Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 411 of 1,110
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HISTORY -OF DALLAS COUNTY.
to her old home. to improve her health,
September 30, 1891, aged thirty years.
She was a member of the Catholic Church,
was a woman of eminent devotion and signal
usefulness, and in the prime of life was called
upon to act in another sphere. She had
many warm friends, was a worthy and devoted
woman, a loving wife, a fond mother and a
cherished friend. The family have ever been
active in business, have shown enterprise in
helping forward the best interests of the city,
and stand well in church and business circles.
Mr. Blakeney is a man of good business
qualifications, and will do honor to his present
office, or any position of trust, as he carries
the confidence of the people.
V. LEADBETTER, Oak Cliff, Dallas
county, Texas, is one of the prominent
; pioneers of the county, having settled
here in 1848.
Mr. Leadbetter was born in Overton county,
Tennessee, May 30. 1827, the second son and
third child of Arthur Leadbetter. His father
was born June 3, 1798, son of Arthur Leadbetter,
a native of England, who came to this
country before the Revolutionary war and
served as a soldier in that conflict. He first
settled in North Carolina, and during the
,Revolution moved to Jamestown, Virginia,
coming at an early day to Tennessee, where
he died when his son Arthur, father of the
subject of this sketch, was a child. Grandmother
Leadbetter was nee Frances Brooks,
a native of Ireland, who lived to an advanced
age and died in Tennessee. Arthur was
reared on the farm by his mother, and was
engaged in agricultural pursuits on the old
homestead. At about the age of thirty he
became a Baptist minister, having charge of
churches near his home. lHe chose for his
wife Miss Elizabetl Robbins, who was born
in Tennessee Marcll 18, 1802, daughter of
Isaac Robbins, a native of Scotland. I-e
continued faring in connection witll his
church work in Tennessee until 1832, wlien
he emigrated to Illinois, then the border-land
of civilization. In less than a year, however,
on'account of sickness, they returned to Tennessee,
making that State their lhomle until
March 7, 1848, when, with their six children,
they cane to Dallas county, Texas. Mr.
Leadbetter first settled on East fork, where
he resided till 1850, when he located in wllat
is now known as the Leadbetter: neigllborhood.
H-e organized five churches in this
county, having charge of four at one time in
connection with his farming pursuits, and
during the latter years of his life lie devoted
his whole time to the ministry. IHe took a
headright of 640 acres, and located it four
miles north of Cedar Iill, on what is known
as the Cedar mountain, on the waters of
Mountain creek. He improved a farm of
seventy-five acres, where lie lived at his death.
By his first wife he had eight children, seven
of whom lived to be grown, viz.: Mary A.,
(deceased), Isaac L., O. V., Lewis B., MIartha
(deceased), Cynthia (deceased), and Arthur
Brooks. Mrs. Leadbetter died of small-pox,
in 1848, three months after her arrival in
Texas, having contracted the disease while
en route to this State. [Mr. Leadbetter was
subsequently married to Mrs. Elizabeth Pierson,
nee Ogle, and by this union had five
children: Francis, James, William, Elizabeth
and George. After a most active and
useful life, Arthur Leadbetter passed to the
reward beyond, Novenber 7, 1859.
O. V. Leadbetter, whose name heads this
biography, received his education in the subscription
schools of that period, and remained
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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/m1/411/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.