Tag: Lancaster TX

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

MILLER in BATTLE to FOUND LANCASTER

23 February 2018

LANCASTER, suburban city of more than 10,000 population today, became the first major market center for southern Dallas County as the result of intense competition between two rival towns. First on the ground was Madison Moultree Miller, a former Alabama plantation overseer who came west before the Civil War with the idea of joining the […]

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. […]

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 […]