Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 451 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY. 433
family in this county;
Curtis H., resides in
Rockwell county, Texas; Lucy, wife of Jacob
Sheppard, of Nodaway county, Missouri;
Clary, wife of Andy Sheppard, of the State
of Washington; B. G., whose name heads
this biography; Druzilla, wife of J. K. Allen,
is deceased; Hiram, deceased; Julia A., wife
Jonathan Cook, is deceased.
B. G. Lanham's educational opportunities
were limited in youth, but in later life he
has made up for those deficiencies by observation
and reading, and keeps himself well
posted on the general topics of the day. He
landed in Texas with more money than most
of theearly settlers, he having $1,600 in cash.
For the 600 acres already alluded to they
paid $1,000. A few years afterward the title
failed to be good, and after having a suit he
was compelled to give up half of the land.
Game was plenty then and Mr. Lanhan says
his early days in Texas afford him some of
his happiest recollections.
In 1862 Mr. Lanham joined the Confederate
army and served in the trans-Mississippi
department; was on the frontier all the time
with the exception of three months spent on
the coast. At the close of the war he i'etifrned
home, and, like many others, found himself
afinancial wreck, having only his land-his
stock all gone. He is now engaged in stockraising,
although not having as much stock
as before the war. He makes a specialty of
horses, having some fine specimens on his
Mr. Lanham has been twice married.
When he was twenty five he wedded Miss
Emma Clark, of Andrew county, Missouri,
daughter of Samuel and Nancy Clark. Two
children were born to them: Julia A., wife
of William Glover of this county, and Hiram,
of Coleman county, Texas. His first wife
died in 1854, and in 1856 he married Miss
Mary A. Beaman, daughter of Samuel and
Polly (Smelcer) Beaman, natives of Illinois
who came here at an early day. This union
was blessed by the birth of eight children,
two of whom died when small. Jacob S.
resides in this county; Samuel S., of Clay
county, Texas; Sarah J., wife of Alexander
Dickey, of Johnson county, Texas; Franklin,
Clay county, Texas; Catherine, wife of Brance
Furggerson, of this county, and William, at
home with his parents.
Mr. Lanham is a member of the Farmers'
Alliance of Dallas county.
T. DARGAN, one of the prominent
business men of Dallas, was born in
Fairfield district, South Carolina, in
1846, son of Dr. K. S. Dargan and wife, both
natives of the Palmetto State.
Mr. Dargan received his education in his
native State. He took a course of study at
the Citadel Academy, and afterward entered
the University of South Carolina, where he
graduated with the class of 1867. He
enlisted in the army in 1863, and served in
White's battalion, doing duty in defense of
Charleston and the coast. He stood the service
remarkably well, being regarded as one
of the toughest men in his company.
The war over, he began the study of law
with Carrol, Melton
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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/m1/451/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.