Tag: Lancaster

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 […]

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 […]

ELLENDER PENNY WITT, 1782-1858 DAR Marks Lancaster Grave of Ellender…

22 January 2018

ELLENDER PENNY WITT, 1782-1858 DAR Marks Lancaster Grave of Ellender Witt On October 18, 1997, the Richard Bard Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution held a service to mark the grave of Ellender Penny Witt at the Edgewood Cemetery in Lancaster, to honor her as the daughter of Captain William Penny, who served […]

CHARLEY & UPSHUR BRICE DAVIS WORLEY, Charlie Killed by Train

13 January 2018

Charley Worley came to Texas as a young boy from Sparta, White County, Tennessee, with his mother, Nancy Gray Worley, his grandparents, the Milton Runnels Worleys and his two siblings, Friar and Ana Bell Worley. It is believed they settled in the Cold Springs area between Lancaster and DeSoto, Dallas County. Charley grew to manhood […]

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 […]