Tag: Sachse TX

J. B. MINNIS, Early Circuit Rider

9 January 2019

One early Pleasant Valley (Sachse, Dallas County TX) area settler was a preacher man that ran a mule powered cotton gin to supplement his income. J. B. Minnis settled here in the 1870’s. He had even invented a sucking machine for unloading cotton, and was offered $30,000 for the invention (about $7500, 000 today). He […]


9 January 2019

Details of the Hogge and Herring date back to early pioneer days.  From a home, high on a hill overcooking Dallas and Collin County, the Daniel Herring family could clearly see the surrounding area in any direction. Daniel came to Collin County in 1848 from Illinois with his wife, family and mother. It is interesting […]

Robert & Fanny ELLIS, Taffy Party Introduction

25 October 2018

Robert E. Ellis was born January 2, 1868. Then, 20 years later, Fannie Thomas was born at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Kinchole Thomas. Robert and Fannie had met at a candy breaking party (taffy pulling) in Van Zandt County. Fannie was 12 and Robert was 32. They knew each other […]


15 May 2018

George William Boyd was born in Chester, South Carolina on June 30, 1876 near Chester, South Carolina.  He was the son of Henry and Martha J. Cannon Boyd.  George didn’t own a farm.  He worked for Jake Sachse for five years and then he worked at the Henry Barger farm. Emma Lela Spence Boyd was […]

PAUL MACK BRAWLEY Meets Tragic Death

24 April 2018

Paul Mack Brawley was the first of five children born to Sarah Cornelia “Sally” McCallum and Hazelton Sidney “Scott” Brawley. Paul’s parents were both native of Chester County, South Carolina. The father being born April 30, 1864 and the mother being born in January of 1865, The children, of Scott and Sally Brawley were: 1. […]


13 April 2018

This early photo (about 1895) is from my great-grandfather George Washington Forster’s pond in the Elm Grove community.  This area, located northeast of Rowlett, Texas, is one of the last remaining unincorporated communities in Dallas County.  This one of the very few ponds in the community in those days and the site of many early […]


20 March 2018

As we know it, Charles Masters Tucker grew up in the parish of Litton in Somerset County, England, and may have helped his father in his dairy business. According to parish church documents we have found, Charles was baptized in the Church of England on March 12, 1834. His sister, Jane, was baptized on April […]

CLIFTON M. RANEY, Radio Ranger

21 February 2018

My dad’s brother, Thomas, “Uncle Tom” Raney was born at Pleasant Valley (NE Dallas County) around 1883. He married Stella Mae Cunningham of Wylie and they had two sons. Harmon Eugene “Gene” was born in 1912 and Clifton M. “Max” Raney was born in 1914. Pleasant Valley used to have two churches and an ole […]


25 January 2018

SHOOT OUT AT PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH June, 1897- An unusually large congregation assembled at the Pleasant Valley church, five miles east of Garland, yesterday forenoon to hear the Rev. Dr. Patterson, of Ellis county, preach.  The preliminary service of song and prayer was over, and the preacher was about to announce his text, and the […]