"The Dalby Family History" was written by Judge N L Dalby.
The most unusual thing about the book is that he wrote it at the age
of 93. Judge Dalby served as District Judge of the 102nd Judicial
District, composed of Bowie and Red River Counties, from 1935-1954.
In 1967 he started gathering information for the book which he wrote
in 1969. His handwriting had become so shaky that he typed all
his work using the hunt and peck method.
This book is the most carefully proven book that I have ever seen.
His references take four and one-half pages to list. He used
court records, deeds, wills, several books, marriage bonds, and census
records. He even found the indenture record for the immigrant,
Knightingale Dalby, dated August 30, 1721, Parish of Ramsey, County
of Huntington Court, England.
Warren Knight Dalby, who came here with his mother, Ann Bullock Dalby,
and some of his brothers, Thomas Dalby, Phillip A Dalby, Jack Cooper
Dalby, and his sisters, Agnes B and Martha Christian Dalby in 1839.
They came from Bedford County, Tennessee, where the father of Warren
Knight Dalby and two of his sisters died in 1827. They had lived
in Bedford County, Tennessee from 1818 to 1834. Warren Knight
Dalby was born in Granville County, North Carolina. So the family
had gradually moved westward and when the Republic of Texas offered
free land to those who would come and remain for three years, they
were ready. The family of Benjamin Boothe came to Texas first
and I believe that he and Warren Knight Dalby were married to sisters.
Warren Knight Dalby, 1806-1889, married Lucinda Davis, 1813-1846.
They were married in 1830 in Bedford County, Tennessee. Lucinda
Davis was the daughter of Jesse and Mary Davis. Their children
1. Joseph Gordentia Dalby, 1831-1864, born in Bedford County,
Tennessee and died in Griswoldville, Georgia in the Civil War
2. Green Davis Dalby, 1832-1884, born in Bedford County, Tennessee,
married Tirza Q Lumpkin, died in Bowie County in 1860. Their
Mona Dalby taught first grade in New
Boston for many years.
3. Fountain Moffitt Dalby, 1834-1879, born in Shelby County,
Tennessee, married Mollie A Lumpkin, died in Bowie County. They
had four children
4. Benjamin Bullock Dalby, 1836-1898, born in Shelby County,
Tennessee, married Bettie Scoggins, died in Woodland in Red River
County, Texas and is
buried there. The three older
brothers were buried in the Dalby Springs Cemetery. Benjamin
Bullock Dalby and Bettie had three children
5. Jesse Knight Dalby, 1839-1862, born in Shelby County, Tennessee,
died of pneumonia in Columbus, Mississippi while serving in the Confederate
He did not marry.
6. Thomas Warren Dalby, 1841-1853, born and died in Bowie County
7. Mary Ann Dalby, 1844-45, born and died in Bowie County
The oldest five sons went to McKensey College at Clarksville, Texas.
Lucinda Davis Dalby, the first wife of Warren Knight Dalby, died
in 1846. In 1857 he married Amanda Mitchell in Titus County,
Texas. She was born in Mississippi in 1840, the daughter of
Mark Mitchell. There were eight children in this second family:
1. Lucy Mitchell Dalby, 1858-1905, married Robert M Hardman,
was buried in the Shawnee Chappel Cemetery in Red River County, Texas.
and her husband taught school in New Boston,
Lyle and J C Mason
2. Sally Holmes Dalby, 1861-1886, married Dick B Pirkey.
They had five children
3. Frank Jackson Dalby, 1863-1950, married Sallie Whitecotton,
died in Stonewall County, Texas. They had seven children
4. Robert Lee Dalby, 1866-1926, married Lucy Apperson, died
in Lakeland, Florida. They had no children
5. Nora Agnes Dalby, 1870-1952, married Richard Julian Smith,
a Methodist minister. They died and are buried in Dallas, Texas
6. Lola Lisle Dalby, 1872-1893, married Dr William E Hardman,
died about two months after her marriage
7. Norman Leonard Dalby, 1876-1970, married Ethel Gaston Fulbright,
died and buried at Texarkana. They had three children
8. Roy Fulgham Dalby, 1881-1964, married Norma Frances McCright.
They had four children. They are buried in the Shipp Cemetery
near New Boston.
Warren Knight Dalby was 72 when this son was
Amanda Mitchell Dalby died in Stonewall County, Texas in 1925 and
is buried at Dalby Springs. Warren Knight Dalby died in 1889
on the same property where he originally built a double log cabin
of hand-hewn oak logs. It was on this land that he discovered
a spring of red mineral water about the color of tea and fixed a curb
around it made from the hollowed out section of a sweet gum tree.
This resulted in the naming of the community "Dalby Springs".