Biographical Note: Mrs W H
Sims, nee Annie Martilla Glover, was the daughter of William
Wald Glover, who was the first recorded birth after Dallas County
was formed in 1846. His father, George Washington Glover, came
to Texas from Alabama in 1843, with a caravan that included Samuel
S and Martilla Bobbitt Stockton. Samuel Stockton died soon after
their arrival and George Glover later married his widow, Martilla
Stockton, who had inherited the land grant of her deceased husband.
He located the claim adjacent to the northwest corner of the
claim of James Jackson Beeman in the area now known as Urbandale
in the city of Dallas. The W W Glover Cemetery on Military Parkway
is on this original claim.
Editorial Note: These are excerpts of an interview published
in the Dallas Morning News in 1949. They are part of a hand written
document from the estate of Frances Ida Beeman Cutchin; the niece
of Mrs Sims, and granddaughter of W W Glover and Julia Lanham,
and a great granddaughter of John Beeman and Emily Hunnicutt.
The following has been transcribed verbatim from that document,
but it is not known if this is the entirety of the interview.
Minor clarification of names and abbreviations, and editorial
notes have been added in parentheses and additional paragraph
breaks have been inserted.
had grown up around the section of land where Mrs W M Sims has
lived for 66 years and where her father lived for 82 years. Now
from the front porch of her cool comfortable brick home located
on Wofford Street near the spot where the second oldest house
in Dallas County once stood, Mrs Sims can look out over acres
of attractive homes.
Not long ago she looked out over
acres of farmland with the skyline of Dallas in the distance.
That same land was unbroken prairie back in 1845, when George
W(ashington) Glover married Mrs Martilla Stockton and began homesteading
the 640 acre Stockton survey.
The story of that marriage is living
history to Mrs Sims, who heard it many times as a girl named
Annie Martilla Glover. In those days Dallas was in Nacogdoches
County and it was a long way to go to the county seat for a marriage
license so George Glover got his in Bonham. Then, concerned lest
his marriage the beautiful widow be illegal in a different county,
he took his bride-to-be and a minister (Elder Amon McCommas)
in a wagon into Fannin County. They were married on the wind-blown
For a while the young couple lived
in the old Sears cabin in the Munger Place Addition now, and
there their first child, William Wald Glover was born on July
31, 1846, just 22 days after the county of Dallas was organized.
They later moved to their land,
the Stockton survey and began homesteading on it. There was a
spring beside the first Glover home. It's buried now beneath
Parkdale Drive, but, said Mrs Sims, "It still bubbles up
through the street itself."
On the same tract of land, young
William Glover, a Civil War Veteran at 18, helped his parents
build a new home. His daughter, Mrs Sims, still treasures a board
from that house, assembled with pegs.
Other Glover children scattered,
but William remained to farm the family place and earn a reputation
as a fine wood worker whose wagons and coffins were objects of
beauty. He married, reared two of four children to maturity,
saw one daughter (Ida Mae) marry a Beeman (Holland Dye) and another
(Annie Martilla) a McCarley (J W).
The McCarleys lived on Forney Road,
still on Glover land, however. When her husband died six years
after their marriage, the young widow and her two small sons
returned to the old home.
Life was isolated, but travelers
along Wofford, then the old Kaufman Road and the only major thoroughfare
through the section, always stopped for a drink at the Glover
well, the same well where Sam Houston paused for refreshment
earlier while heading north for an Indian conference.
(Editorial Note: This is
an aberration of events with a basis in fact: In his Memoirs
written in 1886, James Jackson Beeman recounts, "In (July)1843,
General Sam Houston, who was at this time President of the Republic
of Texas, came out to meet the Indians at Bird's Fort to make
a treaty of peace with them, as they were still hostile. He wanted
me to go as guide to the Fort, which I did. He had about thirty
men with him as a guard, among them was John R. Reagan. Reagan
was taken sick at White Rock so was left at my brother John Beeman's.
As soon as he was able to travel he went back to his home in
East Texas." The Beemans had originally settled on the west
side of White Rock Creek in April 1842, building a blockhouse
for protection against the Indians. In the fall of 1843, they
moved east of White Rock Creek; James to the east of the future
Stockton survey and John to the southwest. Samuel and Martilla
Stockton arrived in Dallas late in 1843. George and Martilla
Glover did not move onto the Stockton survey until after the
birth of W W Glover in July 1846. In his Diary, Edward Parkinson,
who accompanied Sam Houston, writes, "We camped at White
Rock Springs .. about one mile from the White Rock forks on the
The well still stands adjoining
a plastered milk house. It will remain, though the old homestead
and barns are gone and only a 90 x 100 foot lot is left of 640
acres. It was that well which prompted one of Mrs Sims young
sons to remark, after hauling several buckets of water to the
house, "I wish mother had a faucet on the Mississippi."
Recently the Sims and their neighbors
were isolated by high waters surrounding their hill-top homes.
It reminded Mrs Sims of the flood of 1908. Then they had no contact
with the outside world for days. But it didn't matter much, everything
a family needed from milk and butter to meat and vegetables was
In those days, Scyene was the center
of activity more than Dallas. It was there the Glovers went for
lodge meetings and church. But they shopped in Dallas at the
old Lowenstein store, Titches and Sanger Brothers, going in by
horse and buggy or wagon. In Dallas, Annie Martilla Glover, at
the age of 8 or thereabouts, visited the first ice cream parlor
in the infant city. She eagerly devoured her first dish of the
new treat and demanded more of that "cold clabber."
Sometimes they walked to the streetcar
line terminal at Fair Park, a mere three miles. William Wald
Glover, an impatient man, often covered the entire six miles
to town afoot.
The first automobile ride was a
memorable experience, and Mrs Sims recalls the marvelous sensation
of speed, the speechless delight of her two small sons, and the
way pedestrians along the way scattered in fright, crawling under
fences to escape the strange vehicle. "We kept a horse and
buggy longer than most, I guess. But we were always on time.
Later, when the boys were grown, and there was a car to go in,
we were always late."
Even after her second marriage
23 years ago, (to W H Sims in 1926) this descendant of pioneers
lived a farm life. Her husband tilled the remaining acres of
the original section. Then, a little more than a decade ago,
(the late 1930's) the city came to them. It brought water lines,
sewer lines, gas, electricity and welcome neighbors.
All that remains of the old days
is a six foot muzzle-loader of Civil War days and a couple of
old kerosene lamps, wired now for electricity. Even the old red
barn is gone. His daughter used to beg William Wald Glover to
tear it down, pointing out that it hid the view of Dallas' distant
skyline. "You've got feet, haven't you?" this hardy
pioneer would reply, "Walk around it when you want to look."
14 December 2000, by M C Toyer.
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