Pioneers - Hugh H. Galbraith

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Hugh H. Galbraith


[Source: An Addition to Memorial & Biographical History of Ellis County, Lewis  Publishing Co. Chicago., 1892; Pub. By Ellis County Historical Museum & Art Gallery, Inc.]

Hugh H. Galbraith was born December 3, 1842 in Owensound, Ontario, Canada. He married Mary Ann Richardson in 1870. Her parents were Tom Richardson born in Ireland on November 3, 1824 and Mary Jane Richardson born in England in 1821.

Hugh and Mary Galbraith came to Ellis County in 1882 along with several families of Richardsons. Five children accompanied the Hugh Galbraiths: Minnie, age ten; Fred, age eight; Tom, age six; Addie, age four, and Oscar, age two.

When the family crossed the Red River they were asked what kind of land they wanted, to which Hugh Galbraith replied, "No land. A Presbyterian Church." They were directed to Mill Creek and found Milford where they camped in the yard of the First Presbyterian Church which was built in 1860.

Minnie married Wilson Edwards in 1890, Fred became a Presbyterian minister, Tom married Lovie Neal and became a well known architect, Addie married Nellie Hampton, and Oscar married Doyle Scott.

Hugh Galbraith was a builder of homes, churches, schools, and hotels. In 1890, he constructed the first school in Milford which was the Milford Academy.


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