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The senior member of one of the prominent firms of that county. The family originally came from Kentucky, but immediately from Arkansas, to Texas. The grandfather was born in Kentucky, and was a farmer, the father, Edward Porter Kearby, was born and reared in Kentucky, and was educated for a physician, but afterwards practiced law. He came to Texas in 1857. His wife's maiden name was Mary Peyton, of Tennessee, and they were married in 1844 or 45. They are both dead now, they had three children. December 3, 1848, J. G. was born in Hot Springs County, Ark., but they came to Texas and he was educated here. He began the practice of law in 1871, and has continued in that profession until now. He has been honored with the office of State Senator, two terms, from his home district, beginning 1891. November 12, 1872, he married Miss Ella M. Neal. Judge Kearby came to the county thirty-three years ago from Denton county, Texas, and the family moved from Arkansas to Texas in 1867. He was a man of wide observation and considerable travel, especially in Texas, and his faith in Van Zandt county has never been shaken, and grows stronger with each passing year. He is a member of the Methodist church, is a Mason, K. of H., and W. O. W. Judge Kearby's father was regimental surgeon in the Confederate service, in the regiment of Colnel D. Moss. Judge Kearby himself is a man of commanding appearance, is affable in his manners, broad in his conceptions and is every inch a gentleman.