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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

They'd Be Crazy Not to Attend

The first settler of Dallas, Texas, ended his days as an inmate at the State Lunatic Asylum, and was buried in an unmarked grave. On Saturday, John Neely Bryan's descendants will gather to dedicate a headstone somewhere near where he might be buried.

Family historian M.C. Toyer of Pilot Point will present a brief biography of John on Saturday. He has doubts about ever finding his grave – not after 129 years. "It's just not feasible," he said. "I don't think there's much there."

For him, it's enough that the general area of John's interment has been found and that he will have a headstone.

It's a modest stone marker noting John's service as a private in the Confederate Army. At the bottom, it simply says: "Founder of Dallas Texas." [Link]

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