JOHN McNAMARA, one of the representative citizens of McLennan county, is a son of Daniel and Bridget (McNamara) McNamara. The father was born in Clare county, Ireland, in 1804 and was a farmer by occupation.
The parents were married in 1837, and reared a family of nine children: Welsh, a resident of Fort Dodge, Iowa; James, of County Clare, Ireland; John, our subject; Bridget, wife of Patrick Flaherty, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Dennis, a resident of Ennis, Texas; Daniel, of Hempstead; Ellen, wife of John Broughton, of Ireland; Michael and Margaret deceased.
The subject of this notice was born in county Clare, Ireland, April 16, 1844 and at the age of twenty-one years he emigrated to this country, landing in New York in October, 1865. A few months later be went on a visit to an uncle in Waco, New York; thence to the oil country in Pennsylvania, where he was engaged in oil and railroad work; next to Fort Dodge, Iowa; afterward to Houston, Texas, where he was engaged in railroading four years, and was the first man to run an engine into Waco on the Texas Central; and thence to his present location, sixteen miles from east Waco. He now owns 575 acres of good land, 130 acres of which is tinder a fine state of cultivation. He came to this county with comparatively nothing, and he is now worth $9,000.
Mr. McNamara was married in Corsicana, January 19, 1875, to Ruth, a daughter of John and Minnie Childress. To this union has been born twelve children, namely: Daniel, deceased; John, Guy, Addis, Emmit Parnell, and the remainder died in infancy. Mr. McNamara affiliates with the Democratic party, and both lie and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.
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