he settled in Center, the county seat of Shelby Co., Texas. July 3, 1891, he was converted and joined the Baptist Church, his wife joning at the same time (she, too, was a Methodist). He says that he at once felt that he must preach the gospel of the Master, and he was soon licensed by a Baptist Church, and in a short time was elected missionary of the Shelby County Association, which called for his ordination, after which he at once entered the field. The first year of his ministry was greatly blessed and he baptized forty-three. The next year he was called to several churches and accepted the pastorate of the church at Groveton, the county seat of Trinity Co., Texas. Since then he has had the pastorate of several of the best churches in Texas, and has few superiors, if any, in the Texas ministry. He is now located with his family in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. He has five children, viz., Wayne Augustus, Gaddy, Hall, Renna Kate and Rosa Belle. Wayne Augustus married Miss Augusta Lee Carter July 28, 1904. A son was born to them May 11, 1905, named for the father, wayne Augustus, who is manager and bookkeeper for the Racine Sattey Co., Dallas, Texas.
William H., the youngest child of Cyrus R, and Jane Ann Hearne, is unmarried and living in Waco, Texas, a dry goods clerk, a bright and promising young man.
CASENDANA, daughter of George W. and Milly Hearne, was born on the Yadkin river, in North Carolina, Jan. 31, 1816, married James Porter Rice in Wilson Co., Tenn., May 6, 1832. Their son, Rev. Cyrus R., says:
Mr. Rice was of Welsh descent, coming from a family of Rices who came from Wales and first settled in Massachusetts about 1680. His grandfather, David Rice, moved to Tennessee when it was a wilderness and helped to subdue the forests and wild Indians. He was in the War of 1812, besides following Jackson through his campaigns against the Creek Indians. He married Barbara Hayes in a blockhouse near Nashville. She was a relative of Col. Zack Hayes, and I have heard her tell same trilling stories about early life in Tennessee. In early life he was a blacksmith, but, like many of the Rices, soon studied medicine, and spent most of his life a practicing physician. He was born in Wilson Co., Tenn., Apr. 12, 1811, died in Wayne Co., Mo., Apr., 187!. His wife, Casendana (Hearne) Rice, died near Four Mile, Dunklin Co., Mo., Dec., 1858.
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