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Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery

Posted by Ben S. 
Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 10, 2015 08:35AM
Here is an article in this week's White Rock Weekly about Benjamin Dye veteran of the War of 1812. It was an absolute pleasure seeing so many of his descendants there including MC Toyer, his mother and sister. This event was at the Warren Ferris Cemetery on St Francis, just a few blocks from White Rock Lake.

[www.whiterocklakeweekly.com]

Great write up by one of the local residents at the link with detailed history.

Some video I shot as well, photo I took made the article at the link:
[www.youtube.com]

Afterwards got to talk to the honor guard, talk muskets and talk history which was a lot of fun. One of the muskets at the event was used in the War of 1812.
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 17, 2015 07:50PM
Ben, thanks for posting this. Quite interesting.

Dave McNeely
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 17, 2015 07:55PM
How is it that a veteran of the War of 1812 came to Texas? I guess the same as Crockett and Travis. Jim
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 17, 2015 08:25PM
jgoodman Wrote:
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> How is it that a veteran of the War of 1812 came
> to Texas? I guess the same as Crockett and Travis.
> Jim


Many of the first Texas pioneers seemed to have a sense of adventure about them and it's no surprise that so many veterans of wars ended up in Texas. Whole families and extended families moved here as well. Uncles, cousins and distant relatives in different waves.

That event at the Ferris Cemetery was great.
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 18, 2015 07:57PM
The West was unexplored. Too much contention and bad feelings in the East. The East was getting to be a little bit like Europe. Jim.
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 19, 2015 01:29PM
It was mostly about the land: abundant, free or cheap.

Land was the main currency of the fledgling Republic of Texas. Donation and bounty grants were used the repay the citizen and soldiers who supported and fought in the 1836 Revolution and later conflicts. To raise cash Toby Scrip was sold by agents throughout the United States which the purchaser could redeem for any unclaimed land in Texas. Mexico's policy of offering free land to encourage immigration was continued though the size if the grants diminished over time. Later, Texas counties offered redemption grants for unclaimed land within their boundaries.

The scrip was also to finance harbors, highways and schools and land was granted to the Railroads along their right of way which they sold and/or developed. 3 million acres were traded for construction of the state capitol.

Sam Houston offered the Mormons extensive free lands in the Nueces Strip to create a defensive barrier against Mexico and hostile Indians.

John Beeman, whose son William would later marry Benjamin Dye's daughter Martha, bought 640 acres of scrip in Illinois in 1837 for 15 cents an acre. Some of his relatives and neighbors had already gone to Texas before the Revolution and many more would follow in the next several decades. John came in 1840 with several families and single men, most of whom located their claims in the future Dallas and Collin counties. The heads of family and single adult males were each entitled to 640 or 320 acres. Contract immigration companies like the Peters Colony offered similar free grants. Beeman and his extended family would acquire nearly 10,000 acres, mostly along White Rock Creek. I was born 100 years too late for his good fortune.


And, as Ben and Jim said: Independence, Freedom and Adventure. Sounds a lot like Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and Manifest Destiny.
Re: Benjamin Dye Grave Marker Dedication at Warren Ferris Cemetery
February 19, 2015 08:11PM
What was Toby Script? Jim
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