Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 436 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Texas, and received the principal part of his
education there. He subsequently took a
course at Colorado College, Columbus, Texas.
The war, however, interfered with his college
course, and his education was completed under
private instructions. He began the study
of law under the tutelage of E. B, Pickett,
the framer of the Texas State Constitution,
and in 1870 commenced the practice of law
in Galveston. On the election of E. B. Pickett
to State office, Mr. Branch went to Liberty,
and took charge of the former's law
business, practicing in the courts of southeastern
Texas, and meeting with eminent
success. Returning to Galveston in 1874, he
was engaged in the practice of his profession
there until 1889, when he came to Dallas.
He has been appointed by the Governor, and
chosen by the Bar to preside at different times.
Besides his law practice he has also been engaged
in the real-estate business. In 1881,
and '82, he purchased for Kountz was also Clerk of the
Court of Colorado county. He died there in
October, 1871. Her mother's death also
occurred in Columbus, in 1867. Mr. and
Mrs. Branch have four children living,
namely; Edward Thomas, who was born February
15, 1876, is now in the book store of
John T. Kingan, Elm street; Luln May, born
March 4, 1878; Nellie, born February 8,
1880; and Olive, born September 19, 1882.
Mr. Branch is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, having been made a Mason in
Tucker Lodge, No. 297, Galveston; has
served as Senior Warden in the order. His
father was a charter member of Holland
Lodge, No. 1, A. F. the mother
survived him several years. Our subject was
reared and educated in his native county,
where he also studied surveying under Billy
Williams. He came to Dallas county in
1854, settling in the town of Dallas, where
he engaged in clerking for J. W. Smith several
years. He then took a herd of cattle
to New Orleans.
In 1862 Mr. Smith enlisted in the army,
in Captain Huffmann's company, and remained
until the close of the war. He participated
in the battle of Somerville, in
Morgan's raid, and was taken prisoner in
,1863. He was afterward paroled at Gallatin,
Tennessee, after which he returned to Dallas
and engaged in stock-dealing, and later began
clerking, which he has since followed from
time to time. Mr. Smith bought sixty acres
of land, which he has since improved, and
also owns property in Dallas. He is a Democrat,
politically, and in 1857-'58 held the
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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/m1/436/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.