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Old Bethel Cemetery near Bedias and "the Betsy Ross" of Texas

Mary Meyer (View posts)
Posted: 15 Dec 2001 12:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: DODSON, BRADLEY, QUIRL, MILAM, McWHORTER, ADAMS, ROBINSON, FERGUSON
I don't know if Archelaus Bynum Dodson is in your line of DODSONs, but I can tell you that Jacque Bentsen Hall (jacquedonhall@msn.com) reported that Archelaus (who married Sarah Bradley) gave a plot of land along the Old LaBahia Road near Bedias (a community in Grimes Co. today) for a church, which became known as "Bethel," and also for a burial place. A Presbyterian church and school were there. Maybe it's a Dodson family cemetery. Can someone confirm or deny?

Sarah Dodson was buried there in 1848. The Navasota Chapter DAR erected a granite marker at her gravesite in 1935.

Children of Archelaus and Sarah were Maria Louisa Quirl b 1836, Elizabeth Bradley Dodson b 1838, Milton Milam Dodson b 1839, Harriet Houston McWhorter b 1841, Sarah Welvideer Crawford Adams b 1845, and Thaddeus Constantine Dodson b 1847.

Joe F. Combs in FARM CORNER (in an article on the early history of East Texas published in 1959)
credits Sarah Bradley Dodson as the "Betsy Ross of Texas" because she made the first Texas flag carried by our troops. He called her a great pioneer woman and he called her burial place "old Bethel Cemetery near Bedias in Grimes Co."

Mr. Hall wrote: "After their marriage the couple settled at Harrisburg on Buffalo Bayou"....In 1836, "Archelaus Dodson was discharged from the Army and for several years they lived on the Brazos River in Ft. Bend Co. They moved in 1844 to settle on land in Grimes Co. on Bedias Creeknear the Bedias Settlement. This land was recorded in Grimes Co. TX on a headright certificate issued to Lt. Dodson. For the next 8 years Archelaus served in several minor political offices."

As for the flag, Mr. Hall wrote:
"...when war with Mexico became inevitable and a call went out for volunteer companies to be formed, Harrisburg settlers quickly went into action. An infantry company was organizaed with Andrew Robinson as Captain, Archelaus Dodson, 1st Lt. and James Ferguson, 2nd Lt.

"The women of Harrisburg went into action too, making knapsacks, cartridge belts, and molding bullets, and to Sarah Dodson came the idea of making an appropriate flag for the company. Silk or bunting not being available, she designed the flag of alternate squares of blue, white and red calico, with the blue square adjoining the staff. In the middle of the bue square she affixed a single white star..."

Mary in Bryan
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Carrie Dodson 3 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT 
Mary Meyer 15 Dec 2001 7:11PM GMT 
txwildwind 8 Nov 2004 7:22AM GMT 
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