Civil War

JAMES, SARAH MOORE GARRISON

15 April 2018

James Benjamin Garrison, grandson of American Revolutionary War soldier James Garrison, was born in Scott County, Illinois on October 10, 1834. He married Sarah Moore in the county seat town of Winchester, Illinois on October 9, 1853. Within a short time of their marriage, the couple left with the Moore family and came to Dallas […]

WILLIAM B. and MARY LANHAM FERGUSON

16 March 2018

William Bransford Ferguson was born in Dover Township, Athens County, Ohio, the son an James Woen (1817-1914) and Maria (Sullivan) Ferguson (born 4 August 1816). James Ferguson had been born in Virginia; his wife, Maria, was born in Ohio where they were married 9 August 1842 in Chauncey, Athens County. William B. (4 May 1817-1 […]

HENRY & SURRELDA JANE YEARY MARKRUM

10 March 2018

Henry H. Markrum and Surrelda Jane Yeary Markrum moved to Dallas County from Virginia in 1871. They settled in the “Motley” community which was located between Mesquite and Scyerie, Mesquite being then merely a train depot. Henry was born December 25, 1843 in Rose Hill, Lee County, Virginia. In 1863 he enlisted in the Confederate […]

W. G. COOPER ATTENDS 1902 CONFEDERATE REUNION at Dallas

3 March 2018

William Gill Cooper, Jr. was born September 19, 1827 in Hinds County, Mississippi. He was the son of William Gill Cooper, Sr. and Dempsey Donaho. William, Sr. was born March 25, 1776 in South Carolina, but later settled near Natchez, Mississippi where he purchased a large plantation. William Gill Cooper, Jr. lived with his parents […]

BELLE BOYD, Confederate Spy

21 February 2018

Belle Boyd of Virginia, famous during the Civil War as a girl spy, for the Confederacy, had married an Englishman named (or called) Col. J. S. Hammond and moved to Dallas. On August 4, 1884, the Herald, in an unusually plain written report, told how Col. Hammond (who made an astonishing salary of $3,000 per […]

DALLAS HAD LITTLE PART In CIVIL WAR EFFORTS

13 February 2018

For all its support of the Confederate aims, Dallas had little direct part to play in the Civil War other than sending a good proportion of its male populace to fight. In 1861 an army cantonment was established at what is now the fair grounds, and in 1862 Dallas became headquarters for grain procurement in […]

DAVID CAREY NANCE, 1843-1925

9 February 2018

David Carey Nance was only nine years old when he came to Texas in 1852. He came to help work a farm his father had purchased on the blackland prairies southwest of Dallas. In the following excerpt is from his unpublished recollections, which he wrote in about 1924. He describes his life and labor in […]

OLD SOLDIERS REUNION, Veteran Tells About 1902 Reunion.

20 January 2018

Letter from William Gill Cooper, northeast of Rowlett, Texas, tells about attending the 1902 Old Soldiers Reunion at Dallas Texas. 150,000 Visitors Trooped Into Dallas. Letter from W. G. Cooper of Rowlett: June 1902, to his nephew, Robert A. Cooper at Florence, Miss. Dear Bob, I guess you think I am rather slow in writing […]