Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 274 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
The history of Dallas is not wrapt in obscurity
like that of the ancient Britons. It is
too modern to have evolved any questions
or doubts about its beginning. It commenced
in 1841, when John Neely Bryan, a
Tennessean by birth, had pitched his tent
not far from the spot now occupied by the
palatial stone courthouse, in a wilderness.
With no companion, no friend, but all alone,
he communed with nature and nature's God,
surrounded as he was with sceneries and landscapes
which were a panorama of beauty in
themselves. Added to these surroundings was
that inexpressible loneliness that even gave
the dying sunset an intenser glow.
In 1842 the families of John Beeman and
Captain Gilbert broke this reign of terrible
loneliness which Mr. Bryan had endured for
several months, and shed sunshine on his
weary and lonesome life. This young Bryan
received these new comers with open arms of
hospitality and gave them of all he had to
eat, chiefly bear-meat and honey.
Shortly after the arrival of these
occurred the first society event in the history
of Dallas county. This brave young Tennessean,
John Neely Bryan, led Margaret, the
daughter of John Beeman, to the matri-'
monial altar. Abandoning his bachelor
quarters in his crude tent, he built himself a
house. These three families, each in their
crude little homes, built here in this wilderness,
first began the great city of Dallas,
which might be appropriately said to have
been founded in "hospitality and matrimony."
This little village grew steadily by
the arrival of new comers from the old States,
noble, true-hearted people, who had come to
seek their own homes, and of course cherished
the fondest and kindest feelings
toward each other, and with whom mutual
action and mutual aid became their order of
Among the first families that came and
joined the three mentioned, and aided in establishing
this town of Dallas, were those
of McComas, Rawlins, Cochran, Bledsoe,
Hord, Crockett, Haught, Parker, Burford,
Thomas, Collins, Carter, Hall, Taylor, Sloan,
Hart, Horton, Cole, Weatherford, Cockrell,
Jenkins, Cameron, Witt, Perry, Marsh,
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/274/: accessed April 19, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.