ROBERT T. BURNAM
subject of our sketch was born November 9, 1826, at the little
settlement of Matagorda, in the county of the same name, in Texas and
while he was yet quite a small boy his parents moved to Fayette county,
where he resided till the "runaway" in '36.
They followed Houston's army in the retreat before the Mexicans. After the battle of San Jacinto they returned home, where they found everything utterly destroyed. Mr. Burnam lived there till '52, when he moved to Burnet County and settled about four miles south of Marble Falls, where he lived up to two years ago, when he moved to town to spend the last days of his life.
When Father Burnam
came to Burnet county the country was so thinly settled that his
nearest postoffice was Fredericksburg. Once every month some of
the settlers would go for the mail, and from his ranch house it would
be distributed, but a few years later, in 1857, a postoffice was
created at Double Horn, thereby giving them better mail facilities.
In the family
circle is still kept and very much prized by all, his old leather trunk
and dozens of old letters, some of which date back many years prior to
the civil war, and some of them bear the old confederate postage stamps
was the seventh child of a family of eight boys and eight girls, and it
is remarkable he has been the only child living for the past
twenty-seven years. When quite young he fell a victim to a severe
spell of fever that left him a cripple for life, but with this one
exception he had no recollection of ever being sick a single day in his
life till his 71st birthday, when he had his meals brought to his
bed. Two weeks previous to his 73d birthday he was taken sick,
and on November 13 of the present year passed from time to eternity.