Family Histories

JAMES G. HARDIN, Circuit Rider

3 October 2019

JAMES G. HARDIN was minister of Dallas’ first known Methodist Church. If you grew up in Dallas, then here is a snippet of local history you probably never knew about. Hardin appears to have arrived at Dallas as a circuit riding preacher before becoming the first Methodist minister in Dallas. In January 1847, the Reverend […]


28 September 2019

Capt. John Milton McCoy (1838-1922), first city attorney of Dallas, son of Lewis and Rebecca (Hester) McCoy, was born on a farm near Sellersburg, Indiana, on August 29, 1835. His parents were devout Baptists. He received the B.A., M.A., and LL.D. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. After the death of his first wife, Laura […]


18 February 2019

Anna Minerva Kimmel was the first bride to be married in Dallas County. She and Crawford Trees applied for a license to wed on July 20, 1846; vows were exchanged and the marriage recorded on July 22. They were two of only 350 people who inhabited the area when Texas, which itself had been admitted […]


17 February 2019

From Vienna, Austria to Meade County, Kentucky immigrated the family of William Andreas (Andrew) Ànderhub. He was an organ maker and creator of fine rifles in Vienna. With him and his wife, nee Susannah Hefner, came their children to this foreign country. They were Anna who married Joe Anderson, Andrew, Beverly who married John Parr, […]

JESSE R. KIRBY, Wylie Area Pioneer

11 February 2019

Jesse Randolph Kirby may well be remembered for his fashionable home that once amazed Wylieites as they passed by its manicured lawn in their little horse drawn buggy on the way to Sunday morning church service. The impressive structure originally stood at Birmingham and Kirby Street back in 1930. The house was moved to Jackson […]

NORMA SEALS Remembers Ernest Tubb

20 January 2019

Norma Maye Hamilton Seals says that she grew up in Wylie, Texas. Her father was William L. Hamilton. “It was a small town where we knew practically everyone in town, Norma says.” She graduated Wylie High School around 1950 before she was wooed and wed by Howard Thurman Bentley. Mrs. Seals says she is retired […]

J. B. MINNIS, Early Circuit Rider

9 January 2019

One early Pleasant Valley (Sachse, Dallas County TX) area settler was a preacher man that ran a mule powered cotton gin to supplement his income. J. B. Minnis settled here in the 1870’s. He had even invented a sucking machine for unloading cotton, and was offered $30,000 for the invention (about $7500, 000 today). He […]


9 January 2019

Details of the Hogge and Herring date back to early pioneer days.  From a home, high on a hill overcooking Dallas and Collin County, the Daniel Herring family could clearly see the surrounding area in any direction. Daniel came to Collin County in 1848 from Illinois with his wife, family and mother. It is interesting […]

JERAMIAH SHERWOOD, McCormick Reaper Dealer

26 December 2018

According to John H. Cochran, pioneer and early civic leader in Dallas County, Texas, here is an account of the McCormick reaper. The earlier pioneers had to use primitive methods to make meal for bread, some had steel mills, others had to resort to mortars and pestle. They had to cut their wheat and cradle […]


26 December 2018

Ola Mae Ross was the sister of my grandmother, Mary Eula Ross. She and Elmer lived in the same neighborhood near the Dallas, Collin and Rockwall County line before they married on October 12, 1918.  Raymond Andrew Cross was born in Gordon, Texas on June 18, 1900. Raymond married Ola Mae Ross of the Liberty […]


21 December 2018

Jacob and Anna Hinterman Buhrer left Ellenboro, West Virginia, their first home in America, to come to Dallas in the summer of 1879, bringing their first child, Lena, with them. Jacob’s sister, Anna, came also. In 1879 she married a young Swiss dairyman, Christian Moser, who was already established in the community. By October, 1880, […]


17 December 2018

GREAT GRANDSON RECALS EARLY PIONEER Of IRVING In 1855 Jonathon Story brought his family to what is now the Irving area. He was about thirty and had a wife, the former Sophronia Hunsaker, and three children. About twelve brothers and sisters also came this way, as did his father, Marmaduke, born in Delaware in 1800. […]


15 December 2018

On November 20, 1892 at Judsonia, Arkansas James W. “Jim” Russell wed Lelia O. Edens. Jim was born on what is now North Ballard at Wylie, Texas in the year of 1867 at the log house of his parents, James Vaughn and Nancy Jane Harper Russell. Jim and his brothers attended the old Nickleville College, […]

GIN DELIVERS Rowlett’s Electricity

6 December 2018

The first pioneer settlers in the Rowlett area used candles or flames from the fireplace as a light source. They were frequently off to bed right after sundown, up at daybreak and rarely used candles since they were considered a precious commodity.  They had not even heard of electricity. Kerosene lamps were later introduced and […]


5 December 2018

Complete harmony reigned in the home of Alverga Clarence “Kid” Moore and his wife, the former Effie Willis. Theirs was a home where Christ came first and family next. Friends were always welcome at 101 South Second and later at 311 South Fourth Street in Wylie, Texas. A.C. Moore was born in Wylie October 1, […]

Dr. R. H. LASATER, Lawson Community

1 December 2018

The store in Lawson community was named for early settler, Sam Haught, was affectionately called “Slapfoot” by local residents. This community was officially named Lawson when a post office was established. Henry W. Lawson, born 1862 in Alabama, purchased the Haught’s Store in 1897, and became postmaster of this community a few years later upon […]

WILLINGHAM, William & Elizabeth Family

30 November 2018

I remembered Mama Willingham. I remember her laughter and her zest for life and her love of God, family and friends. I remember the tales she told me of her life as a tomboy in Airmont, Mississippi and her move to Collin County as a young lady via train. I remember the day she became […]


5 November 2018

According to Beb Fulkerson, “For several years it was my privilege to work for Truett Smith at the Wylie News, which was owned and operated by him.   A staunch Democrat, he once asked me who I was voting for as Governor. I blurted out, “The first one who asks me personally.” Shortly thereafter, he […]

W. J. SCANLAN Built Baylor Dental College

3 November 2018

WILLIAM JAMES SCANLAN, 1877 – 1947   Born in Painesville, Ohio on February 5, 1877, William James was the son of James and Mary Masterson Scanlan.  James was a builder in Dallas who constructed the old Baylor Dental College in 1886, among other works of art. When the building was demolished, two of his children […]

EUGENE MARSHALL, Recalls Early Street

30 October 2018

“On July 23, 1864, the ship Bellone, that had set sail from Antwerp, Belgium docked in the Boston Harbor. On the ship was a 21-year-old, registered as a farmer from Hanover, Germany. His name was Carl Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Miltner, born in Celle, Germany. Fritz was my great-grandfather,” according to Eugene Marshall. “Fritz accepted a […]