The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 104
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Isaac O. Headley had settled lower down on the Clear Fork
across from the mouth of Squaw Creek; on July 1, 1854, he had
sold his certificate to James Tinsley.5 Isaac O. Headley was a
surveyor and did much work in Parker County. In 1862, at age
thirty-six, he enlisted in Company "E" of Texas Cavalry Volun-
teers, commanded by Reuben E. Sanders, a preacher of the Cum-
berland Presbyterian faith. This company was called into the
service of the Confederacy on March 31, 1862. Headley died at
Natchitoches, Louisiana, in 1864 while in service.6
J. M. Froman lived for many years on his survey.7 The land
is still known as the Froman place. Some of his heirs still reside
in Parker County.
Lawrie stopped at Old Man Woody's probably for two reasons:
the home of Samuel Woody" on Ash Creek was noted for its
hospitality," and also Lawrie was seeking a surveyor. Lewellen
Murphy came to Parker County with Sam Woody. He was a
single man and made his home for a time with Woody. He did
much surveying in Parker and Denton counties.
The James H. Sewell'o Survey is cut in two by a branch known
as Belknap. This branch was a favorite camping and watering
place for travelers along the Belknap road. The ruts of the road
are easily discernible in the Choate Survey which joins the Sewell
Survey on the west. James H. Sewell had sold his certificate by
September 3, 1858, and moved on.
Lawrie camped on January 20, 1855, on the "ridge dividing
the waters of the Trinity and Brazos on the road to Fort Belknap."
This is now known as Pinnell1 Prairie. It is a high prairie com-
posed of some three thousand acres. To the east a traveler along
the Belknap road could easily be seen. The Palo Pinto Moun-
tains are visible some twenty miles to the southwest. One can
5Abst. 619. Headley, Isaac O. Headley Original Grantee, Patentee James Tinsley.
File 2768 Parker County. General Land Office. Tinsley was great-grandfather of
writer, and he has had family lore relative to Headley, Froman, and Belknap road.
OWilliam H. Parsons, Condensed History of Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade,
x86z-z865 (n.p., 1883), 53.
7Abst. 471. Froman, John M. File 3095 Parker County. General Land Office.
sAbst. 1638. Woody, Samuel, Sr. File 1743 Parker County. General Land Office.
9G. A. Holland, History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin (Weather-
ford, 1937), 205.
o0Abst. 1212. Sewell, James H. File 3186 Parker County. General Land Office.
11Abst. 1053. Pinnell, Hiram. File 4408 Parker County. General Land Office.
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