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Farmers Branch in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

David Myers

(October 15, 1797 - March 9, 1853)

David Myers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye
1. David Myers Marker

William Myers (b.1753) and his wife Flora moved from Virginia to Kentucky, where the last of their ten children, David Myers, was born. David married fellow Kentuckian Letitia Reddish (1801-1885) in 1820. They moved to Indiana in 1829 and to Illinois in 1831, where David became a well-established Baptist preacher. In 1843 he was ordained at Taylor's Creek Church in Jersey County, Illinois.

Inspired by the prospect of free land in Texas, David and Letitia traveled south with their children and grandchildren, and on Christmas Eve, 1845, they crossed the Red River into Texas. They settled on a land grant in Peters Colony located 12 miles northwest of the present day city of Dallas.

Myers quickly established himself as a religious leader of the pioneer settlements in this area and on May 10, 1846, organized the Union Baptist Church, the earliest continuing Baptist congregation in Dallas County. He served Union Baptist Church until his death and was instrumental in the establishment of other churches in the area including Bethel, Rowlett Creek, Liberty, and Lonesome Dove. Myers died of pneumonia resulting from exposure to
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cold rain on his return home after delivering a sermon in Collin County.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6794.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1846.
Location. 32° 55.373′ N, 96° 53.52′ W. Marker is in Farmers Branch, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Lane east of William Dodson Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Keenan (a few steps from this marker); Keenan Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Texian Land and Emigration Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch (about 500 feet away); Dallas County's First Methodist Society (about 800 feet away); Gilbert House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bill and Maude Dodson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Webb Chapel Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmers Branch.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Keenan Cemetery, just over the hill towards the east.
David Myers Marker and Grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 3, 2020
2. David Myers Marker and Grave
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 29, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2023