Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 435 of 1,110
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that time he has made this-c-ity his home.
Mr. Forrester was born in Chatham county,
North Carolina, in 1847, the youngest of
seven children born to David and Keziah
(Culbertson) Forrester, natives of that same
county. His father was a farmer by occupation,
passed his life there, and died in 1868.
His mother also died in Chatham county, her
death occurring in 1864. Mr. Forrester was
reared on a farm, educated in the district
schools, and in his native county was married,
in 1869, to Miss S. M. David. She and
her parents, H. Q. and
David, were all natives of Chatham county.
Her father and mother were members of old
North Carolina families, and both are deceased.
After his marriage Mr. Forrester
settled on a farm and was engaged in agricultural
pursuits until he came to Texas.
Here he was first engaged in contracting and
building. For some two or three years he
was Superintendent of Streets in East Dallas.
He has resided in East Dallas for years, and
has been on the police force ten years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Forrester four children
have been born, namely: Julian J.; Lizzie;
Annie, who died in 1873, and William H.,
who died in 1875.
Mr. Forrester is in politics a Democrat,
and in every respect he is a public-spirited
and enterprising citizen. His wife is a member
of the Baptist Church.
HARTON BRANCH, an attorney at
law, Dallas, Texas, was born in Liberty
county, this State, March 4,
1848, the fourth in a family of six children.
His father, Edward Thomas Branch, was born
in Virginia, in 1811, and his mother, Ann
Wharton (Cleveland) Branch, was born in
Kentucky, December 25, 1822.
The father of our subject was a prominent
man in his day. When a mere youth he began
the study of law, and at the age of
eighteen lie left home, went to Jackson, Mississippi,
and engaged as a bank clerk. Soon
afterward he became a member of a company
that chartered a small sailing vessel and
started for the West Indies. The vessel being
shipwrecked off Galveston Bay, in 1833 or
'34, he was taken prisoner and was carried to
Anahuac, where he was released. He subsequently
joined the Liberty Company in the
Texas army, in 1836, took part in the battle
of San Jacinto, and was afterward commnissioned
by Sam Houston as Lieutenant
Colonel. 'May 27, 1838, he was licensed to
practice law. He was a member of the first
Congress of the Republic of Texas; was appointed
Judge of the Fifth Circuit, May 25,
1838. He was married in Brazoria county,
at the residence of Colonel Willam H. Wharton,
August 28, 1838; and after his marriage
settled at Nacogdoches, and was prominently
identified with the courts of Texas. At one
time he was Supreme Judge. He moved to
Liberty, Texas, December 29, 1841, and remained
there until the time of his death,
which occurred September 22, 1861. Aside
from his other business interests he was also
engaged in land speculation and stock dealings
he having introduced blooded stock into
that part of Texas. His excellent wife survived
him some years. Her death occurred
in 1867. The name of Edward T. Branch is
well known to all who are familiar with the
history of Texas, and is one that will long be
remembered for the important part he took
in advancing her best interests. He was the
first Speaker of the House'after the annexation,
and was the author of the first exemption
law in Texas.
Wharton Branch was reared in Liberty,
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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/m1/435/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.