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GHOLSON, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1842–1932). Benjamin Franklin Gholson, the son of Elidia (Anderson) and Albert G. Gholson, was born on November 17, 1842, in the area that later became Falls County, Texas. The family shortly thereafter moved to McLennan County, where they established a community later named Gholson. On October 2, 1858, Gholson joined Capt. John Williams's company of Texas Rangersqv, with which he served until April 5, 1859. On March 4, 1860, he joined Capt. J. M. Smith's company and assisted in the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker. Gholson married Jane Adaline (Adeline) Langford on July 18, 1862. After the Civil War, during which he served in Col. George W. Baylor's Second Texas Cavalry and participated in the retaking of Galveston (see GALVESTON, BATTLE OF), the Gholsons settled on a ranch in Lampasas County. Gholson's ranching activities extended into Hamilton and Coryell counties, and he became prominent as a stockman. During the last years of his life he maintained his home in Evant and was active in the Texas Ex-Rangers Association. He died on April 3, 1932, just a few months before he and his wife would have celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary.


Frontier Times, August 1932. A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893; rpt., St. Louis: Ingmire, 1984).

Carolyn Hyman


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Carolyn Hyman, "GHOLSON, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.