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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
up to manhood and was married; he was a
farmer and millwright; his death occcnrred
in 1867, and his widow survived him two
years. His grandfather, McMurry, came
from Scotland and settled in North Carolina
at an early day, and some years afterward
moved to Tennessee. Mr. MlcMurry, our
subject, was raised in farm life to the age of
sixteen years, and then learned his trade.
In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Fourth
Tennessee Cavalry, and served twelve months,
engaging in a skirmish at Albany, Kentucky,
etc. He was discharged, and re-enlisted in
1862, in company F, Fifteenth Tennessee
Cayalry, and continued to serve during the
war, being in Morgan's raid, in the battle of
Chickamauga, etc., and received two flesh
wounds. He was taken prisoner just before
the battle of Missionary Ridge and confined
at Rock Island; was exchanged before the
battle of Petersburg and returned to his command
in Virginia, and continued with his
company until the close of the war.
Returning to Tennessee, he was married
there, in June, 1870, to Miss Emily Turner,
a native of Sumner county, Tennessee, and a
daughter of Edmund and Eliza (Whitworth)
Turner. Her father was a native of North
Carolina, and her mother, of Sumner county,
Tennessee. She was a sister of Judge Whitworth,
of Nashville. Her father, born in
1793, moved in 1809 to Tennessee, became
a model farmer and continued to make Sumner
county his home until his death, in 1871.
His wife survived till 1888, residing in Dallas.
After his marriage Mr. McMurry settled
in Union City, Obion county, Tennessee,
and continued a resident there until 1874,
when he came to Dallas and since then has
been identified with the building interests of
this city. He votes with the Democratic
party, but takes no part in the political machinery.
Mrs. McMurry is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. They have
been interested witnesses in the growth of
Dallas. Their children are: Edmund, Norman,
Queenie, Adnie, Jennie and Lizzie.
PREIGHTON R. SKELTON, dentist,
Dallas, Texas.-One of the most popu'
lar dentists of Dallas, Texas, has availed
himself of all the modern improvements in
this branch, and his skillful manner in performing
all operations is well known. He
was born in the Keystone State in 1852, and
is a son of Elizabeth (Ruxton) Skelton, natives
of England; the father a merchant by
occupation. Dr. Skelton attained his growth
in his native State and supplemented a public
school education by attending Ypsilanti Normal
School, Michigan. After leaving school
he began the study of dentistry with Dr. A.
B. Bell and subsequently entered the dental
department of the Michigan University at Ann
Arbor. He began practicing in the West,
Aberdeen and Fargo, Dakota, and St. Paul,
Minnesota. He came to Dallas, Texas, in
1888, began practicing, and by strict professional
methods has built up a lucrative practice.
Safe, conservative and reliable, he is
one of the rising dentists of the State. He
is a member of the Masonic fraternity and
socially is a pleasant and genial gentleman.
C. FORRESTER, a member of the
police force of Dallas, Texas, first
came to this city in February, 1874.
A short time afterward he went to Waco,
Texas, and after remaining there two years
came back to Dallas in August, 1877. Since
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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/m1/432/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.