15 March 2018 15:04 น. news ,

When Emily and John Beeman, with their family, arrived in Nacogdoches County (from which Dallas County was formed), they moved directly onto a tract of land consisting of approximately 640 acres. From July 1841 the family lived on this land believing it to be public domain.  On or about October 21, 1844 John Beeman discovered that the land was a part of the Thomas Lagow League, and therefore, not subject to preemption or location. On that date he contracted with Lagow for the purchase of 639.97 acres and Lagow executed to Beeman his bond for title to the land.

J J Beeman Trail

J J Beeman Trail

Before a deed could be executed Lagow died. He left a will, however, which provided that William T. Sadler, executor, should, in the event of his death, make deed to any person in whose favor he had executed bonds for title. Thus, on November 5, 1850 Sadler did execute and deliver to John a deed to the said acres of land and thereby vest in Beeman the full and final title in and to said land.

This information was taken from an affidavit given to J.S.W. (commonly known as Scott Beeman), a son of Emily and John. It was given on July 18, 1906, and the full statement was recorded and filed on July 19, 1906 in Book 363, page 506, of the Deed Records of Dallas County.

I found it interesting in reading the abstract that the actual bond for title that Thomas Lagow had given John Beeman could not be found or verified. But the friendship and trust that existed between the two families held up, and the instructions Mr. Lagow had given his attorney were carried out.

Photo: Photo: Part of Trinity Trails Preserve, Dallas County, Texas. Courtesy Dallas Parks Department.
By Janette B. Barr for Dallas County Pioneer’s Proud Heritage, Volume III.