08 November 2009

1892 Newspaper Article with a Bit of Zumwalt Information

Dallas Morning News, Texas
21 September 1892
(Viewed online at GenealogyBank.)

"A Veteran of Sixty Years
Mr. Thomas Burgess, of Washington county, Arkansas, a gentleman of portly frame and pleasant address, is at present a sojourner in the family of Mr. Henry Boll, in Dallas...Accidentally meeting John Henry Brown on Sunday last, the interview developed the following facts: That Mr. Burgess was born in Roane county, North Carolina, May 12, 1815...In July 1832, being then by accident in St. Charles county, Mo., he enlisted in a company of twelve-months' "rangers," then organized and commanded by Capt. Nathan Boone, so long distinguished as an officer in the United States dragoons. The company hastened into Iowa in connection with the Black Hawk war, and there first heard of cholera at Fort Armstrong, but did not come in contact with it.

They were soon ordered to Fort Gibson, on the Arkansas, where he met Lieut. Jefferson Davis of the infantry. Capt. Boone made several scouts to the west and south. In one, in the spring of 1833, he crossed Red river and reached the head waters of the Trinity. While encamped on the Elm fork, in what is believed to be Cooke county, a day after a terrible hailstorm, a young man named Abbey (John B., he thinks)...was surrounded and carried off by a party of Indians. Capt. Boone followed them for fifteen days, finding evidence that young Abbey was still alive... [trail eventually lost & fate of Abbey unknown.]

This incident was called to Mr. Burgess' attention by Maj. Brown who as a little boy knew Mr. Jonathan Abbey, the estimable father of the young man,...and the facts were then stated by Burgess, as here given. Maj. Brown then gave the names of eight other young men in the company known to him there and afterward. They were his three cousins from St. Louis county, Mo., Harvey, William A. and Benjamin Frank Clark...William A. died in St. Louis a few years since; Harvey died in the hospital at Fort Gibson while in service; James Lester of Pike county, Mo., who died blind in Galena, Ill., in the forties; Lafayette Ward of Marion county, Mo., who settled in Jackson county, Tex., in 1837, and died not far from the close of the civil war; Noah and Gabriel Zumwalt and their nephew, W. H. H. Baldridge, from St. Charles county, all settled in Lavaca county in 1857 [1837?] and became the heads of worthy families. Noah died in 1840; Gabriel died after the civil war (Robert D. Zumwalt of Hallettsville being his son), and Harrison Baldridge died in Gonzales county a few years since.

These men, says Maj. Brown, were all good citizens and valued pioneers in Texas. The casual meeting of these gentlemen in Dallas thus proved to be of touching interest to them -- an interest that would be intensified if Mr. Burgess and Mr. Frank Clark (now 84) could meet after a separation of sixty years."

Interesting articles like that are why old newspapers are a valuable resource for fleshing out your family history!

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