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Notes for Hiram DAILY

Hiram was a minister.

Residences & events:

1840 Carter Co, TN. At census time he was 30-40 years old and had in the family: 1 male aged 5-10, 1 at 10-15, 2 were 20-30, 2 females under 5, 1 was 10-15, 2 at 15-20, and 1 at 30-40. His mother lived next door and a little farther down the road was Catherine Daily, the widow of brother James.

8/22/1850 Dist Smyth Co, VA was his address by the next census time. His mother had died and spinster sister Catherine came to live with him. He was recorded at age 51, born VA, occupation of physician, with real estate worth $5000. Living with him were Saray Ann, 26, born VA, Nancy Ann, 26, born TN, David, 18, born TN, farmer, Mary C, 15, born TN, Sarah E, 13, born TN, Ann Eliza, 10, born VA, John C, 3, born VA, William H, 2, born VA, and sister Catherine Daily, 53, also born VA.

1851 West Liberty, Morgan Co, KY. There he was minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South of the West Liberty Dist of KY Conference.

1852 Denton Co, TX

From the History of Bolivar, TX:

The town of Bolivar was laid out by Dr. Hiram Daily in 1852 and Bolivar Cemetery was established east of Main Street on high ground across a small branch, being the same site the cemetery has now occupied for some 145 years.

Bolivar Cemetery is located on FM 455 northwest of Denton, Texas, via 1-35 north 12 miles to Sanger then via FM 455 west 3.7 miles. It is about 756 feet west of the northeast corner of J. B. Reed Survey A-1086 then 862 feet south; 384 feet west; 862 feet north; 384 feet east to beginning containing some 7.61 acres of land. There are many unmarked graves; however, the earliest interment identified by a monument is of Zolly Cofer Waide (January 13, 1863--May 14, 1863). Veterans of the Mexican American War, Civil War, World War I, World War II,Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War are interred here. Other than the Government
-issued markers, momments, range from the very elaborate to simple home-made
tombstones and marked rocks.

Dr. Hiram Daily, who was not only a physician but also a Methodist minister and store proprietor, first established Clear Creek Settlement in a bend just south of Bolivar; but it was wiped out by black smallpox. The Cash Settlement where the stagecoach driver rested and changed horses was only a few miles north; nevertheless Dr. Daily obtained land in the southeast comer of the John Yoakum Survey that was accessible to Clear Creek about one-half mile north of his original settlement. He called the town "New Prospect". There was some dispute over the name of the town; and Ben Brown of Bolivar, Tennessee, who settled north of town near the big Chisum ranch, suggested it be named "Bolivar." An election was held to settle the matter and the Tennessean exchanged mugs of rum for votes - "Bolivar" won! Good water, plentiful timber, a scenic plateau, being closer to the County Seat, and having a local minister-preacher-store owner were all reasons for Bolivar prosper.

And the Handbook of TX Online says:

BOLIVAR, TEXAS (Denton County). Bolivar, at the intersection of Farm roads 2450 and 455, fourteen miles northwest of Denton in Denton County, was founded in 1859. William Crawford sold the site to Hiram Daily, a Methodist minister and doctor, who opened a general store, laid out the town, and called it New Prospect. In 1861 Ben Brown, a farmer, who had moved from Bolivar, Tennessee, suggested the renaming of the town and persuaded residents to vote for the name Bolivar by providing them free drinks. John Simpson Chisumqv ranched near Bolivar but moved his herds in 1863 to West Texas. Bolivar was only three miles east of the Chisholm Trail,qv which ran through the Wilson, Forester, Chisum, and Waide ranches. Cowboys on the trail came to Bolivar to stay at its hotel and patronize its saloons.

Children's birth places seem to verify the later date as the time of the move to TX.

7/16/1860 PO Carter, Denton Co, TX. That year at census time Hiram was a 62 year old physician with property worth $2000/500. Wife Sarah A was 33 and the family had grown to include John C, 10, William H, 8, Ann E, 6, Frances C, 5, Hiram, 4, Walter F, 3, and Sarah, 2, as well as 17 year old Malachi Parish, hired hand. They were the only Dailys in the county.

After Dr. Daily retired, Dr. Ervin Howard moved his wife and nine children to Bolivar in 1873.

8/1870 PO Fayetteville, Clear Creek Twp, Washington Co, AR. Hiram must have left the town without a physician for a few years as he had moved before the next census. He was 73, still practicing medicine, and wife Sarah was 40. In the household were sons WH (William), 22, HM, 15, and WP, 13, daughters Sarah, 12, MA, 10, Eli (should be Ella), 10, and Dora, 5. Also counted there was John Watkins, 19, laborer.

6/1/1880 Springdale Twp, Washington Co, AR. Whether they had moved again or township lines shifted is unknown but the census taker found them there and recorded Hiram, 82, physican, Sarah A, 48, Hiram A, 25, merchant, daughter Sarah C Roberts, 20, her husband Jens C, 27, farmer, daughters Ann M, 17, Ella L, 15, and Dora B, 13.

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