Hudson Posey Benningfield, pioneer Red River County settler, was born near Nashville, Tennessee, around 1810. Around 1816 he moved with his family to the Red River valley in Arkansas. Around 1820 they crossed the river with Charles Burkham and settled in what became known as the Burkham Settlement in northeastern Red River County, Texas. In 1833 Benningfield married Susannah Burkham Baker, widow of James Baker. During the Mexican War Benningfield served in Capt. Samuel W. Simms's company of Texas volunteers along with his brother-in-law Ahijah Burkham. In the 1860 census Benningfield is listed as a farmer, age fifty, with personal property valued at $3,000 and six children. After the Civil War he moved to Atascosa County, where he evidently died around 1885.
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Pat B. Clark, The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort, 1937). Claude V. Hall, "Early Days in Red River County," East Texas State Teachers College Bulletin 14 (June 1931). Red River Recollections (Clarksville, Texas: Red River County Historical Society, 1986). Rex W. Strickland, Anglo-American Activities in Northeastern Texas, 1803–1845 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1937).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Benningfield, Hudson Posey,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 21, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994
Most Recent Revision Date:
November 30, 2018