Lancaster

JOHN DICKSON Farmed Bear Creek Area

4 October 2018

John A. Dickson (1863-1929) brought his family from Mississippi to Dallas County in 1894, where he rented land and continued farming. Ten years before, on January 31, 1884, he had married Annie America Davis. To this marriage was born: William T in 1885; Vollie Lucille in 1888; Lorena Tina in 1891 and Neva Elizabeth in […]

CAPT. PARKS RECALLS PLEASANT RUN

4 September 2018

“There were few settlers in this part of the county when I was born on Ten Mile Creek, six miles west of Lancaster, Dec. 29, 1853, though, that was before Lancaster was started,” said Capt. C. C. Parks. “My father, Curtis Parks, had moved from Elliottsville, Ind., to Texas toward the end of the ’40s; […]

PAT GARRET, Famous Lancaster Lawman

5 July 2018

AMONG DALLAS COUNTY communities better known for their peaceful ways and well-ordered society is Lancaster, long a model of law and order. In the earliest days of its settlement, though, life in Lancaster was fairly rough and tumble. The open saloon—six of them, as a matter of fact—held sway there until well toward the end […]

JAMES P. GOODNIGHT, Lisbon Pioneer

28 June 2018

James Paris Goodnight (1831-1885) and Mary Ann Hill (1835-1900) were married on September 21, 1854 in Franklin, Kentucky. Early in October, 1854, they left for Dallas County, Texas. They traveled for six weeks with a party of several families, using horse-drawn wagons to transport themselves and their household goods. They settled on a farm in […]

JAMES BARKER, ELIZABETH HUNTER LOWREY

14 April 2018

James Barker Lowrey, a son of Mark Lowrey and Margaret Barger, was born September 17, 1823, at Sparta, Tennessee, in White County. He married Elizabeth Hunter on November 25, 1845. She was also a resident of White County, the daughter of Dudley and Henrietta Hunter. She was a grand-niece of Daniel Boone. Both families had […]

JOHN and POLLY PARKS RAWLINS, Early Pioneers

17 March 2018

My great-grandfather, John Martin Rawlins, was born at Roodhouse, Greene County, Illinois on July 24, 1825 to William Rawlins, a blacksmith, and his wife, Euphamia Martin, a housewife. He lived in the Greene County area until the fall of 1845 when he started to Texas. He arrived in late December of 1845 and in January […]

TEXANA CHRISTIAN & TOM PARKS

4 March 2018

Tom Parks was born Thomas Jefferson Parks in 1849 on the Texas frontier, three years after Texas was admitted to the United States, and Dallas was incorporated as a town when he was three years old. He was the tenth of eleven children born to Amelia Sharp and Curtis Parks. Several of his siblings stayed […]

JAMES PARIS GOODNIGHT, Sr.

19 February 2018

James P. Goodnight was a farmer and state legislator. He was born on November 21, 1831 and native of Allen County, Kentucky. He was the son of Henry and Jane (Billingsly) Goodnight. He grew up on the family farm and received a strong academic education. Goodnight married Mary A. Hill on September 21, 1854. Two […]

TUCKER-SHERRARD GUN FACTORY, Lancaster TX

18 February 2018

During the Civil War, the Tucker-Sherrard Company of Lancaster, in Dallas County, contracted with the State of Texas to manufacture 3,000 “Texas Dragoon Revolver’ copies of Colt revolvers at $40 each-1,500 would be .44 Army caliber Dragoon revolvers, and 1,500 would be .36 caliber Navy revolvers; all built on frames copied from Colt Dragoon revolvers. […]

STEEL DUST BEAT MONMOUTH, 1853 Race

9 February 2018

One of the rare historical markers to be found anywhere in the nation commemorating a racehorse will shortly (1977) grace the public square of Lancaster.  Lancaster is the largest of the country towns in the southern half of Dallas County. The marker will pay tribute to Steel Dust, the famous bay stallion quarter horse.  The […]

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 […]

WILLIAM LEONARD SMITH & FAMILY, Lancaster, Texas

13 January 2018

Adventures of Lancaster, Texas Native:  William Leonard Smith was born in Lancaster on March 1, 1874 to Mary Frances “Molly” Winniford and Thomas A. Smith, both Texas natives. Molly was the daughter of Rebecca Goodloe Douglas and Norvell Robertson Winniford, Dallas pioneer and county sheriff 1867-1870. William Leonard had at least one sibling, a sister […]