Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 489 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
After contributingh-is share toward the settlement
Kf the communities in which he resided,
he died, in Tarrant county, this State,
where he located in 1853, passing away a
few years ago, at the age of seventy-eight
years. Our subject's mother, nee Ann
Maria Geiger, was also a native of Baltimore,
Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. Burgoon were
married in their native place, and started
West soon after this event, and the mother
died at our subject's home in March, 1889,
at the age of seventy-six years.
the parents of twelve children, namely:
Francis, Julia Ann, Eli, Joseph A., George,
Caroline, Maria, Elizabeth, Margaret, Priscilla
The latter was born June 17, 1834, and
was reared mainly in Scott and Linn counties,
Iowa. He was one among the first settlers
of Grapevine Prairie, Dallas county,
having settled on the farm where he now lives,
in 1853. He located a headright of 320
acres, but being anxious to secure new settlers
for the community he sold off 120
acres of this land, and now has 100 acres, of
his remaining land under cultivation, the remainder
being in pasture and hay. He has
comfortable buildings, beautiful hedges and
good orchards. When he settled where he
now lives his nearest neighbors were from
two to four miles distant, and the country
was an open prairie. In October, 1883, Mr.
Burgoon. erected a store building on his
premises, near his residence, and began a
mercantile business, which he has since followed
in connection with his farming. At
the same time he secured the removal of the
post office from Estelle to this place in Dallas
In September, 1861, he married Miss
Mary V. Boals, a native of Christian county,
Missouri, and a daughter of John T. Boals.
The parents came to Texas in 1859, settling
in Tarrant county, where they now reside.
Mr. and Mrs. Burgoon have had ten children,
as follows: Edward M.; Effie M. now
the wife of W. J. Crawford; Henry T.;
Mary Idelia, wife of Thomas P. Goodfellow;
Oscar L., Charles E., Anna F., Jesse E.,
Rosser I. and H-omer T. All of the children
are still living, and most of them are now
grown, and those who have settled in life
reside near the old homestead, either in Dallas
or Tarrant counties. Mr. Burgoon is a
plain, unpretentious citizen, a Inan of more
than ordinary intelligence, of a kindly disposition,
and is esteemed by his neighbors.
KNIGHT, architect, contractor
and builder, Dallas, was born in
Polk county, Texas, in 1853, the
third-born of the four children of W. J. and
Marietta (Rossell) Knight. His father, born in
Nashville, Tennessee, came to Texas in 1835,
settling first in Polk-coun ty, where he engaged
in general merchandising and was County
Clerk for several terms. Mr. Knight's
mother, a native of New York, came to Polk
county in 1842, was married there, and she
and her husband settled in Moscow, that
county. They also resided for a time in
Livingston, the county seat of that county,
where Mr. W. J. Knight's death occurred, in
1855, while he was in office as County
Clerk. His excellent wife still survives him,
now residing in Dallas. Mr. Knight, our
subject, was brought up in Houston and
Galveston, learning his trade in the latter
city. He commenced taking contracts for
building on his own account in Cleburne,
Johnson county, and continued there four
years. In 1885 he went to Galveston ard
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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/m1/489/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.