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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
and the remainder of the year fifteen to
Mr. Beggs was born in Ireland in 1862,
the son of William and Mary (Beggs) Beggs,
natives also of Ireland. His father died in
his native country, and his mother now resides
in Dallas. Mr. Beggs learned his trade
in Belfast, Ireland. In July, 1882, he landed
at New York, and soon after went to Pittsburg
and St. Louis, and finally came to Dallas,
as already stated. He was married here
in September, 1887, to Frederica A. Lawther,
a native of New Orleans, and a daughter of
Colonel R. Lawther, who now resides in Dallas.
They have one child, by name Robert
William. They are members of the Second
Presbyterian Church of Dallas. On national
matters Mr. Beggs is a Democrat.
UDGE ARTHUR THOMAS WATTS is
one of the public-spirited and enterprising
citizens of Dallas, and one of the
leading members of the Dallas bar. Of his
life and ancestry we present the following
Judge Arthur Thomas Watts was born in
Covington county, Mississippi, August 31,
1837. His parents, William and Patience
(Lott) Watts, both natives of Georgia, were
born near Milledgeville. His father went
with his parents to Mississippi about 1810,
at which time the Lott family also settled
there. Thomas Watts, the Judge's grandfather,
served in both the Revolution and in
the war of 1812, being nineteen years of age
when he took part in the first war. He died
in Smith county, Texas, in 1856, at the age
of about ninety-four years. His grandfather,
Arthur Lott, also served through the Revolutionary
war. In 1810 he started to Mississippi
from Georgia, in company with a number
of families, and was shot from his horse
and killed by Indians in Alabama.. Several
others of the party were wounded at the
same time. His widow with her children
went on their sad journey to Mississippi,
and in due time the large family spread out
over western Mississippi and Texas.
William Watts, the Judge's father, conducted
farming operations on a moderate
scale, working about thirty hands. He was
a good business man, quiet and unassuming
in manner, and in every way a worthy and
highly respected citizen. He sold his interests
in Mississippi, came to Texas, and settled
on a farm in Harrison county in 1841.
He died there in 1844. For a number of
years he was a member of the Baptist Church.
He was a man of earnest devotion and great
usefulness. His widow is still living, an
honored and highly esteemed pioneer of
Polk county, Texas. She is an earnest
Christian woman, and since her girlhood
days has been a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. She is now eighty-five
years of age. Of her eight children, five are
The subject of our sketch received his
education at Zion Seminary, Mississippi.
After completing his course there, he began
the study of law under the direction of
John E. McNair, Circuit Judge of that district.
His marked success and high standing
in the legal profession show the wisdom
of his choice for a life work. He was admitted
to the bar at Livingston, Polk county,
Texas, in 1859, and at once began practice
in partnership with Judge Crosson, now of
Ballinger, Texas. This partnership continued
a year. Mr. Watts then went to.Mississippi
on business, and while he was there
the war opened. He enlisted on the first of
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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/m1/378/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.