[Mr. R. A. McAllister]
Miss Effie Cowan, P. W.
McLennan County, Texas,
District No. 8
No. of words 2,000
File No. 240
Page No. 1. Reference:
Interview with Mr. R. A. McAllister, [Odds?], Texas.
“I was born in 1865 near the present town of Odds, but at that time was just an open range country. It is located half way between Marlin and Groesbeck, on the road which connects the two towns. My father was Willliam B. McAllister. He was born in South Carolina, a son of Andrew McAllister who came to America from Ireland in the days before the Revolution.
“Father came to Texas in 1853 and located on the strip of land known as Blue Ridge, come eight or ten miles from Marlin, Texas. He lived there a few years and moved to the present Odds community in 1856. Here he married my mother, Mary Erskine, who was a daughter of Hugh and Jane Erskine of this community and who came to Texas with my parents. To my father and mother were born sever children, all of whom lived to reach maturity and had families of their own. There were three boys and four girls, namely: Margaret, who became Mrs. Z. T. Todd of Falls County; Mary Ann, wife of T. H. Hammond; Olive, wife of [.?] J. Walker [of?] Falls County; and Lizzie, wife of J. H Sundy. The boys were Hugh (who moved to the Indian Territory before it became the State of Oklahoma), and myself. All have passed away but my sister, Mrs. Walker and myself.
“My father's family were of the old school Presbyterian denomination, and he belonged to the Blue Ridge and later the [?] Church, was an elder in the Church from the time I can remember. The first church which we attended was the first church organized in Falls County.