Tag: Civil War

WILLIAM LAWHORN HOME, Rockwall TX

19 March 2018

William Lawson Lawhorn was born June 5, 1844 in Scott County, Mississippi. The son of Noah Lawhorn and Harriet (Slay) Lawhorn married Martha Kara (Mat) Smith on December 12, 1866 in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Elizabeth. She was only seventeen years old. Bill Lawson Lawhorn was converted and made a profession of […]

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 […]

A. R. HARTMAN Family, Rockwall TX

13 March 2018

Archibald Register Hartman, like his brother, J. A. Hartman came to Texas as a Confederate veteran. However, his war record, on several occasions, was a source of embarrassment to his family. During the Civil War, he had served the Confederacy as a spy. Schoolmasters having been in short supply, he had moved behind enemy lines, […]

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 […]

SAMUEL H. ROSS, 1854-1907

21 February 2018

Sometime around 1962, a family member happen to bring in a farm and ranch magazine and laid it on the kitchen table at my grandmother’s, Eula Ross Forster (Foster), house. She glanced over at the magazine and said, “That’s my daddy. That’s Sam Ross.” The article pertained to an unknown drover on the Chisholm Trail. […]

EDWARD C. MILLS, 1805-1871

20 February 2018

Edward C. Mills was born in Ohio on Christmas Day, 1805. At 21 years of age, he married Sarah Hunter. Their three sons were Hope, John and Jim Mills. Edward and Sarah relocated the family to Boone County, Kentucky and Sarah died there early in 1840. Edward and Elizabeth Collins were married about two years […]

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 […]

GENERAL R. M. GANO, Baptized 4,000

6 February 2018

Gano  Street which abuts City Park in South Dallas, is named for one of the more remarkable Dallas pioneers. Gen. Richard M. Gano was a min­ister of the gospel, physician, farmer, rancher, banker, and native of Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born in 1830, he appreciated two of his native county’s most famous products—beautiful women and fine […]