Pioneers of Ellis County
I. F. Gideon
Source: Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, Texas. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1892
I. F. Gideon was born in [Cherokee County?] Texas, April 21, 1884, a son of Judge L. H. Gideon, an early settler of this State. L. H. Gideon was a large land owner, and an early merchant of Milford, being in business there in 1858. He sold his store a short time before the War and acquired a mill, doing milling for the soldiers' families. After War's end, he turned to farming, and died in 1879 on his homestead.
While living in Cherokee County [Texas] he served as the first County Judge, a position he filled with distinction and credit. He married Miss Sarah A. McFadden, (daughter of William McFadden, a native of Virginia, who died in Mississippi).
They had eight children, William A., (deaf and dumb, married a mute); Almira E., (m. V. E. Berdine, lived Brazoria County, Texas); Joseph P., ( miner in California); Van W., ( farmer of Henderson County [Texas]; Lelia A., (m/1 Samuel Craig; m/2 J. P. Weathers, Ellis County farmer); Agnes C., (m. W. J. Lemmons, a Methodist minister Hubbard City); and Mary B., (m. T. O. Wells, farmer Ellis County)
I. F. Gideon was ten years old when the family moved to Ellis County and was fortunate to receive a good education. When only 17, he enlisted in the CSA, serving under several commanding officers ( Capt. Frost, Captain Homesley, Captain Prince, Colonel McCulloch, and Colonel Buchel) . The first year he served on the frontier of Texas, and afterward on the coast of Texas and Louisiana. He was in several battles; including Bank's raid on Red River, and was at Brownsville, Texas, when the War ended.
Returning home, Gideon worked as a freighter for two years and in 1883 bought a cotton gin, which he has continued to operate. He received fifty acres of land from his father, subsequentlhy buying out the heirs, and now owns the entire homestead - 800 acres - 230 of which are cultivated by tenants.
Gideon never married and lives with his mother, now sixty-nine years of age. Both parents were members of the Methodist Church.
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