Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 449 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
sick, was sent from there to Washington and
then to Fort Delaware, where he remained
until the close of the war. He was in many
skirmishes, but received only slight wounds.
Returning home in August, 1865, he resumed
the occupation of farming, improved
a new farm, and followed agricultural pursuits
until 1881. He then cane to Richard
son, which at that time contained only a few
buildings. He bought a house to live in,
and in 1882 began selling goods, he being
the second merchant in the town. Richardson
is now a thriving town and a good trading
place. Mr. Halsell carries a well-assorted
stock of general merchandise, and deals in
William J. Halsell was born near Bowling
Green, Kentucky, in August, 1830. He was
reared on a farm in that State and remained
there until coming to Texas, as above stated.
His father, William Halsell, was also a native
of Kentucky. His mother, nee Miss Mary
Garland, was a daughter of Jack Garland.
The latter went to Kentucky at an early day;
was a school teacher; afterward moved to
Missouri, and died there at near the age of
100 years. The subject of this sketch was
the third born of their eight children. He
has one brother living in Texas, who is now
serving as County Commissioner.
Mr. Halsell's marriage has already been
referred to. The lady he wedded was Miss
Martha Huffhines, a member of a distinguished
and highly respected family of
this State. Her parents, John and Elizabeth
Huffhines, natives of Kentucky and of German
descent, came to Texas in 1853, and became
prominent pioneers here. To Mr. and
Mrs. Halsell five children have been born,
Mollie B., September 15, 1870; Sarah C.,
October 10, 1872; Cindarella, November 16,
1874;' John 0., December 19, 1877; and
Elijah HI., July 17, 1881. Mr. Halsell has
served as Magistrate four years. IHe is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and he
'and his family belong to the Cumberland
REDRICK M. MOUSER, one of the
successful farmers of Precinct No. 3,
'Dallas county, Texas, was born in Kentucky,
in 1835, he being the oldest of the
eight children born to John and Nancy L.
(Hargrave) Mouser, natives of IKentucky.
Both the Hargrave and Mouser families were
of German descent, their ancestors having
moved from North Carolina to Kentucky at
an early day. John Mouser was a prominent
and successful farmer, and is still living on
the place on which he was born in 1811. He
is an honored and highly esteemed citizen,
and for many years has been a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. His
wife died in 1889, at the advanced age of
seventy-seven years. She was a consistent
member of the same church. The names of
their children are as follows: Fredrick M.,
the subject of our sketch; William F., der
ceased; John W., a resident of Marion county,
Kentucky; Mary E., who was the wife of
Henry Sparrow, is deceased; George, deceased;
E. G., deceased; G. T., a farmer, resides
at Bryan, Texas; R. M., a resident of
Marion county, Kentucky; and Nanny L.,
Fredrick M. Mouser received a commonschool
education, and at the age of twenty
commenced life for himself. He was married
that year (1855) to Mliss Sophia Flannagan,
daughter of Austin and Margaret
(Shuck) Flannagan, natives of Kentucky and
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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/m1/449/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.