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Horatio Nelson Haskell and Jefferson Peak

Horatio Nelson Haskell and Jefferson Peak

Horatio Nelson Haskell (Haskell Avenue) was born in Kentucky in 1825 and moved to Texas in 1844 after the death of both his parents. He first resided in far south Texas near the mouth of the Rio Grande. He joined the United States Army during the Mexican-American War, taking part in battles from Cerro Gordo to Mexico City. After being honorably discharged at Vera Cruz, he returned to Brownsville, Texas and later to Corpus Christi and San Antonio. At some point he reenlisted in the Army and fought in Indian wars all the way to Utah. He joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War, after which he settled on 33 1/3 acres in Dallas where he resided until his death in 1903. His burial place is unknown. As an aside, a newspaper article in the Wise County Messenger of Decatur, Texas described an incident that occurred in 1898 in which Horatio met his long lost brother, Horace H. Haskell at the Texas State Fair. Horace had initially settled on the Pacific Coast, but had read his brother’s name in the newspaper while he was in Houston and came to Dallas to reunite with him. The brothers had not seen one another for 44 years.

Jefferson Peak, Sr. (Peak Street, Carroll Avenue, Junius Street, Worth Street, Victor Street) was born in Kentucky in 1801. He became a merchant and served in the Kentucky legislature. At the outset of the Mexican-American War, he organized a company of soldiers that became part of Gallitin’s Rangers, 1st Kentucky Volunteers. He brought his family to Dallas in 1855 and bought land north of downtown for a farm. In time, this became the town of East Dallas before it was incorporated into Dallas. His former farm became Peak’s Addition. Many streets were named for his children and/or his inlaws. Peak is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery, Masonic Section, Dallas, Texas.

Both of these articles and more appear on our web page Named for Early Dallas Area Residents.