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Gilbert Swineburne

Obituary of A. C. Swineburne, Vernon, Texas.

A. C. Swineburne, pioneer building contractor of Vernon, Tex., died at his home there on May 11, aged seventy-four years. He was born in Salem, Ill., on November 15, 1845, and with his parents to Texas when a child. He served in the Confederate army under Captain Hancock, Polignac's Division, and served with honor and distinction during the four years of war. He took part in the battle of Manassas and other major engagements of his command. It is told of him that on the battle field he once gave a wounded enemy, supposedly in a dying condition, his canteen of water, and years after this man advertised in the Dallas News to find him.

In 1869 Comrade Swineburne was married to Miss Elizabeth Gilbert, of Nacogdoches, with whom he lived happily until his death. To them were born six children, two sons and two daughters surviving him.

In 1884 he and his eldest son installed the first brickyard in Vernon, and from the first brick produced the first jail was erected in 1885; and as a contractor and builder he erected some of the most important buildings of the town in the years following, also filling large contracts with the railroads for bridges, etc.

He was laid to rest in Eastview Cemetery, his old comrades of Camp Cabell, U. C. V., acting as honorary pallbearers.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1920.

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