Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 1,105 of 1,110
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HiTR OFDLA OUT.iSuch
unanimous endorsement from the
National Government, combined with a knowledge
of his extensive experience in/the law
and natural acumen, is ample proof that the
trust reposed in him will be met with a full
knowledge of its responsibilities, and its incidental
duties discharged with ability and
I RYANT HARRINGTON has had a remarkable
history. He was born in
HIardin county, Kentucky, April 29,
1829, and reared there to the age of fourteen,
when his parents moved to Grundy county,
Missouri, where his father died three years
later. His mother returned to Kentucky,
taking the children, but remained there only
about a year, when she went again to Missouri.
Bryant remained in Missouri till April 29,
1849, when, at the age of twenty, he, in company
with three brothers and some other
young fellows of the neighborhood, started
with ox teams to California. This was just
after the discovery of gold on the Pacific
coast and the wild rush for the gold fields was
fully on. He reached Sacramento after five
months' toiling across the plains. The party,
selling off their teams and camping outfit,
paired off, Mr. Harrington and a twin brother,
Ryan, going together,. and at once began
mining. His first prospecting was done up
the American river and on Weaver creek,
both then alive with eager fortune-seekers.
Mr. Harrington was in this general locality
mining two and a half years, and closed at
the end of that time with $1,500. Leaving
Weaver creek in the fall of 1851, he went to i
Miners' Home near Coloma, where he re-(
mained till February, 1852: thence to Benicia,
near San Francisco, thence to Ramsey in t
Green valley, but abandoned the last mentioned
place on account of a conflict of title,
the claims being located on old Spanish land
He gave up mining and with his twin
brother hired to dig an irrigating ditch for
one Stitts. He finished this job, digging
100 rods at $2.50 per rod; returned to
Benicia, thence to San Francisco, where he
and his twin brother took passage, in the
spring of 1852; to New Orleans. They had
ninety-eight ounces of gold left between them,
which they took to the mint, had it weighed
and received a certificate with which they
went to a broker and sold their gold at $17.per
ounce. Then they took steamer for
Louisville, Kentucky, intending to visit their
mother, who had returned to Hardin county.
Mr. Harrington visited awhile in Kentucky;
worked on a farm one year, and attended
school a year, and finally, in December,
1855, came to Texas, making his first
stop at Dallas, which was then a small place.
Bought an old frame building there, which
had been formerly used as a drug store, and
for some weeks was engaged in taking pictures.
Sold out, and, having a brother and
brother-in. law living in Palo Pinto county,
this State, moved further West, stopping
about three years in that county. Then, in
the spring of 1859, the gold fever returning,
he decided to try his luck again in the mines,
and in connection with his twin brother was
getting up an outfit to go to Pike's Peak;
but was turned off from this enterprise by
Ed Graham, who represented the Peters
colony, and whom our subject had known in
Kentucky. Graham's father was a wealthy
merchant and had offered the son some inducements
to establish a commission business
at Guaymas, Mexico; and young Graham interested
the Harringtons in this scheme.
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