James J. Beeman, pioneer settler, the son of James Beeman, was born on December 21, 1816, in Calhoun County, Illinois. On December 6, 1840, he arrived in Texas and settled near Dalby Springs in Red River County. In 1846 he was elected justice of the peace in Dallas County. After an unsuccessful gold venture in California in 1849, he returned to Dallas County. He settled in 1855 in what later became Parker County, worked as a cabinetmaker, and set up a small store on the Fort Worth-Fort Belknap road five miles north of the site of present Weatherford. The first county court in Parker County was held in a post oak grove at his home on June 2, 1856. On February 17, 1858, he moved his store to Weatherford and became postmaster. Beeman again moved to Dallas County in 1864. He died in Lampasas County on December 7, 1888. In Illinois he married Sarah Crawford, who came with him to Texas; after her death he married Elizabeth Baker, a teacher in Dallas County.
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Dallas/Fort Worth Region
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Fred R. Cotten,
“Beeman, James J.,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
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