
It is worthy of note that after the nomination of Presi-
dent Wilson Mr. Justiss started in Navarro county a
popular subscription to aid in the ensuing campaign, the
result being that about $1,500 were raised in the county
and added to the national campaign fund. He was ap-
pointed by Governor S. W. T. Lanham as a member
of his personal staff and holds a commission from Gov-
ernor Lanham with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
This was in the year of 1903 and 1904.

Mr. Justiss is a charter member of both the Booster
and Commercial Clubs of Corsicana, the former of which
he assisted in organizing in 1894 and he has given hearty
support to their measures and enterprises projected for
the general good of the city. After the campaign of
1912 Mr. Justiss became a candidate for the office of
postmaster of Corsicana, and he won the commission, not-
withstanding there were twenty-six applicants for the
same. He circulated no petition for support or com-
mendation, but gained the voluntary support of a host
of loyal friends, with the result that he assumed the
duties of office on the 1st of April, 1914. At the State
Postmasters' Convention held at Austin in May, 1914,
Mr. Justiss was elected secretary and treasurer of the
association for the ensuing year, a pleasing compliment
to a young member over so 'many older members at the
convention. This is an important office. Mr. .Justiss
is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, the
Praetorians and the Mystic Circle, in which last he is
worthy ruler, and he and his family hold membership
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

In Corsicana on the 12th of October, 1893, was
solemnized the marriage of Mr. Justiss to Miss Katie
M. Frost, daughter of Judge Sam R. Frost, a pioneer
of Navarro county and one of the leading legists and
jurists of the Texas bar. Judge Frost wedded Mollie
Winkler, a daughter of Judge C. M. Winkler, and nine
children were bora of this union. Mr. and Mrs. Justiss
have two sons, Archie Frost and Alton Norris. The
elder son is a member of the class of 1915 in the Corsi-
cana high school and his intention is to prepare himself
for the legal profession. His association with one of
the leading law firms of Corsicana has brought from
one of its members the following high tribute to the
aspiring young man, the statements being those of E.
S. Neblett: "I cannot resist the temptation to express
to you my good opinion of your son Archie. He is a
boy of whom you may well be proud. I value his friend-
ship and count him among my friends. I am always
glad to have his association and find him a boy of



sjleiidid character, good iutclligence, ambitious and
industrious. He constantly reminds me of my former
partner, his grandfather. Judge Sam E. Frost, in his
amiable disposition and well balanced character. If he
does not, even in early life, attain positions of honor,
prominence and influence, I think it will be due to some
extraneous circumstances that operate from this time
forward to carry him away from his present well formed
ideas and aspirations. I think he should be stimulated
to pursue his scholastic work, which will unquestionably
not only give him culture but also the breadth and
depth necessary to the practice of law and valuable in
any pursuit. ' '

Addison Perbt Moore. The eonmiercial liife of
Tyler, Texas, has since 1880 known the influence and
activities of Addison Perry Moore, and the part he has
played in the industrial and financial progress of the
city has been no insignificant one. As president of the
Moore Grocery Company, a wholesale house with
branches at several points in East Texas, his operations
are wide in their scope in that field alone, and as vice
president of the Guaranty State Bank he maintains a
position of importance in financial circles of the city.

Addison Perry Moore was born in Alabama, in De-
cember, 1857, and came of a family of slave-holding
planters. His father, Frank Moore, was born near
Cheraw, South Carolina, and died in Tyler, Texas, in
1897, at the age of sixty-eight. He was married in his
early days in Alabama to Miss Alice Silliman, the daugh-
ter of a "Xorth Carolina man, who died before his family
of sixt( vh rliiMv,.,! wore all reared. Of this numerous
progeii\ ' i !inys, four of whom became doctors,

four ii'i' !- , :oia- farmers, and each of them ac-
quitted I I1M-. Ii ill liis particular field of activity in a
manner that was a distinct credit to the father and
mother who called them into existence. Dr. James
Silliman of Palestine was one of the sons, and at his
death he left a splendid estate and a son in the same
profession who is continuing his father 's work and
devoting his life to the welfare of humanity.

Frank Moore became a prosperous planter of Alabama
in the years prior to the Civil war period, and with the
outbreak of the Civil war the loss of his hundred or more
slaves gave him a financial blow from which he never
quite recovered. He held fast to his farm, however,
and enjoved the comforts of his home place until the
weight of years forced his retirement from active work,
when he left his Alabama home and moved to Texas in
order to be near his sons, and located in Tyler. His
faithful wife passed away in 1896, when she was sixty-
four years of age. Their children were seven in number
and concerning them brief mention is here incorporated
as follows: John S., the eldest, served through the
war in the Confederacy, he later entered the ministry of
the Presbyterian church, moved to Sherman, Texas,
where he "built the First Presbyterian church and was
its honored pastor for almost a quarter of a century
before death claimed him. Mary died in Tyler, Texas,
as Mrs. Newton Priestwood; Susan is the wife of Mark
Sledge of Smith county, Texas; W. E. died in Austin,
Texas; Sarah P. married Strother Burke and died in
Tyler; Hettie is Mrs. A. G. Boyd of Livingston, Ala-
bama, and Addison Perry, of this review, is the youngest
of the seven.

Addison P. Moore acquired a liberal education in the
Cooper Institute in Lauderdale county, Alabama, and
he came to Texas before he had attained his ma.iority.
He came to the state in the company of his brother,
W. E., now deceased, on the return of the latter from a
visit to the Alabama home, and he began his business
life and career as a partner of one Mr. Phillips in the
grocery business. After a little more than a year in
this connection Mr. Phillips died and thereafter Mr.
Moore carried on the retail business, with a jobbing de-

partment in connection, and he continued so until 1S93,
when he embarked in the wholesale business and put two
men on the road in his interests. He ran the business
under his own name, and though he was young in years
he was successful in business and so marked was his
success individually that he had no difficulty in securing
additional capital for the enlarging of the activities of
the firm. He first took a Mr. Starr into the firm and
the firm known as the Moore-Starr Grocery Company did
business until John B. Mayfield came into the partner-
ship, when his name was added, making the firm name
the Moore-Starr-Mayfield Grocery Company. Subse-
quent developments caused the various partners one by
one to withdraw from the business, and in due time Mr.
Moore had by purchase come to be the sole owner and
proprietor of the establishment, and it was then that
the Moore Grocery Company was incorporated for $200,-
000, with A. P. Moore as president, A. F. Sledge as
vice president and H. E. Moore of Houston as secretary
and treasurer. Branch houses have been established at
Palestine, Longview and Pittsburg, and a force of four-
teen salesmen wait on the trade of the system, cover-
ing East Texas in the most comprehensive manner. They
have a well established and ever growing trade in this
section of the state, and handle their trade in a manner
that is highly conducive to continued patronage and
augurs well i'or the future fortunes of this flourish-
ing system of grocery supply.

It is especially pleasing to contemplate the splendid
success of this concern when it is remembered that Mr.
Moore came to Texas without capital and without those
less tangible assets known as prospects. He had nothing
but his innate energy and ability, but they have been suf-
ficient to permit him to demonstrate his capabilities as
a merchant and made it possible for him to meet in the
most telling manner every emergency arising from the
demands of trade. His present connection shows him to
be a strong factor in the commercial field of the state
and his position as vice president of the Guaranty State
Bank speaks sufficiently well of his standing as a
financier. His home at No. 503 South Fannie avenue, in
Tyler, is a handsome one and marks a striking contrast
between the man of today and the boy of tender years
who made his advent into Tyler in i8S0. Mr. Moore
has given valuable public service as a member of the
board of education, on which he served for many years,
and as an alderman of the city, but he is in no sense of
the term a politician, giving but little time to the
activities of any of the political factions.

Mr. Moore has been twice married. He was first
married on March 17, 1SS6, in Crockett, Texas, to Miss
Mary Aldrich, a daughter of Oliver Aldrich. Mrs. jNloore
died in 1900, leaving two sons, — Aldrich, now a traveling
salesman for the Moore Grocery Company, and Addison.
On June 7, 1902, Mr. Moore was married in Nevada City,
California, to Miss Eachel Morgan, a daughter of the
venerable John T. Morgan, a Welchman, who pioneered
to California in 1855 and there became a successful
business man and banker. Mr. and Mrs. Moore met while
attending the World's Sunday School Convention of the
Presbyterian church at Denver, in 1901, both being mem-
bers of that denomination, and their marriage resulted
in consequence of that meeting. The home life of this
couple has been most idyllic in all its phases, and they
have two sons, — John Morgan and William Aubrey.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore are both enthusiastic church work-
ers and are immersed in the activities of the various
departments of their church in Tyler. Mr. Moore is an
Elder, and has represented his church and congregation
in Presbyteries and Synods at various times, and at-
tended the General Assembly of the church at Mobile,
Alabama. Their lives have been characterized by a
strong religious faith and fervor, and both enjoy the
esteem and hearty good will of all who share in their
aeouaintance and "know them for what they are.



John il. Lewis. One of the substantial and honored
citizens of Kaufman county, Mr. Lewis has been a res-
ident of Texas since his boyhood days and is a scion of
a sterling pioneer family that was founded in the Lone
Star commonwealth nearly sixty years ago and about
a decade after the admission of the state to the Union.
He has marked the passing years with worthy accom-
plishment, has witnessed the development and upbuild-
ing of the noble commonwealth that has long been his
home, and is one of the representative citizens of Kauf-
man county, his attractive home being a fine farm ad-
joining the village of Forney, where he was formerly
engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Lewis has been
one of the progressive men of Texas, has contributed
materially to the civic and industrial advancement of
the state, and he further has the distinction of having
made a gallant record us a soldier of the Confederacy
in the war between the states.

John M. Lewis was born in Marengo county, Alabama,
on the loth of April, 1842, and thus was a lad of four-
teen years at the time of the family removal to Texas
in the Christmas week of 1S55. He is a son of John
G. and Margaret (Mclntyrej Lewis, and is a scion of
a patrician old Southern family, the name of which has
been identified with the annals of American history since
the early Colonial era. John G. Lewis was born in
Pendleton district. South Carolina, in 1817, and was
reared to maturity in Marengo county, Alabama, where
his marriage was solemnized. In 1846 he removed with
his family to Mississippi, where he became overseer on
3. large plantation. Finally he determined to come to
the new state of Texas, and he set forth with teams and
wagons, by means of which he transported his family
and a limited supply of household effects. En route he
stopped at Shreveport, Louisiana, as he found what
promised to be profitable employment in connection with
the grading of the new westward line of the Texas &
Pacific Eailroad. He utilized his teams in connection
with the construction work and also lent a considerable
«um of money to the contractors by whom he was em-
ployed. After several weeks of service he found that
his confiderice had been greatly abused, as he not only
failed to receive compensation for his work but also lost
the money which he had advanced to his employers.
Literally a poorer but wiser man, he proceeded on his
way to Texas, and with the limited remaining funds in
his possession he purchased a small tract of land on
the east fork of the Trinity river, this embryonic home
having been on the bleak prairie and remote from civili-
■jation, Indians being the nearest neighbors. Mr. Lewis

criaiming uis land and
il> , and he labored with
■lie while Ee endured
l.'utal to pioneer life
- iii.ileil southwest of the
y, Kaufman county, and
ntil he went forth in de-
federacy, his life having
; cause. He entered the
son, John M.,

bravely faced the of
providing a home fni ],\- fiii
all of energy and 'Iri ;
Tils full share of thi' li.) ! ! i
-on the frontier. His t.nn, -,i:<-
preseut thrivin;; fnwii nf i'oi'ii
there lie .■niitinne.l liis labors i
fense oi' tlie ■■aii-e nf the Coi
"been viitually burrifii-ed in this
Confederate service in company
•subject of this review, and took part in the early engage-
ment? of the contending forces in southern Missouri and
northern Arkansas, including the battle of Elkhorn.
After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to
his home, but later he re-enlisted and again went to
Arkansas, where he was in service at the time he was
strirki'ii ivith the disease that terminated his life, at
Little l;.Mk. ill l^iU. He was a man of invincible in-
tegrity in all till' relations of life and lived up to the
oppnrtiiiiities that eame to him as one of the world's
workers, both he and his wife having been members of
the Methodist church. His first wife, whose maiden
name was Margaret Mclntyre, was a daughter of John
Mclntyre, of Marengo county, Alabama, and she was
■summoned to the life eternal in 1855. Of the children
of this union it may be recorded that Elizabeth died,

unmarried, when a young woman; John M. is the imme-
diate subject of this sketch; Susan became the wife of
Genrr.e Daushertv and was a resident of Texas at the
time ,,r liei ileaili, llavless W. died in childhood; Pink-
uey (1. ir^el.v 111 iMiiiey. Texas; Esther was a child at
the tiiie III her ileath; Christopher C. resides at Seago-
ville, Dallas county, Texas; and WiUiam Edward died
when a boy.

Madison Earle Lewis, grandfather of him whose name
introduces this article, was born in South Carolina, in
1789, and he became a prosperous farmer in Alabama,
where he also held a contract for the carrying of the
United States mail by a stage route. He was com-
paratively a young man at the time of his death. He
wedded Mary Griffin, and of their children John G. was
the eldest. The second son bore the name of Major,
and the other children were Joseph, Sarah and Nancy,
the elder daughter having become the wife of a man
named Modawell and Nancy having become the wife of
Abraham S. Nail, who was a resident of Mississippi at
the time of his death. Major John Lewis, father of
Madison Earle Lewis, was a member of a staunch old
Virginia family and was born about the middle of the
eighteenth century. He was a patriot-soldier in the
War of the Eevolution, in which he served as a member
of the Virginia company commanded by Captain Weeks,

the batt


of Monmouth, Brandy-
Ijesides the capture
peaiue a citizen of
rfovil riiiintv. North

Cariiliiia. \Uiere he was a Ineler in |iii| affairs and
where he ser\eil as nniiilv slieiilf. twii i.f his brothers
having simultaneously held county oliiee. He finally re-
moved to Pendleton district, South Carolina, where he
passed the residue of his life. Major Lewis married
Annie Earle, who was born in 1763, and they became
the parents of several children. Major Lewis was a son
of John and Saraff (Taliaferro) Lewis, both natives of
Virginia and representatives of old and honored Colo-
nial families of that historic commonwealth.

John M. Lewis, to whom this sketch is dedicated,
passed his childhood days in his native state and there
received his rudimentary education. He was fourteen

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