Montgomery in Montgomery County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Former Homesite of Joseph L. Bennett
Joseph L. Bennett, who came to Texas in 1834 and settled in this area, joined the Texas army in early 1836. As captain of a company of local volunteers, he left this area about March 1, 1836, to lead his troops to aid Texan forces at the Alamo. Upon reaching the Colorado River he learned of the fall of the Alamo, and so discontinued the mission. He soon joined with Sam Houston's main army and in April was elected Lt. Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Volunteers, the company he commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Bennett received land grants in payment for his military service, and in 1837 President Sam Houston appointed him to command a frontier defense unit. Elected by Montgomery County voters to the Republic of Texas Congress, he served for two terms, 1838-1840. He briefly resumed military service in 1842 as a member of the Somervell Expedition against Mexico.
Bennett also was active in local civic affairs, serving as mail carrier from Houston to Montgomery, county commissioner and supporter of area schools. He moved his family to his headright land grant in present Navarro and Freestone counties in 1848. He died later
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7865.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence.
Location. 30° 22.95′ N, 95° 39.07′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Texas, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 105 and Cape Conroe Drive, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 105. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18700 Hwy 105, Montgomery TX 77356, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. N. H. Davis Cottage (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lake Creek Settlement (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Railroad in Montgomery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Davis Law Office (approx. 2.7 miles away); Town of Montgomery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Charles Bellinger Stewart (approx. 2.8 miles away); First State Bank (approx. 2.8 miles away); Montgomery County Jail (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
More about this marker. Marker is awkwardly placed immediately at the entrance to the Wal Mart parking lot. There is no parking near the site. To access, park in the Wal Mart lot and walk up the entrance.
Also see . . .
1. Biography and related documents - Col. J.L. Bennett. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by Tim Childress of Arlington, Texas.)
2. Joseph L. Bennett - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by Tim Childress of Arlington, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Tim Childress of Arlington, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,201 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Tim Childress of Arlington, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.