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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 157
ates, and gave them seventeen hundred sections of
land in counties further west, and granted to settlers
of the Colony 640 acres to families and 320
acres to single men over seventeen years old.
BIRTH OF DALLAS
Late in November, 1841, John Neely Bryan, a
Tennessean, who had spent some time in the settlements
on Red River, camped alone and erected a
tent on the banks of the Trinity, near the site of the
court house, and remained alone till the succeeding
spring, excepting when visited by persons looking
at the country. In the spring of 1842, several other
families having in the meantime arrived at Bird's
Fort, the families of Capt. Gilbert first and next
John Beeman-the former in canoes, the latter in
an ox-wagon-abandoned the Fort and removed to
Dallas, that of Beeman to remain permanently, but,
after two or three years, Gilbert returned to Red
River. Mr. Beeman, with his brothers and their
families, had come to Bowie County, Texas, from
Calhoun County, Illinois, in the year 1840, and
thence he had moved out, as stated, to the Fort.
Later in 1842, James J. Beeman, half brother of
John, and family, came directly from Bowie County
to Dallas. A few others came during that year, and
a few single men and prospectors visited the place
in that time. Mr. Bryan finally secured, as his headright,
640 acres of land fronting on the river, long
in its front, where a part of Dallas now stands.
Dallas was named for George M. Dallas, VicePresident.
In the year 1844 James K. Polk and
George M. Dallas were candidates for President and
Vice-President of the United States of America, and
were the champions of the pro-slavery wing of the
Democratic party and favored the annexation of
Texas, and the cry went up during the entire cam-
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