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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNT'Y.
had two children, Harry Frank, who died at
the age of ten years, and Estelle, the only sulrviving
child. Mrs. Ervay had two children
by her first marriage.
Major Ervay is a member of the Masonic
order and a Knight Templar. He has for
twenty years been an active member of the
Church of the Disciples of Christ (Christian).
He has been a member of the Dallas School
Board, a zealous worker, and has ever attested
the genuineness of his desire to see the coming
generation well equipped in mental attainment
for the duties of American citizenship.
As a citizen, no mal in the city of his
residence more fully enjoys the confidence
and esteem of those among whom he has
lived for twenty-three years.
WILLIAM SMITH, a farmer and stock
raiser of Precinct No. 1, Dallas county,
0 was born in Halifax county, Virginia,
in 1821, the only child of Alexander and
Nancy Smith, also natives of Virginia. The
father died in his native State when our subject
was but a child, and in 1840 he moved
to White county, Tennessee, where he
learned the cabinet maker's trade, in Sparta.
He afterward followed the shoemaker's trade
for many years, and also worked at the same
after coming to Dallas county. Mr. Smith
subsequently returned to Virginia and
brought his mother to Tennessee, and in 1855
he came to Dallas county, Texas. In 1858
he bought 256 acres of raw land, which he
subsequently improved, and he now has his
entire farm under a good state of cultivation.
Mr. Smith was married in Virginia, in
1841, to Susan H. Morris, a native of Virginia,
and daughter of Sophia (Herndoy)
Morris, natives of Virginia. The father died
in his native State, and the mother afterward
married James Dillen, and in 1855 they came
to Dallas county, but both are now deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had nine children,
viz.: Mary, widow of P. A. Winn; Sophia,
wife of W. S. Cummins, of Plano, Texas;
James H., who is married and resides on the
home farin; Altimesa, wife of George Seers,
of Dallas; John C., a resident of Cedar
Springs, Dallas county, Texas; Sally Jane,
wife of A. G. White, of Bethel, Collin county,
Texas; Susan, of this county; and W. II.,
who is married and resides in Fort Wortll,
Texas. Mr. Smith affiliates with the Democratic
party; socially, he is a member of
James A. Smith Lodge, A. F. and
religiously, both he and his wife are members
of the Cochran Chapel Methodist Episcopal
L. OVERTON, Wheatland, Texas, resides
in Precinct No. 7, and is ena
gaged in farming and stock-raising.
Mr. Overton was born here in Dallas county,
September 3, 1848, oldest son and child of W.
P. Overton, of whom prominent mention is
made elsewhere in this work. IHewas reared
on a farm and received his education in the
common schools. He lived with his father
until he was thirty-two years old, and in 1880
settled on his present farm, which is land
his father had owned for many years. IHe
owns 440 acres, 132 of which are near Lisbon.
Mr. Overton was married, April 14, 1881,
to Miss Minnie Brannaum, a native of Texas,
born in Dallas county, in 1864. She is a
daughter of Lindsey and MIargaret (Miller)
Brannaum, who came from Missouri to
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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/m1/397/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.