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Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Beeson
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1847
Death: Sep. 31, 1889
Llano County
Texas, USA

The information below was contributed by Richard Beason

Born on 20 Apr 1847, probably in Colorado County to Abel and Delores Beeson, Grandson of Benjamin Beeson, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists
Died 30 Sep 1889, at Llano, Texas as a result of gun shoot wounds suffered in shoot out with his brother-in-law, M.C. Roberts
He first married Lana Dethrich (1850-1875) on 15 Jan 1870 in Caldwell County and they had one daughter, Lena Beeson (1872-1892). His second marriage was to Sarah M. (1859-1894) whose maiden name is unknown.

In the War between the States he served the CSA in Hardeman's Regiment, Texas Cavalry, 31st Cavalry, 1st Regiment, Arizona Brigade.

Ben F Beeson was involved in the Mason County War (1874-1878) also know as the "Hoo Doo" War, as a deputy of Llano County Sheriff J.J. Bozarth. He and Miles Barler caught up with Henry Hoy, a man charged with the theft of cattle by the Texas Rangers, in San Saba County. Hoy was killed in the incident. Barler and Beeson were charged with the murder of Hoy. They received a change of venue to Lampasas County, but at the trial the lone witness against them, A. K. Scott, a compatriot of Hoy's who was shot during the same incident, failed to show up and both men were acquitted.

Galveston Daily News
October 3, 1877
Dispatch: Application for writ of habeas corpus in the case of Miles Barler and Ben Beeson, charged with the murder of Henry Hoy in San Saba county a few weeks since was heard before Judge Blackburn on Tuesday, and Barler was admitted to bail in the sum of $10,000 and Beeson in the sum of $4000.

Elected Llano County Sherrif in 1884 re-elected in 1886, he resigned in July 1887 after being fined by the County Commissioners. The Llano County Commissioners minutes reveal Beeson was fined $25.00 for ignoring an order not to allow use of courthouse for anything other than county business. (He allowed a debate to take place there.) His brother-in-law, M. C. Roberts, was appointed to replace him and served the remainder of the term.

The story of the shoot-out that caused his death begins with the report below, attributed to a past Llano Newspaper, The Llano Iron City News.

"Last Monday Ben F. Beeson and M. C. Roberts, two ex-sheriffs of Llano county met in front of Swanson's Clothing Emporium, on the north side of the Public Square, and a duel with pistols ensued. Seven shots were fired, five of which took effect, Mr. Beeson being instantly killed and Mr. Roberts receiving a painful and perhaps dangerous wound. Beeson was shot four times; two of the balls making scalp wounds, another disabling his right arm, and the fourth passing through his head, just in rear of the ears, causing almost instant death. Roberts was hit but once the ball entering the right cheek near the nose and ranging down, broke the upper and lower jawbones, knocking out several teeth and lodging in the neck near the surface. At least a part of the ball lodged there. The contact with the teeth cut the ball in two pieces, one of them passing to the middle of the back and lodging between the shoulders, just under the skin. This sad occurrence is regretted by the whole community, as both men had many friends in the county. The shooting was the result of a misunderstanding of several years standing. Justice W.R. Hadley, Monday afternoon held an inquest over the body of Mr. Beeson and from the evidence rendered a verdict is that the deceased came to his death from a shotgun wound inflicted by Mr. Roberts."

Further research reveals the two men were not only brothers-in-law, but also step brothers! Roberts was married to Beeson's sister and Roberts' father married Beeson's mother. Caldwell County, TX records show M. C. Roberts married Nora L. Beeson on 13 Dec 1866 and four months later Roberts' father, Abraham married Delorous Beeson, the mother of both Nora and Benjamin.

Ben F. Beeson and M. C. Roberts are both buried in Llano City Cemetery. They rest not far from each other in death, as they were in life. In another twist, Beeson's gravestone states his death as September 31, but September has only 30 days. In September 1889, the 30th was on a Monday as stated in the first article above.
Family links: 
  Dolores Roberts (1820 - 1894)
  Sarah M. Beeson (1856 - 1894)*
  Lena E. Beeson (1871 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Llano City Cemetery
Llano County
Texas, USA
Plot: BLK G Old Section
Created by: BettyF
Record added: Jul 29, 2010
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Benjamin Franklin Ben Beeson
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Benjamin Franklin Ben Beeson
Added by: BettyF
Benjamin Franklin Ben Beeson
Added by: BettyF
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