Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 1,106 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Tl'e three purchasing two yoke of oxen apiece
and necessary outfit, set out for Guaymas, by
way of El Paso., After three months they
reached El Paso, but there heard of the conflict
that was raging between the Church and
State parties in Mexico, and deemed it not
advisable to prosecute their enterprise fur.
ther. They would have started for California,
but the Apache Indians being on the war
path this expedition also was abandoned.
The company broke up, our subject, being
out of money, started a chuck-a-luck game
on $1.10, and won $60, which gave him a
stake. He quit the game and hired to II.
Smith, representing Butterfield, Crocker
to Palo Pinto and kept their horses there till
the Indians became too troublesome, having
killed a number of the neighbors and ran off
most of the stock. The Harringtons then
moved further east, bringing their stock to
Dallas county, and Bryant took his mother,
for greater safety, to settlements in Grayson
county. He hired to Carson also attended stock
for them, and was in their employ till the
winter of 1861, when he came to Grapevine
Prairie, Dallas county, spending the winter
and spring in this county and in the Indian
Territory. He was conscripted in the Confederate
army in 1861, and entered Colonel
James Lovings' regiment; was mostly on
frontier duty, but also taught school considerably;
was variously engaged about this
time, driving cattle, fighting Indians, teaching
school, etc. He located permanently,
however, in Dallas county in the spring of
1865, settling on Bear creek, where he
bought a tract of 320 acres. He sold his
Bear creek farm and bought 208 acres,
where he now lives, buying other land from
time to time, until he now owns 660 acres, of
which 200 acres is in cultivation. Has improved
the present place and has one of the
best farms in the locality where he lives.
Has been farming and stock-raising steadily
for the past twenty-six or twenty-eight years,
and has been reasonably successful.
le has been twice married, marrying first
in February, 1863, his wife's maiden name
being Mary Ann Waugh. She died eleven
months later, leaving one child. The second
time, in February, 1871, Mr. Harrington
married Lucetta Woods, daughter of Andrew
and Elizabeth Woods, and a sister of S. A.
Woods, a sketch of whom appears in this
work, which see for the facts concerning Mrs.
Woods' ancestry. By his first marriage Mr.
Harrington had one child, Sarah Alice, now
the wife of Arthur .Birch, of Montague
county, this State; and by the second marriage
he has had four children: Archibald
Woods, Susanna Luvonia, Bryant Mack and
Mr. Harrington is a member of the ,Masonic
fraternity and has been for many years,
belonging now to Estelle Lodge, No. 570.
He is also a member of the Alliance and of
the Christian Church.
In conclusion we must say that Mr. Harrington
is a typical, old-time Westerner, having
had as many characteristic pioneer experiences
as almost any other man alive. As
a frontiersman, an Indian fighter, scout,
miner, etc., he has many anecdotes and
stories to relate, and withal he is a rough andready,
sensible, jovial, generous-hearted man
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/1106/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.