Elbert & Mary Early  

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Early Citizens of the Republic of Texas


Col. Elbert Early & Mary Anne Dent Early
Elbert Early was born in Christian County, Kentucky on Dec. 4, 1811. He married Mary Anne Dent on May 23,1837 in Holly Springs, Marshall County, Miss. The family moved to the Republic of Texas, Red River County, on Nov. 21, 1839. Elbert and Mary Anne Early were among the first settlers at Fort Lyday. Elbert Early and James Bourland were business partners in Miss. and Tenn. They came to the Republic of Texas in 1839 and purchased land grants in Lamar County. The Fannin County line later cut through the middle of Elbert Early`s property which was also close to Hunt County on the south. In 1841, Early was a lieutenant in the Texas Rangers. He and Bourland were both involved in the 1841 skirmish on Village Creek. In 1844, Early was the second Sheriff of Lamar County. In 1861 as a Fannin Co. delegate to the Texas Secession convention in Austin, he voted to secede. At least two sons and a son in- law served in the Confederacy. He was founder of Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in Ladonia and Dial. Elbert Early and his wife Mary Anne Dent had eleven children, all born in Texas. Elbert died on April 20, 1904. He and his wife are both buried in The Ladonia Cemetery. Mary Early Dishner and Honey Sue Lanham Dodge are descendants of Elbert Early.

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Biographical Information by L.H.P.S.


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