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Bonham in Fannin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bailey Inglish

(CA. 1797-1867)

 
 
Bailey Inglish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
1. Bailey Inglish Marker
Inscription.  In 1837, Bailey Inglish moved his family to this area from western Arkansas, where he had been an influential leader of pioneer settlers. Here he was active in the formation of Fannin County, serving on the land board and later as chief justice. To guard against repeated Indian raids, he built a fort on his land for area residents. The settlement that developed, first known as Bois d'Arc, became Bonham. Inglish was instrumental in its early growth through active public service and donations of land for town lots, a cemetery, and a female seminary.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8902.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionEducationNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 33° 34.661′ N, 96° 11.329′ W. Marker is in Bonham, Texas, in Fannin County. Marker
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is at the intersection of West Sam Rayburn Drive (State Highway 56) and Chinner Street, on the right when traveling west on West Sam Rayburn Drive. Marker is located on the Fort Inglish Museum grounds, near the southeast corner of the Fort, facing south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bonham TX 75418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam Rayburn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Headquarters Northern Sub-District of Texas, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); John P. Simpson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Home of Pioneer Banker A.B. Scarborough (approx. 0.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Bonham (approx. half a mile away); First National Bank (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonham.
 
Also see . . .  Bailey Inglish, founder of Bonham. In the late winter of 1836 Inglish, five of his children, and at least eight other families left Arkansas for Texas. The group arrived in the central part of what is now Fannin County late in March, and Inglish staked claim to land bordering Bois d'Arc Creek. Because of Indian raids in the vicinity, Inglish and several of his neighbors constructed a fortified blockhouse and stockade on Inglish's land. Although several families took refuge in Fort Inglish over the next several years, only one documented raid
Bailey Inglish Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
2. Bailey Inglish Marker (wide view)
ever took place there. The fort served as a nucleus for a small frontier village, also called Fort Inglish in the late 1830s. In 1840 a post office was established at the fort, and Inglish was appointed postmaster. (Submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Fort Inglish Museum (<i>wide view; marker visible at southeast corner of the fort</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
3. Fort Inglish Museum (wide view; marker visible at southeast corner of the fort)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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