SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 375-376.
John M. Hefley, president of the First National Bank of Cameron, merchant and in many ways connected with the business interest and history of Cameron and Milam county, is a son of William V. Hefley, a personal sketch of whom appears else in this volume, to which reference is here made for the facts, relating to this ancestral history of the subject of this notice.
John M. Hefley was born in Henderson county, Tennessee, October 17, 1845. He was in his tenth year when his parents came to Texas and settled in Milam county. His boyhood, until he was seventeen, was passed on his fatherís farm near Cameron. At that age, May 1862, he entered the Confederate army, enlisting in Company B, Brownís independent regiment of cavalry, with which he served as a private, mostly along the gulf coast of this State, until the close of the war. Returning home after the surrender, he attended school for a year at Salado, Bell county, and then went to work on the farm, where he remained until 1868, at which date he engaged in the mercantile business in Cameron. He is thus one of the oldest merchants now in business in this place, as he has, at all times, been one of the most prosperous. His line is hardware and farming implements, and he controls a trade reaching to a considerable distance in all directions. In August 1889, in connection with a number of other gentlemen of Cameron, Mr. Hefley organized the First Nation Bank of this place, of which he was elected president at a later date, which position he now holds. He is also president of the Trinity, Cameron & Western Railroad Company, recently organized, which has for its object the construction of a line from east Texas through central and west Texas, and gives promise of considerable in the way of increased transportation facilities to this section of the State. Besides these interest Mr. Hefley, has extensive real-estate holdings, both in this and other counties, which are yearly growing in value with the settlement and development of the country. His is one of Cameronís solid men of business and progressive, public spirited citizens, who interests himself in what interests his town and county, and who contributes liberally of his time, money and personal effort to all enterprises tending to stimulate the industry and promote the welfare of the community and section in which he lives. A democrat in whom there is "no variableness nor shadow of turning," he takes that interest in political affairs that every good citizen is expected to take, voting with his party on all political measures but giving more attention to the administration of town and county affairs than to the affairs of State or nation, believing that on the successful management of these all prosperity, private as well as public, depends.
Mr. Hefley has been twice married, having had the misfortune to lose his first wife [Mary Nichols]not long after marriage, she dying childless. He married the second time February 22, 1882, the lady being Miss Mary E. Bradshaw, a daughter of the Rev. J. N. Bradshaw, of Georgia, a minister of the Presbyterian Church and an educator of considerable repute in his State. Mrs. Hefley was born and reared in Tennessee, and is a niece of John C. and Neal S. Brown, former Governors of that State. She was educated in the schools of Georgia, and is a lady of intelligence and refinement. To this union have been born one child, Bessie Clare Hefley.
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