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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
on the farm with his parents until his marriage,
which occurred March 4, 1848, to Miss
Margaret Fox, a native of Alabama. Her
parents, Joseph and Lucy (Evans) Fox, were
natives of Tennessee, her birth occurring
while they were sojourning in Alabama.
They subsequently moved to Texas, and located
in Dallas county. Mr. Leadbetter took
a headright in Mercer's colony, in the eastern
part of the county, remained there three
years, and in 1851 exchanged his right for
one in Peters' colony, where he has since
lived. The land was wild and he began improving
it, at the same tilne working at the
blacksmith's trade, being a natural mechanic.
In July, 1862, he became a soldier in the
Twenty-second Texas Infantry, and was a
participant in the battle of Galveston. He was
detailed in the Commissary Department, and
took charge of the Government shop at Beaumont,
Texas, and remained in the service
until the close of the war, receiving his discharge
at Houston. The war over, he re:
turned to his farm and agricultural pursuits,
where, as the years glided by, prosperity
attended his honest and earnest efforts, and
to-day he is the owner of 254 acres of wellimproved
land, all under a high state of
cultivation. The water supply of this place
comes from a spring, over which the friendly
branches of a large elm tree casts a most delightful
shade. This immense tree was but
a sapling five feet high when Mr. Leadbetter
took up his abode here. Changed
is the scene now. A two-story residence,
erected in 1876, has taken the place of the
primitive log cabin, 12 x 14 feet, with its dirt
floor, in which Mr. and Mrs. Leadbetter established
their home. Sons and daughters
have grown up around them. Two have
passed to the other world and eight are still
living. Thomas J. died at the old home, and
Nathaniel B., a civil engineer, while acting
as Deputy County Surveyor and locating land
in Brown county, was drowned in Pecan
bayou, near Brownwood, aged twenty-four
years. Those living are Wesley C., Minerva,
William 0., Linnie, James J., Arthur L.,
Thomas J. and Carroll E.
Mr. Leadbetter is a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church, and his wife of the
Christian Church. In politics he affiliates
with the Democratic party.
OBERT P. TOOLE, a prominent citizen
of Dallas, Texas, office in the Bankers
was for many years an
Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and also
served as Sabbath-school Superintendent for
a number of years. Grandfather William
Toole, a native of North Carolina, was a saddler
and had a large establishment in Maryville,
employing a large number of hands.
This was the leading industry of the place.
He was a very devout member of the oldschool
Presbyterian Church. His death
occurred in 1861. For a number of years he
served as a Justice of the Peace in Maryville.
Matthew Toole (the grandfather of Colonel
Keller, of Dallas) was his brother, their
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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/m1/412/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.