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Frank W. R. Hubert

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 681-683.

Frank W. R. Hubert, farmer of Milam county, son on Ben and Anna (Simpson) Hubert, is a native of Mobile, Alabama, born on the 17th day of September, 1847. His father was born in Mississippi, where he was reared and educated, being a son of David Hubert, a wealthy and influential planter of that State early in this century. David Hubert was of English descent, and born in Delaware, as was also his father Paul Hubert. He served in the American Revolution, and subsequently settled in Mississippi, where he devoted his last years to agriculture, which he carried on extensively with slave labor in the style of ante bellum days.

The father of the subject of this notice came to Texas about 1836, being then a young man, and settled at Galveston, where he was engaged for a number of years in the mercantile business, in which he met with marked success. Later he moved to old Beoneville, then the county seat of Brazos county, where, until his death in 1867. He was engaged in the real-estate business. He was quite successful in all his undertakings; was a public-spirited, patriotic citizen, and a potent political factor in central Texas thirty to forty years ago. He served as a volunteer in the Confederate army during the late war, held a number of local positions in Galveston and Brazos counties, and died in the enjoyment of the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In early life he belonged, in politics, to the American, or "Know-Nothing" party, but in later years went with the Democrats. He was a radical secessionist, although opposed to slavery. Having been reared in the belief of the doctrine of the "States' rights," he remained "unreconstructed" in his views until his death. He was a great friend and admirer of General Houston, who was a frequent guest at his house. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity, and, while never making any open profession of religion, he was a believer in churches and in the salutary influences of church people. He leaned toward the Methodists in sectarian belief.

Anna (Simpson) Hubert, the mother of the subject of this notice, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in which State her people settled in Colonial times, being originally from Scotland. She is a daughter of Walter Simpson, who was a native of Maryland. She is still living, residing now in Rockdale, where she makes her home, and is ever ready to welcome her children, grandchildren and friends.

Of the ten children of Ben and Anna (Simpson) Hubert but five are now living. The full list is as follows: Ben Hubert, who died at Bryan in 1869; John C. Hubert, who died at Paris in 1890; David Hubert, who died when young; Frank W. R. Hubert, of this notice; Walter Hubert, who died at Dallas in 1887; Charles C. Hubert, who is a stock-raiser residing at Lampasas; Hester Hubert and Annie Hubert (twins), the former the deceased wife of Judge John N. Henderson, of Bryan, and the latter the wife of Judge J. S. Perry, of Rockdale; Florence Hubert, the wife of Solon Joynes, of Rockdale; and Mary Hubert, the wife of John S. Bonner, of Tyler.

Frank W. R. Hubert was born at Mobile, Alabama, during a visit of his parents to relatives in that State, their home being at Booneville, this State. He was reared in Texas and received his education in the schools of Brazos county, where he grew up. He assisted his father in his real-estate business until he was twenty years old, withdrawing from this in 1867 on account of ill health and going on a farm which he purchased in the Brazos bottoms, where he remained engaged in farming until 1874. At that date he located at Rockdale, where he embarked in the mercantile business, which he followed there for two years. He then married, and, having purchased the farm on which he now lives, he moved to it, where his time has since been passed pleasantly and profitably in agricultural pursuits, for which he has always had great taste. He has a farm of 250 acres, 150 acres of which is in cultivation and well stocked. His agricultural hobby, if he has one, is for fine fruit, Jersey cattle, pea fowls, and game chickens.

Mr. Hubert is not one of those men who exhibits an undue desire to become land-rich or to accumulate property at the sacrifice of the natural demand of the mind and body. His motto has always been "to live and let live," and by this he means to live rationally. He is making proper provision for the comfort and pleasures of those about him, but he believes that a legacy of a honorable name, a fair education with good principles and correct habits are better things for children to begin the battle of life with than great wealth in any form.

He married, as noted, in 1876, taking a companion in the person of Miss Mary M. Sanders; of Milam county, a daughter of Sherrod W. and Minerva Sanders, notice of whom will be found in the sketch of Sherrod F. Sanders, their son, which appears in this work. Mrs. Hubert is a native of Milam county, having been born on the old Sanders homestead near Rockdale, where she was also reared, being married in the house in which her birth occurred.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert have had born to them a family of six children, all of whom are yet at home with their parents: Florence Hubert, Sherrod Hubert, Grace Hubert, Annie Hubert, Ross Hubert and Ralph Hubert, -- all handsome, healthy children, one of them especially, Florence Hubert, a slender, blue-eyed girl of fourteen, with quiet, studious ways, who already gives promise of that great beauty of mind and person for which the ladies of her name are famous. The other little girls, Grace Hubert and Annie Hubert, are bright and intelligent, while the boys, Sherrod Hubert (or "Joncie" as he is called) and Ross Hubert, already give evidence of good business qualities, and take quite an interest in the affairs of the farm. Mr. Hubert allows his children a liberal percentage of the income from the farm, and does not dictate to them how they shall spend their money. This makes them feel a personal interest in the matter.

Mr. Hubert votes with the Democrats, and, while never soliciting office of any kind, he has frequently been chosen to represent his fellow-citizens as a delegate to their county, district and State conventions, and has served as School Trustee ten years in the last twelve. The estimation in which he is held by his neighbors was shown at their last annual election when, of the thirty-nine patrons who voted thirty five supported him for the office of Trustee, being the strongest vote ever received by any one for the office of Midway.

He is not a member of any church organization, but contributes to the different churches in his neighborhood. He has never chewed tobacco and was never drunk in his life, yet is fond of a glass of wine, and a few men are better judges of a cigar than he. He believes in the "pay-as-you-go," and has never sued any one, or been sued for a debt which he had contracted.

Mr. Hubert is a great reader, and is a regular subscriber to no less than twelve papers and magazines. He is one of the most hospitable of men, and those who have met him at his home and felt the pressure of his hand and met the steady glance of his clear, blue eyes, will not soon forget it, particularly the hand-shake, for without doubt he has the most terrific grip in his hand of all men whom the writer has ever met.

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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