Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 376 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
participated in the Revolutionary war. Silas
H. Dewey came to Walker county, Texas, in
1855, and his death occurred near Bloomfield,
Miissouri, in 1863; his wife died in Grayson
county, Texas, in 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller have had three children,
viz.: Charles, J. H. and Minnie. The
latter is the wife of Barry Miller, of Dallas.
H ARLES FRANKLIN BARHAM,
D. D. S., was born in the State of Arkansas
in September, 1853, and is a son
of J. M. and Lucy J. (Greer) Barham, natives
of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. The
father emigrated to Arkansas in early days,
and was one of the pioneers of that State.
He was killed in the late war. The mother
was born and reared in Nashville, Tennessee,
and now resides in Arkansas. They had
born to them eight children, the Doctor
being the fifth-born. He passed his youth
in his native State, and attended the common
schools. He acquired a good education, and
began life as a teacher, following this profession
for two years. In 1878 he took up
the study of dentistry, which he pursued at
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
He was graduated in the spring of 1885,
taking the degree of D. D. S. He went to
Hope, Arkansas, and there established himself
in a paying practice. In 1886 he came
to Texas, and located at Terrell, where he re.
gained one year, coming at the end of that
time to Dallas. He is a member of the
Texas State Dental Association, and has won
an enviable standing in professional circles.
He is a careful operator, and is well posted
on all the improved methods of treatment.
In his political opinions the Doctor is a
Democrat, "dyed in the wool." He is a
member of Amity Lodge, No. 108, Knights
of Pythias. He is a man of honor and integrity,
and is entirely worthy of the esteem
in which he is held.
rH SILLIAM L. WHITE, deceased, for
many years a prominent business
man of Lancaster, and at his death
probably the wealthiest man in the southern
part of Dallas county, was born in White
county, Tennessee, November 15, 1824, a
son of Woodson P. and Nancy White, and a
brother of Francis M. White, a sketch of
whom appears in this work and contains
their family biography.
William L. was reared in White county,
Tennessee. When about thirteen years old
he commenced clerking in his father's store
of general merchandise in Sparta and continned
in that business until his father's death.
He afterward went into the mercantile business
with his uncle, J. GC. Mitchell, at the
In about 1846 he was elected clerk of the
branch bank of the Tennessee Bank, located
at Sparta, in which capacity he remained
about six years. During this time he
lived miles in the country, riding horseback
each day over rough, mountainous roads,
braving all kinds of weather, promptly and
faithfully filling his position at the bank,
also superintending his farm work at home.
In the spring of 1854 he made his first
visit to Texas, remained about three weeks,
returned to Tennessee and brought his family
to Texas the following October, bought
and improved a 640-acre tract, now owned by
J. P. Apperson. After coming to this
county Mr. White was for a number of years
engaged in the stock business, buying and
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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/m1/376/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.