Mesquite

WESLEY & ELIZABETH PEARL CURTIS

9 July 2018

Wesley Fletcher Curtis and his wife, Elizabeth Pearl, arrived with some of their family in Dallas County in 1873. As indicated by a deed, they purchased two-and-one-half acres in the Lagow Survey in east Dallas and built a house. Two years later they moved to the area now in north Mesquite where they settled first on the […]

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 […]

HARTWELL BOLIN COX, Fourteen Children

30 March 2018

Hartwell Bolin Cox was born January 22, 1840 in Illinois. His father, William Bolin Cox came from near Springfield, Illinois. Anna Hunnicutt, his mother, who came from South Carolina, married William Cox, July 27, 1820 in Madison County, Illinois. In the 1830 Green County, Illinois census, William and Anna had three children under ten years […]

ROBERT P. BETHURUM, Scyene Texas

30 March 2018

There has been a great deal of controversy concerning the Bethurum name and its national origin. Some branches of the family believe that they are descendants of the French Huguenots who fled France during religious persecutions. They believe the original spelling of the name was Bethune, taken from a town in France where they lived. […]

ANDREW J. PORTER Family, Mesquite TX

27 March 2018

Andrew Jackson Porter, adventurer, veteran, pioneer and family man, came to Dallas County in 1876 and settled with his extended family in the Mesquite area. Porter was born in Fayette County, Indiana, on 25 December 1820, one of seven children born to Silas, 1781-1852, and Nancy (Buchanan) Porter, born 1786. The elder Porters were married […]

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 […]

BELLE STARR, 1886

21 February 2018

Monday night, Belle swung her Winchester to her saddle, buckled her revolver around her, and, mounting her horse, set out for her home on the Canadian. Before leaving, she purchased a fine pair of 45-caliber revolvers, latest pattern, with black rubber handles and short barrel, for which she paid $29. She showed them to your […]

GUS THOMASSON

19 February 2018

Among Major Dallas thoroughfares bearing the names of individuals, none is better known than Gus Thomasson Road, for it is proclaimed day and night by large, reflectorized road signs at junctions with Interstate Highways 20 and 30 and is one of the most heavily traveled crosstown routes between Mesquite on the east and White Rock […]

FLORENCE & BUDDY SCHULZ, Mesquite TX

24 January 2018

FRANK and FLORENCE SCHULZ Frank “Buddy” Schulz, Jr. was born February 10, 1904 at the family home, 4400 East Side, Dallas. He was the youngest son of Frank Schulz, Sr. and Anna (Zahl) Schulz, immigrants from Nordenburg, Prussia. He had one brother, Carl, and three sisters, Gertrude, Margaret and Frances. Buddy grew up in Dallas […]