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The Burgoon Family

(Photos & biography Courtesy of Chuck Licari) 

     HENRY BURGOON was one among the oldest settlers of Grapevine Prairie, Dallas county, was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, a son of Charles Burgoon, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and successively a citizen of Oho, Iowa and Texas. After contributing his share toward the settlement of 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. They were the parents of twelve children, namely: Francis, Julia Ann, Eli, Joseph A., George, Caroline, Maria, Elizabeth, Margaret, Priscilla and Henry.
     The latter was born June 17, 1884, and was reared mainly in Linn and Scott 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 his place in Dallas county, Texas.
     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 Homer 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 man of more than ordinary intelligence, of a kindly disposition, and is esteemed by his neighbors.

- Memorial & Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas (1892), pp. 464-465.

Portion of the Sam Street map of the west central Dallas County area in 1900, showing the village of Estelle and vicinity, the Henry Burgoon survey and his residence

Charles Eli Burgoon, 1892


Henry Burgoon, 1895


Henry Burgoon (1834-1911) came to Texas in 1853 with his father and family; settled
on Grapevine Prairie and was given a pre-emptive land grant in 1857.  He married Mary Victoria Boals in September 1862; served in the civil war in Co. A, 9th Texas Cav Regt.  In 1884, he opened a store in what was to become Estelle and was postmaster from 1884 to 1902.
He was a rancher and farmer.


Charles Eli Burgoon as a junior at Texas A&M College.  Charles rode a pony from Estelle to College Station and later sold the horse to help cover school expenses.

"Charles Eli Burgoon, known as C.E. Burgoon, graduated Texas A&M in 1895 and stayed on as an assistant professor for five years (I think).  If anybody wonders where I get my good looks, it's from this guy." (Chuck)

Charles Eli Burgoon (A & M)

CHARLES ELI BURGOON as a senior at Texas A&M.  He graduated in 1895 and came back to teach for about 5 years.  He then went to Cornell and graduated in 1906 with a Masters in Engineering. He listed his political affiliation as a "Free Silverite"

Homer Burgoon

Homer was the "baby" of the family.
He died at the age of 16 on Feb 28, 1900


Three Generations of Burgoons

Mary V. Burgoon, her son, Charles Eli Burgoon, and his daughter, Mary Draper Burgoon, taken in 1919

Burgoon Family, 1920's

Family photo taken in the early 20's at Anna Burgoon Lucas'
home in Grand Prairie. possibly for Mary's 80th Birthday (1922)

Burial of Mary V. Burgoon, 1928

Mary died of heart failure (old age) on Jan 27, 1928, and
was buried on Jan 30, 1928, in Minters Chapel Cemetery.

Burgoon Family Burial Plot, 1919

Photo taken in 1919 of the Burgoon family plot at Minters Chapel Cemetery showing the
graves of two of Henry Burgoon's sons -- Edward Milford and Homer Burgoon.  The
building has not been identified -- it was gone in 2000