David Houston Benton was born April 22, 1849 in Springfield, Mo. He was the son of Able and Rhoda Benton. He moved to Texas with his parent when a boy. The family located in Red River County and lived there for several years. On July 7, 1874 he married Anna D. Hinson at Bogata, Texas. Anna Hinson was born August 22, 1854 in Georgia. They lived in Red River County several years then moved to Coleman County then to Tom Green County. In 1905, D. H. Benton came to Crosby County looking for new land to farm and bought six sections (3840 acres) of land from a cattle company, located abut five miles east and south of Emma. He paid approximately four dollars per acre for the unbroken land.
Uncle Dave Benton came out about six months before moving his family, bringing a carpenter, Mr. Lyons, with him to build a house for his family to live in. Later a large two-story house was built and it was known as the Benton Family Home until it burned in the 1960´s. In Nov. 1905 the family all moved to Crosby County by wagons.
Dave and Anna Benton had ten children, James Lee (1875-1938) married Margie Moore (1880-1970); Louella (1877-1920) married Will F. Strange; Peter G. (1879-1883) died when a child; Emma L. (1882-1960) married D. Y. Blanton; Eula May (1883-1975) married Richard H. Banowsky; Charley Mabry (1886-1951) married Ruby H. Parks (1887-1963); David L. (1888-1954) married Lenna Oldham (living); Mattye Dera (1890-1948) married Lewis W. Chance; Claude (1892-1959) married Oma Lee Travis (living); and Maude (1892-1967) married James M. Rankin.
Uncle Dave Benton farmed part of his land until 1918. Anna Benton died September 1, 1916. In the fall of 1918, Dave and his only child at home, Maude moved to Ralls to live in town. On September 22, 1920, he married Ella Murphy (1865-1949). They lived in Ralls until his death, March 29, 1936. Ella Benton continued to live in the old home until her death October 24 1949. Dave and Anna Benton are buried in Ralls cemetery, as well as Ella Benton.
Several of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Uncle Dave Benton still farm parts of the original land he bought in 1905. They include Margaret and Harold Moore, Gary Jordan, Raymond Chance, Kenny Chance and Joe Rankin.
Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.Transcribed by Cheryl McDonald
This story is written by Anna Benton.
My father was one of the children of Dave and Anna Benton. He was Charley Mabry Benton. He and my mother, Ruby H. Parks, were married at San Angelo November 16, 1905, while sitting in a buggy in front of Tom Green County Courthouse. They came with the Dave Benton family when they moved to Crosby County in the fall of 1905. After living in Terry County several years, they moved back to Friona and to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, but moved back to Crosby County, in 1921.
Charley farmed part of the original land that his father bought for many years. In 1940 they moved to Ropes and farmed there until his death March 3, 1951, Ruby lived in Lubbock until her death November 9,1963. Both are buried in Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock.
This couple had nine children, Parks H. Benton (married Jewell Brown); Lillie May Benton (married Henry Breland); Russell E. Benton (married Mavis Perkins); Anna E. Benton; Ruth V. Benton (married Ferris "Shorty" Jordan); Mary Frances Benton (married Jack Dalton Forbis); Ruby Lucille Benton (married Milton "Pete" Pace); Margaret Ella Benton (married Harold J. Moore); and Charles M. Benton, Jr. (married Gladys Pair). They have 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, (1977). I, Anna Benton, have retired after working in Abilene and Lubbock the past 40 years. My home is in Ralls.(Anna Benton)
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