I recently came into a letter or biography of Jackson Davis Meers and his wife Mary Lovisa (Baker) McAlister that I would like to share with any relatives.The first part is by Mary and the second part by Jackson.It apapears as if the article was written in the early 1900s and was probly dictated to a writer as all of the writing is in the same hand writing.I had trouble reading parts of it but the rest is as follows:
"My mother Nannie Alice Tipps was born Nashville Tennessee came with her people Texas at the age of 12 in 1841 later married William McAlister at the age of 15 yrs.stayed together 7 yrs or until the dath of her husband to them was born one child Peter McAlister.In her later years she married(my father) Wilson Baker as for the Baker side of my family, its very little I know about them.Grandfather Baker reared a family at Montgomery AlabamaThe boys after being grown had an -nzitie or (Texas fever) to see Texas then to St. Augustine Texas from there over for ---- a few years.They got an eye full my father Wilson W. Baker was married to Miss Mary Carnes.They reared one child later years the mother died.Father then married my mother Nannie Alice McAlister Moved to Gonzales Texas here he owned land was engaged in Mercantile business until he died at the age of 52 years.He was one of the men whome was working with Croffared surveying out the state of Texas To them were born 5 children, Billie, Leavi And Sallie, Mary, and Lola.Mary was born in London Rusk County Texas Oct 26, 1860 moved with my parents to Gonzales Texas in 1861 after fathers death the family moved to -uster City, Hamilton County Texas.There I married to W.H. Hughes (?) years of 1875. lived together 3 years. To us was born one child, Robert Willson Hughes. After living as a widow for 8 years I married Jackson D Meers near Llano County Tex.To us were born 5 Children, Susan Alice, James McAlister, Mary Belle, Lela Adelle and Leonard Jackson. We left the lone star state in 1902 and went to the Indian Territory now the state of Oklahoma. As for fathers relations we don’t know but very little about them."
Fathers Grandparents came from the state of Georgia and Tennessee.His Grand Father Meers settled at Clarksville Johnson County Arkansas.There was several children Born to this union.One Jerry Field Meers My father (J. F. Meers) was married to Susan Willas and raised a family of 8 children.I was born near Clarksville on July 10th 1862. 8 years later we moved to Texas in 1870 ,boughta farm settled in south of Georgetown-Father died in 1811(probably 71)at the age of 47 years-We left the old home place, moved to Llano CountyLater years, Was Married to Mary L. Hughes in 1887.As far the relatives in Austin,I don't know anything about them They were just cousins. My school days were limited as ----- ma in support to work for the family.I farmed and raised stock and at odd times worked for other people mostly breaking wild horses and working on cattle ranches.I helped to brand and start the last herd of cattle up the old Chisom Trail from that part of the country, Llano County.I was the Kirtson and Wateson spread in year of 188? (looks like 3).