Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 914 of 1,110
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t00 HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNT Y.
He aided in building Fort Sumter, South
Carolina. Of the twelve children in the
above family, the only living ones are the
subject of this sketch; Lively, who married
Richard Granger, and is now a widow, living
in Henry county, Tennessee, with her family
on a farm; and Mary, the widow of John S.
Ray, and now living on a farm in Calloway
J. W., the subject of this sketch, was
reared in Tennessee, and in 1881 came to
Dallas county, settling on a farm in the
northern part of the county. He followed
that vocation until coming to Dallas City in
the fall of 1887, after which he engaged in
the hotel business, and in December, 1891,
he bought a lot just outside the city limits,
whiich he has improved. Mr. Swor takes an
active part in politics, voting with the Deniocratic
party, and both he and his wife are
members of the Christian Church.
He was married in western Tennessee in
1855, to bMiss Ruth A. Ethridge, a native of
Tennessee, and a daughter of David and Lucinda
(Ray) Ethridge, natives of South Carolina.
Mir. and Mrs. Swor have had eight
children, namely: Charles, a resident of tie
Indian Territory; Betty, wife of William
Milne, of Oak Cliff; Mattie, now Mrs. J. W.
Wilson, of Kaufman county, Texas; Robert,
a grocer of Dallas; Frank, at home; Shelton,
who resides in Chicago; Minnie and Holeman,
at home. Mr. and Mrs. Swor have six
grandchildren living, namely: Charles, who
has one child, Eva; Bettie Milne, who has
two children, Fred and Willa; Mattie Wilson,
who has two children, Orna and Ina;
and Robert, who has one child, Randolph.
Of the seven children of Mr. Ethridge five
are still living: Jane, now Mrs. Brown Venable;
Mrs. Swor; Fletcher; Alice, now Mrs.
John Booker; John Taylor; Martha, deceased,
was the next in order of birth: she
married James Venable; and James, deceased.
Mr. Ethridge died in 1849, in
Memphis, with Asiatic cholera, at the age of
twenty-six years. Mrs. Ethridge still survives,
living in Calloway county, Kentucky,
now aged sixty-seven years.
LEXAN DER W. PERRY landed in
Texas with his wife and three children
in 1844 and located in Dallas county
near where he now lives. He is a man possessing
keen observation and good judgment;
and to these qualities, combined with his energetic
disposition, may be attributed his
success in life. He brought with him to this
county two teams and three extra horses, and
upon his arrival here had $30 in money.
Taking a headright under the Peters colony,
he at once began the work of developing
a farm. This country was then sparsely settled,
there being only seven families withina
radious of five or six miles. The Indians:
were numerous and frequently caused much
trouble. Mr. Perry, however, was always on
his guard, and while others suffered from
the depredations of the Red men he did not.
In the fall of 1866, the Indians came into
the settlement and stole a number of horses.
A small company of white men followed them,
killing three Indians and recovering four
horses. The pioneers always carried their
guns when they went to work in the timber..
Mr. Perry went after a load of wood one morning
and forgot his gun. He was accompanied
by his little boy and his dog. The
latter treed a bear and three cubs, and Mr.
Perry told his boy to stay there while he went
for his gun; but the child objected, and ac-
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/914/?q=huffman: accessed December 4, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.