Ellis (sometimes Elias) Benson, soldier and legislator, was born in Vermont in 1808 and moved to Texas in January 1836. During the Texas Revolution he joined Capt. John Hart's company of volunteers (later commanded by Lt. Richard Roman) at Velasco, on January 30, 1836. On February 13 Benson accepted a bounty of twenty-four dollars and joined the regular army "for two years or the duration of the war." At the battle of San Jacinto he served as a gunner in Capt. Henry Teal's company of Lt. Col. James Clinton Neill's "artillery corps." In December 1836 Benson was a private in Capt. John Smith's Company A of the First Regiment, Regular Infantry, stationed on Galveston Island, but was detached to garrison duty at Anahuac. By February 28 he was still in the army and back at his regular duty station at Galveston. Benson was a member of William Ryon's company on the Somervell expedition. He was also one of the vice presidents of the convention that met on the San Jacinto battlefield on April 21, 1860, to nominate Sam Houston for president. On July 26, 1881, the Texas Veterans Claims Commission approved his application for a veteran's pension. Benson was an active member of the Texas Veterans Association. He died in Houston in 1892.
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Dallas Weekly Herald, July 28, 1881. Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Defenders of the Republic of Texas (Austin: Laurel House, 1989). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Thomas W. Cutrer,
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 25, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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