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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
and Charlie P. Mr. Stuart began life for
himself at the close of the war, with comparatively
little assistance, and, notwithstanding
his having met with heavy losses, he is now
in good circumstances, owning 276 acres of
well improved land. He is a kind, hospitable
man, of refined tastes and good habits,
and the golden rule is exemplified in his
every day life. In politics he is a Democrat,
and has been a delegate to county and State
conventions for years; and socially is a
OBERT MURPHY dates his birth in
Daviess county, Indiana, March 18,
1845. His father, John L. Murphy,
was born in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1852,
in company with his brother-in-law and
others, he went to California, leaving his
wife and children in Indiana, and never returned.
His family remained in Daviess
county until 1860, when they moved to
Washington, same State. At the latter place
Robert engaged in the tobacco business.
Their next move was to Union county,
Illinois, where they turned their attention to
fruit raising. Five years later the family
moved to Dallas county, Texas, arriving here
in the fall of 1870.
Mr. Murphy's mother was before her marriage
Miss Pauline J. Cross. She wedded
John L. Murphy in 1841, and by him had
four children, viz.: Marion, Robert, Monrde
and Johanna. Monroe died, leaving a widow
and one child. Johana is the wife of Matthew
Gillnore. Mrs. Murphy now lives with her
son at Mineral Wells, Texas.
On their first arrival in Texas, they settled
near Dallas, rented land and began raising
cotton. Roberts worked until he had money
enough to buy some land in the eastern part
of Dallas county, about five miles south of
Garland and fourteen miles northeast of the
city of Dallas. He and his brothers bought
615 acres. They subsequently divided it,
and the share which fell to Robert is that on
which he now lives-a fine farm of 200 acres.
He also owns other land, making in all 254
acres, worth, at the lowest figure, $40 per
acre. Besides this he owns valuable property
in Dallas. Starting out in life a poor boy,
Mr. Murphy has worked his way up to his
present position of prosperity.
October 15, 1885, he wedded Miss B. L.
Shawver, who was born in August, 1867,
daughter of James Shawver. She has one
sister, Miss Edna. Two children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, whose names
are Robert C. and Carl Thompson Murphy.
He and his wife are members of the Baptist
Mr. Murphy is well known throughout
this part of Dallas county as an enterprising
and progressive farmer and stock-raiser. On
his farm are found some fine specimens of
Jersey and Durhamn cattle and Clydesdale
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E N RY B. BENNETT, a successful
farmer of Dallas county, was born in
Freco, Arkansas, May 12, 1843, a son
of Pleasant and Docia (Simpson) .Bennett,
the former a native of Alabama.
The parents settled in Polk county, Arkansas,
many years ago, where the father
died during the war, at about the age of
fifty-five years, and where the mother still
lives, being well advanced in years. They
were the parents of twelve children, namely:
Fannie, deceased, married a Mr. Allen;
Sallie, the wife of James Mlays, resides in
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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/m1/406/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.