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Biographical Appendix



S. P. Rayburn was born in Iron County, October 23, 1858, and is the son of Samuel A. and Margaret Jane (Robinson) Rayburn.   The father was born in Belleview, as was also the mother.  Here they were married and here they reared their family.  Their parents on both sides were natives of Virginia, and Grandfather Robinson was a soldier in the War of 1812.  Of their family of six children, three are now living: S. P., Bettie and Margaret Jane. The father died May 1, 1883, at the age of sixty-three, having spent his entire life in this county and served the public as sheriff for four years, in what was then Washington County.  He was a man highly esteemed by his countrymen, had led a life of usefulness, and had devoted much time to perfecting the present free school system being a strong advocate of a thorough education.  He had followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and was a good farmer.   The mother is still living and is sixty-seven years of age.   Their son, S. P. Rayburn, was married in 1881 to Miss Sallie Wyatt, of Iron County, to this union were born three children, all now living: Essie B., Mary and William A., who was named after his grandfather.   Mr. Rayburn is a young man and is held in high esteem by the people of Iron County.  In 1886 he was elected assessor over two competitors, and is at present a candidate for the same position.   He is a blacksmith by trade but on account of his health was obliged to abandon this, and has since given his attention to farming.  He owns 100 acres of land, eighty under cultivation.   He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.