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Kimble County, TX - Biographies, The Andrew Allsup Family
Wednesday, April 19, 2000  Submitted by:  burtwyat@ctesc.net  (Frederica Wyatt)
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The Junction Eagle, Thursday, June 10, 1976, Page 7, Sec. 4   (with permission of publisher)                           
The Andrew Allsup Family  Andrew Allsup and his wife, Margaret, moved their family to Kimble County in 1902, settling on the South Llano River.  Andrew was the son of Henry Pulliam Allsup and Edditha Moore Allsup of Hickory County, Missouri.  Margaret's parents were Britton C. Vest and Sinnia Cates Vest of Llano County, Texas.  Andrew and Margaret were married in 1894 at Valley Spring, Texas, and homesteaded in Menardand Edwards Counties before settling in Kimble County, where they lived the remainder of their lives.  Their post office in Menard County was Capitola, near the historic old blockhouse,and their home in Edwards County was about thirty miles from Rocksprings on Dry Devil's River.  Andrew built many of the rock tanks still in use in Edwards County.  After moving to Kimble, Andrew was employed at the Four Mile Dam, first helping to build the structure, and later as caretaker.  Evidence of the lime kiln he built on Crisp Hollow is still visible.  For most of his life, however, he was a rancher.  Andrew and Margaret were parents of ten children, including two sets of twins:  Marion Edgar and Mary Eddith, who married Isaac Farris; and Rufus and Ruth, who married William Cunningham. The other children included Bessie, who married John Matt Burt, Jr.; Britton, who married Lillian Randolph Bradford; Boone; Tom, who married (1) Viola Thomas (2) Emma Fleming; Robert,who married Louise Dean; and H. C. (Lum), who married Juanita Neff.  Family members now living are Eddith, Bessie, Tom, Robert, and Lum.  Andrew Allsup (1860-1937) and Margaret (1870-1958), and several of their children and grandchildren are buried in theWooten Cemetery southwest of Junction.
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Written by Frederica Burt Wyatt, granddaughter.

Kimble County, TX - Biographies:  Amberson, R. T.
Thursday, August 24, 2000  Submitted by:  burtwyat@ctesc.net  (Frederica Wyatt)
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The Junction Eagle, 1931  Used with permission
Biographical Sketch of Life of Late Mr. R. T. Amberson (Written by G. Lewis, Special Correspondent) 
Another of the great unsung pioneer heroes of the expansive southwest was withdrawn from our midst when Mr. R. T. (Uncle Tol) Amberson of London died at his home at London recently.  Uncle Tol, as he was called by everyone, was born in San Antonio on August 15, 1852, but his home during his early life was spent in Clinton, De Witt County, Texas.  In1883 he moved to Frio County near Pearsall where he lived three years, moving to Kimble County in 1886.  He immediately went to San Angelo for one year but returned to London in 1887 where he resided continuously until his death on January 3, 1931.  Mr. Amberson was married to Miss Georgia Wilson on November 6, 1877 and from this union seven children were born, four girls and three boys.  They are: Mrs. E. R. Chandler, London; Mrs. Mary Cummins, Grand Falls, Texas; Mr. William Amberson, deceased; Mrs. Addie Spruell, Phoenix, Arizona; Mr. R. R. Amberson, London; Ethel, deceased; Mr. Tom Amberson, London.  His good wife survives him.  Mr. Amberson served as commissioner of the London precinct for a number of years, and also served as Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Corder.  He is credited with erecting the first cotton gin put up in the London country, and operated this gin for a period of thirty years.  He was connected with other businesses during his residence in London.  He was at all times interested in the livestock industry, raising cattle, sheep and goats.  He was a loyal citizen, loyal to his community, to his county, to the state and country.  Having been initiated by the Junction Lodge 547 on April 11, 1891, he served honorably as a Mason for a period of 40 years.  Uniting with the Baptist Church many years ago, he lived a consistent Christian life to his death.  In 1874 he went up the trail with Cal Suggs, a cattleman of southwest Texas, takinga herd of cattle to Kansas City, Mo.  On this trip the outfit was attacked by Indiansnear Brownwood, in which attack Mr. Amberson received a shot through the left arm from the savages.  Being naturally left-handed, Mr. Amberson had to continue fighting, using his right arm to stead his left during the remainder of the battle and completely routed the Indians, and pursued them so closely that they were forced to abandon much of their equipment, which the cowboys gathered up and saved for souvenirs.  Pages could be written describing the great character and works of R. T. Amberson, and others like him who have been instrumental in changing this once wild country into a peaceful habitation for us who remain.  In closing I suggest it would be only a fitting tribute paid if we would raise a monument to the memory of the old timers of this county, and inscribe their names upon it.  I would want Uncle Tol Amberson's name written high on the list
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Kimble County, TX - Biographies, The John Matt Burt Family
Wednesday, April 19, 2000 Submitted by;  burtwyat@ctesc.net  (Frederica Wyatt)
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The Junction Eagle, Thursday, June 10, 1976, Page 7, Sec. 4  (with permission of publisher)                             
The John Matt Burt Family  In the early 1880's, two brothers, Dr. James Warren Burt and Dr. John Matt Burt, moved toKimble County.  They were natives of Sevier County, Arkansas, but had lived in Franklin County, Arkansas, several years before their move to Texas, where they first settled in Burnet County.  Dr. James Warren Burt, accompanied by his wife, Charlaotte and two sons, John Fred and Ernest Matt, moved to Junction, where he was a prominet physician until his death in 1913.  Dr. John Matt Burt (1853-1925) settled in London.  A registered pharmacist, he operated a drug store and was a "traveling" dentist for many years.  On January 30, 1886, he married a young widow, Maehulda Pearl Ake (1854-1942), daughter of John A. and Charlotte Pearl.  Maehulda's children from her first marriage were Amos, Jack, and Zoe, who married Jack McCaleb.  The John M. Burts were parents of two sons, John Matt, Jr. and James Warren, who died in 1891.  John Matt Burt, Jr. (1887-1953) served in the Navy prior to World War I and sailed around the world with the Great White Fleet.  He married Bessie Lee Allsup, daughter of Andrew and Margaret Allsup, and they had five children:  Andrew Matt, Fane Lee, Margaret Maehulda (Gaver), Frederica Charlotte (Wyatt), and Britton A.  The Burt brothers who came to Kimble were sons of Dr. John Smith Burt and Helen McElroy Burt. Their grandfather was Hewitt Burt, who served in the War of 1812 and was a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Arkansas.  His father, John, was a member of the House of Burgesses in Virginia and served in the Revolutionary War.
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Written by Frederica Burt Wyatt, daughter.
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