Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 153 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
so forth, we give the following from his history:
t Tile actual settlement of Dallas county
begal in tlhe spring of 1842, w!enr the first
cabin was erected and the families of John
BIeeman and Captain Gilbert were the first
to arrive (Mrs. 3Martha Gilbert being the first
Amiericaun lady) and relieve the loneliness of
thie adventurous and true-hearted avant
coureur, Jolln Neely Boyan, who had for five
or six months been ' monarch of all le surveyedl,'
provided, he neither surveyed red
men of the forest nor the raging Trinity on
o0e1 of its periodic ' spreads.' Ie entertained
them with the best he had-chiefly bear
meat and lloney--perhaps without recalling
tie adage about ' entertaining angels unawares,
yet, it was verified in this case, for,
ere a great while, the lonely son of Tennessee
gave his leart and hand to a comely and
pure.-earted laughterr of Illinois, in the
lprson of Margaret, a daughter of of r. John
In 184t2, besides Jamles J. Beeman and
fainlily, the families of Thomas Keenan,
Preston Witt, Alexander W. Webb, John H.
Cox lPerry (vertoi and others, arrived. The
family of William M. Cochran came in March,
1813. In May cmie the family of Dr. John
(ule, witl his grown sons, Calvin G., John
H1. and J!ancs M., and other clhildren;l and il
1)ceme!i*r, George W. Glover and family,
Elier Amon MeCCommas and grown sons,
lohnl, Elisiha, Stelhen B., and llis brothers
Stelpen B1. "and Johl C., George L. Leonard
aid family and otlihrs.
other miemlbers of the Cox fituaily,
the Cameron family, Isaac B. Webb and
family, the Jenkins family, the Harwood
family, the Rawlins family and many others
In 1845 came William H. Iord and family,
William B. Elam and family, W. Hamp Witt
and family, Thomas M. Ellis and family,
John H. Daniel, D. W. Reedy, the Haught
brothers, Adam C., Peter and Samuel A.,
with their families, John W. Smith and
James M. Patterson (afterward the wellknown
first merchants of Dallas) both from
Green county, Kentucky; John Thomas, wife,
grown sons and daughters, from Missouri;
James A. Coats, Marion A., and Thomas D.
Coats, John C. McCoy, and others.
Among those arriving in 1846, were the
families of Samuel Beeman, Mrs. Mary Ann
Freeman, Obadiah' W. Knight, William
Traughber, I. N. Webb, John R. Fondren,
Thomas Collins, James Collins (brothers),
Albert G. Collins, Rev. James A. Smith, R.
E. Rawlins and other members of the Rawlins
family, Wormley Carter, Asher W.
Carter, John Anderson, Marquis de Lafayette
Gracy (single) and many others.
From the history of this venerable historian,
also, we take by permission the following
list of names of all the settlers of
Dallas county, reaching from the earliest
settlement in 1841 to 1850, arranged alphabetically:
SETTrLRS OF DALLAS COUNTY 1841-'50.
Allen, Simon Bolivar, merchant, in 1848,
lives in Bonham.
Atterberry, James and family.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/153/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.