Harrison Attaway was born June 14th, 1848, in Henderson County, Tennessee. He came with his father into the state of Texas in the year 1855 he married Amanda Able in the year 1855. She was the daughter of Z. D. Able, an old-time citizen of Hopkins County, and one of its best men. His wife is a native of Texas, and is proud to be called a native Texan. They are the parents of sixteen children. There are thirteen of this number living. George F. is married and lives within half a mile of where he was born. Elbert D., Mary, H. C., Jacob, Jonathan, Roger, W., Carroll, Paul, Elijah, Martha M., Arminda, Bertha, Jena are all living with their parents.
They are as strong and as healthy a set of children as can be found in Hopkins County. Seven of Mr. Attaway’s children are consistent members of the Christian church at Como, which place is their father’s home. In an early day he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. Subsequently he turned his attention to farming and to the raising of stock. He has by industry and economy accumulated means sufficient to place him in easy and comfortable circumstances. He has ever set a good example before his children. Not one of the large family uses tobacco in any form, and have never been known by their father to have bought one drop of intoxicating liquors, nor have they ever been indicted by the courts for any kind of crime or misdemeanor.
Mr. Attaway realizes the great benefit accruing from a good, practical education, so he is using every effort possible to educate his family and thus prepare them for useful men and women. He and his companion are members of the Baptist church. While he is striving for a respectable existence here on earth, he is not neglecting his soul’s salvation. He is a Prohibitionist, and he practices what he preaches. He is a Mason in good standing, and takes pride in visiting his Lodge. Three of his sons. are enthusiastic members of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Attaway has lived a useful life in Hopkins County. He is happy in his surroundings, loves his neighbors and his friends, fears God and expects to be re-warded in the great by-and-by.