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March 14, 2013

The Fairfield Recorder

Freestone County History

Carter cabin recalls early Freestone County settlers Coming from Alabama, David Carter’s family lived in dugouts before house was built in 1845, near Kirvin There are many eye-catching things to see at the Freestone County Historical Museum. But the sight that automatically draws the visitor to a much earlier time is the Carter Log House. David.Livingston Carter, who built the cabin in 1845, and his wife, Julia, came from Wilcox County, Alabama, to Texas in a wagon. It took a month to make the trip. Several families came, including Noland Womack and wife, who was David L. Carter’s sister. These people brought their slaves with them. When the settlers reached their destination, which was approximately three miles east of Kirvin, in Freestone County, they made their home in caves or “dugouts” near a pond. Here, the Carters lived until the slaves built a one-room house. As soon as the family was safe in their temporary oneroom house, work began on a

Carter Log House Historical Marker text

The Carter Log House was the home of an early Freestone County pioneer, David Livingston Carter, who built the structure in 1845. Carter’s son, Alfred Payne Carter, was born in the house in 1856 and lived there until he died in 1945. “dog-trot” style cabin. Logs used were two feet in diameter and 18 feet long. Trees were hewed and the logs were squared by using a broad ax. A foot adze was used to cut lap joints in the logs where they interlocked at corners. The Museum Association has furnished the old house with many items from pioneer

days. A chisel and an auger were also used in the construction work. The logs were pinned together with wooden pins. And square nails were used on the rafter. The materials used for the floor and ceiling came from near Rusk and transported by wagons.

Mike Reddell photo The Carter’s new home consisted of two rooms downstairs, on being a bedroom and one a kitchen, which were 18 feet square with an open breezeway, or “dog trot,” 12 feet wide separating the two. Each room had a fireplace to provide warmth in the winter. An attic room over the bedroom was to be the children’s room.

(originally located 3 miles east of Kirvin) Typical of pioneer dwellings in early Texas, this house was built in 1845 by David L. Carter, from Alabama. He later served in the Confederate Army and helped start Woodland Boys' College. The tongue-andgroove logs were joined with wooden pins. Square nails were used on the rafters. Materials for floor and ceiling were hauled 70 miles by ox-wagon from near Rusk. A huge fireplace stood in each room-- two downstairs, one upstairs. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1968 Marker Location: Freestone County Historical Museum - Main St. and Hall St. The warmth from the chimney extending through the attic would provide warmth for the children. This home remained in the Carter family until it was donated to the Freestone County Museum to be enjoyed by all that visit. Several pieces of original furniture are here in the cabin: baby cradle,

wardrobe, sewing machine, a rocking chair, button basket, egg basket and table brush. One piece of furniture is a baby bed used by Alfred Payne Carter, son of David Livingston Carter. Alfred Payne Carter was born in the log house on Oct. 31, 1856 and lived in the same house until he died in July, 1945 at the age of 89.

Families solve mystery of why ancestors were buried together For years, members of the Huckaby family wondered why there was a grave marker for Gen. Hezekiah. Bradbury in an area of Fairfield Cemetery where Huckaby family members are buried. Likewise, Bradbury’s greatgreat-great-grandson, Brian Blake of Rockwall, visited his ancestor’s grave and questioned why there were so many Huckabys. Bradbury went to the Internet and found Freestone County residents who could help: Linda Mullen, Barbara Fryer Price, Mike Bonner and Frank Parker. They traded Huckaby information with Blake for background on Bradbury. Bradbury came to Texas from Tennessee, where he was elected

Anderson County. She died within two years. He remarried and died in 1871, buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Freestone County. “For 155 years, the morning sun has shone on the front of his headstone in Fairfield Cemetery, with so many Huckabys nearby,” Blake has written in a biography on his ancestor. “Whether it was Masonic brotherhood, personal friendship, a business partnership, or the brief marital ties between the families, the resting place of our ancestors represents a bond through which has now been rediscovered. “I know who the Huckabys are, and Freestone County now knows the story of General H. Bradbury.”

Brigadier General of the 20th Brigade from 1836-41. He also held several local and county offices and was a state senator. He first came to Texas in 1854 to Cherokee County. By 1856, he was in Freestone County in business in the growing town of Troy. He died in 1857, leaving no record other than his headstone at Fairfield Cemetery. William Huckaby was in Texas at least before 1860. He enlisted in the Civil War, and end up in Company G, which formed in Freestone County in 1861. He was captured in early 1862 and released later that year. Returning to Fairfield, he joined another company and served until 1864.Later that year, Huckaby married Bradbury’s youngest daughter, Martha Lee in

This photo is of the meeting of General Hezekiah Bradbury's great-great-greatgrandson, Brian Blake of Rockwall, with the descendants of John Fuller Huckaby. First meeting of the two families at the Fairfield Cemetery, possibly since the death of General Bradbury in 1857. Shown in this photo taken March 6 are, from left, Barbara Fryer Price, Brian Blake, John Fryer, Frank Huckaby Parker, and Joe Parker. Contributed photo

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