Information transcribed from "The Southland" Vol. XII. No 1 Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892. Furnished by Sibyl Creasey.
Is of German-Irish extraction. His grandfather came from Germany, and his mother's grandfather came from Ireland. Dr. J. L. Vineyard is his father, and in the regular practice now at the age of 76 years. Our subject was born June 1, 1854, in the old Alabama home. His education was interrupted by the war, but he had a good experience and many lessons in agriculture and successful farming. Miss Mary Cumbie was an orphan and was born December 19, 1857. They were married December 21, 1876. The following year they moved to Texas. They stopped in Smith County two years, but came to Van Zandt in 1879. He landed in Lindale with $74.25, so that he furnishes a most excellent example of what can be accomplished in farm life here. They have had nine children, seven of whom are living. In 1888 they were burned out entirely, but soon recovered, and now have a beautiful and comfortable home on 319 acres of excellent land, three residences on the tract and 120 acres in cultivation, plenty of stock, with wagons, buggies, farming implements, etc., besides several hundred dollars at interest. He is proud to be able to follow the Scriptural injunction to owe no man. He is a member of the Baptist Church and a Mason. He is a model farmer, and a visit to his home was a joy to us. He is raising principally corn and cotton now, and is succeeding well, and is sure that he (sic) country will develop into a most excellent fruit section. In eleven crops he has never made less than one-half bale to the acre any year, and in 1900 made a bale to the acre all round. He has made forty bushels of corn to the acre. No better farming can be found.