Daniel Zack Springer & Mary Susan (Burks) Richardson-Springer
Navarro County, Texas


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Daniel Zack Springer

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Mary Susan Burks/Richardson

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Daniel Zack Springer was born 6 January 1871 in Lexington, Lauderdale Co., Alabama to Thomas Springer and Francis A. T. "Mary" Lanier.  He married Mary Alice Hamm, daughter of Augustas and Mary Ann (Tanner) Hamm 14 September 1890 in Cato, Faulkner Co., AR.  They had five children together before Mary died on 25 March 1903 in Cato, Faulkner Co., AR.  She is buried at the Cato Cemetery.  Daniel returned to Florence Alabama and there remarried on 18 October 1903 to Mary Susan (Burks) Richardson, the daughter of Charles and  Priscilla Adaline (Clemmons) Burks, the widow of William Jackson Richardson.  Mary had one son, Thomas Lee Richardson, who returned with them to Cato to join the Springer family.  Daniel and Mary had five children together.  Dan and the family moved to Greenville, Hunt County, Texas to join two of his brothers, Will and Jacob Springer.  It was there that their youngest child, Floy, was born.  By 1920, they had moved to Oklahoma to purchase cheap farming land but the depression hit and they lost everything.  They packed up and moved south to the black dirt country of Navarro County and lived there for several years.  After they daughter, Floy died just after childbirth, they took her new born son, Charles David Williams, to raise.  Dan and Mary worked on a ranch in Freestone County and appears there in the 1940 census.  In 1941 they moved to Farmers Branch, in North Dallas along with several of their now adult children.  Charles David William's father, Charles Edward Williams, remarried and came to take take Charles David back to Navarro County but the family doctor convinced him to leave the sick child with his grandmother.  He convinced Edward that if he took the child, he would certainly die.  Edward died shortly after of Typhoid Fever.   

Daniel Z. Springer died at the home of his son Frank Springer. That day, Ernest, Charles, Frank and others had been swimming. Charles David Williams said Dan had walked up and down the bank and was getting along very well. That night he slept with Mary and Charles. Charles said he was sleeping on one side of the bed, Mary in the middle, and Dan on the other side. Sometime during the night, Dan sat up so suddenly that he woke Charles and Mary, then he fell back in the bed dead.  This was on September 8. 1946.  Dan had requested to be buried back in Navarro County next to his daughter Floy at the Dresden Cemetery.  Mary Springer died 28 July 1966 in Irving, Dallas Co., TX.  She was laid to rest next to Dan and Floy at the Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., Texas.

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Daniel & Mary Alice (Hamm)
Springer Family

The four children in the photo are:
Standing in back is Belton.  In front standing is Anna.
In Alice's lap is Pearl, and on Alice's left is Dora.
(Murphy not born yet)

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Cato Cemetery
Cato, Faulkner Co., Arkansas


Children of Daniel Zack & Mary Alice (Hamm) Springer





Dora Bell Springer 20 Jul 1892 20 Oct 1908 Joseph Cornileus Richardson
Anna Adline Springer 8 May 1894 6 Apr 1930 Joseph Cornileus Richardson
Pearl Dee Springer 26 Dec 1895 11 Feb 1987 Sylvester Hugh Walden
Belton Daniel Springer 30 Aug 1898 26 Feb 1984 Lola Mae Threlkeld
Murphey Samuel Springer 10 Aug 1901 21 Oct 1979 Stella Mae Jackson


Children of William Jackson Richardson & Mary Susan (Burks) Richardson





Thomas Lee Richardson 18 Apr 1898 12 Sep 1977 Anna E. Richardson


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Daniel & Mary Susan (Burks) Springer Family - about 1908

Anna, Dora, Pearl

Belton, Daniel Z, Murphy, Murphey, Mary Susan (Burks/Richardson) Thomas Lee Richardson

Frank, Fred

(Earnest, Idell & Floy not born yet)

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Children of Dan & Mary Springer

Left to Right: Fred, Frank, Idell, Earnest
Front Row: Ollie Walden (grand daughter) and Floy


Children of Daniel Z. & Mary Susan (Burks\Richardson) Springer





Benjamin Frank Springer 25 Feb 1906 9 Dec 1962 Thelma Lois Ray
Fred Redrick Springer 30 Aug 1907 22 Jul 1956 Louie Eleanor Robinson
Earnest Coen Springer 3 Feb 1910 18 Jul 1966 Sarah Kathrine Neal
Florence Idell Springer 29 Nov 1912 23 Jul 1995 Nolan Daniel Forshaw
Floy Springer 16 Mar 1916 9 Sep 1935 Charles Edward Williams



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Dresden Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX


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Dresden Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX

June 16, 1873
July 28, 1966



Daniel Zack Springer, aged 75 years. Farmers Branch, died in Dallas Sunday. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Farmers Branch church. Interment was in the Dresden Cemetery with Rev. Archie Williams in charge. Surviving are his wife of Farmers Branch, five sons, Belton, Murphy, Frank and Fred Springer, all of Dallas, and Ernest Springer Farmers Branch; two daughters Mrs. N.D. Forshaw [FORSHAW], Farmers Branch and Mrs Pearl Walton [WALDEN], Dallas; three brothers, Will Springer, Greenville; Matthew and Jimmie Springer both of Little Rock Ark., and other relatives. Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Springer
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Susan Springer, 93, of 2526 Richland in Farmers Branch were held Friday in the Maple Lawn Baptist Church of which she was a member. Dr. J. T. Lambert officiated for the rites and burial at Dresden Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Mrs. Springer, who died Thursday morning in an Irving rest home after a lengthy illness was a former resident of Blooming Grove. A native of Florence, Ala., she had lived in Farmers Branch 20 years. Survivors include her son, T. L. Richardson of Florence Ala a daughter, Mrs. M. D. [N.D.] Forshaw of Dallas; two stepsons, B. D. Springer and M. S. Springer, both of Lancaster; a step-daughter, Mrs. S.H. Walden of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


1900 Faulkner Co., AR ED 32 Sheet: 8 Line 90
1910 Faulkner Co., AR ED 35 Sheet 2 Line 38
1920 Bryan Co., OK ED 33 Sheet 3A Line 12

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