Marker Details

Benson, Ellis

2911 Washington Avenue

Houston , 77007

Marker installed Jan. 2010 per Bernice Mistrot, dedication pending
Directions: Section B, Plot WC-B-113 E 1/2 in Washington Cemetery; turn right at second road from east-west Glenwood entrance road, approx. 40 yards north of east-west road on left

Key Time Period: 1836 - 1845 Republic of Texas

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Marker Text: Ellis Benson (1813-1896), a veteran of the Texas revolution and participant in the battle of San Jacinto, was born in Vermont. Before immigrating to Texas, he fought in the Black Hawk War (1832) in Illinois. By 1835, Benson was in New Orleans, where Captain Amasa Turner recruited his services for the Texas Army.

Arriving in Texas in January 1836, Benson served under Capt. Turner in Company B, First Regiment of regular infantry. The unit received orders to march to San Antonio, but after the fall of the Alamo, was reassigned to join the main army under General Sam Houston at Beason’s Ferry (near present day Columbus) on the Colorado River. The army marched towards Harrisburg and fought in the battle of San Jacinto, the final military event of the revolution. During the fight, Benson handled one of the "Twin Sisters," cannons donated by the city of Cincinnati which were vital in securing victory in the battle.

Following the war, Benson continued to serve in the military. Under Capt. Reuben Ross, he aided in patrolling south Texas during Mexico’s struggles with civil war and was wounded during the Battle of Alcantra in 1839.

Afterwards, Benson settled in Houston and worked as a carpenter. In 1848, he married Elizabeth Ritchie (1819-1894), a native of Germany; the couple had one daughter. Benson was elected as county constable in 1858 and was twice elected as county coroner. He also served two years in Company K, 20th Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army, during the civil war, working on railroad equipment. Today he is remembered as a patriot and leader, contributing and serving during times of war and peace. (2008)

Marker is property of the State of Texas

(monument reverse)

ELLIS BENSON Born in Vermont February 8, 1813

Black Hawk War, 1832

Served in Captain Isaac Moreland's artillery Company at San Jacinto

Wounded at Battle of Alcantra, 1839

Harris County Constable 1858-1859

Harris County Coroner 1860-1863

20th Texas Infantry, CSA 1863-1865

Died in Houston October 26, 1896

Washington Cemetery Historic Trust - 2008
Marker Type: Marker on Monument
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)

Key Map Information: 493 J

GPS Coordinates: 29 45.555, 95 23.183

Precinct No: 2

Marker No: 14925