Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 453 of 1,110
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HISTO R Y OF DALLAS COUNTY.
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Merrifield settled on
the headright he had purchased and he soon
after closed up his business in Dallas and
began giving his entire attention to agricultural
pursuits, which he followed until his
death. They became the parents of six children,
five of whom still survive: Sarah Elizabeth,
the wife of James Freeman; Williamn
Jefferson; Thomas Alexander; John Samuel,
who died in 1878 at the age of eight months;
Charles Boone and Rachel J.
Mr. Merrifield was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and died while
in full communion with that church, Septenmber
8, 1888, not only his immediate and sorrowing
family mourning his loss, but also a
large circle of friends. He was a member of
the A. F. and A. M., socially. During the
Civil war he served in the Commissary Department.
His widow, who is also a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, resides
on the home place which is managed by one
of her sons. Mr. Merrifield first started out
in life on borrowed capital, but by giving
his closest attention to his business, and by
good management, he accumulated a large
property, becoming the owner of 1,080 acres of
land, some of the most fertile of Dallas county.
He was a successsul business man, and his
honorable way of conducting his affairs won
him the confidence and esteem of all who
L. STUART, carpenter and builder of
Dallas, was born in Lincolnton, Lincoin
county, North Carolina, in 1841,
the third in a family of eight children of N.
T. and Caroline (Robinson) Stuart, natives
also of North Carolina. His father, a mechanic
and farmer, and his mother are still
living, on a farm in North Carolina. The Stuarts
of North Carolina are descendants of two
brothers, Scotchmen, who settled near Davison
College, that State, before the Revolution.
Both the grandfathers were in the Revolutionary
war and grandfather Robinson was a
soldier also in the war of 1812; he was a native
of County cork, Ireland.
Mr. Stuart, whose name heads this sketch,
was attending a military college of Charlotte
at the breaking out of the war, and in 1862
he enlisted, at Lincolnton, in Company G,
Fifty-seventh North Carolina Volunteer Infantry,
as a private and color-bearer, or Sergeant,
and was engaged in the battle of Seven
Pines, the Wilderness, of the Shenandoah
Valley, etc. At the battle of the Wilderness
he received a gunshot wound which was so
severe that he was left on the field for dead.
He was confined in the hospital at Richmond,
Virginia, from May to July. Afterward he
received another gunshot wound in the foot,
at the battle of Winchester, an he was also
engaged in the battle of Petersburg and at
Newbern. He was paroled at Appomattox
Court-Honse in 1865.
Returning to North Carolina, he attended
school six months. He was married in Columbia,
the capital of South Carolina, December
23, 1867, to Eliza Gibson, a native
of that State and daughter of Nicholas and
Onslow (Hussey) Gibson, natives also of that
State, respectively of Fairfield and Charleston.
Her father was a cotton buyer and in
later life a railroad agent, and was finally
killed at Killian's mill, South Carolina, in
1850, in a railroad wreck. Her mother died
in 1862, in the same State. Her grandfather
Hussey, a native of England, was a
seafaring man who lost his vessels during
the Revolutionary war. After his marriage
Mr. Stuart settled in South Carolina. In
1872 he came to Dallas, and since that time
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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/m1/453/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.