The Kemp Sketch
BEASON, LEANDER -- One of the seven children of Benjamin Beason, one of the "Old Three Hundred" of Austin's Colonists. Benjamin Beason received title to a league of land situated in the present County of Colorado two leagues from the Atascocita crossing of the Colorado River, August 7, 1824. His estate was probated in Colorado County in 1837 with Leander Beason and W. B. De Wees as administrators. Mr. De Wees had married Mary Ann Beason, daughter of Benjamin Beason. A Headright Certificate was for one labor of land was issued in Mr. Beason's name in 1838 and in it, it is stated that he came to Texas in 1833. This, however, was probably a mistake.
In the Headright Certificate issued to Leander Beason December 21, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Colorado County Board of Land Commissioners it is simply stated that he came to Texas prior to May 2, 1835.
Mr. Beason was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers by the records of the General Land Office do not show that he received the 640 acres of donation land due him for having participated in the battle. On December 21, 1839 he received Bounty Certificate No. 9366 for 320 acres of land for his services in the any from February 25 to May 25, 1836.
An Act of the Texas Legislature approved by the Governor, February 1, 1845 legalized Leander Beason, illegitimate infant of Leander Beason and Martha Jane Pace. (Gammel's Laws of Texas, Vol. 2, p. 1110. ) Martha Jane Pace later married a Mr. Brown.
The Probate Records of Colorado County show that Mr. Beason made his will in 1856 and died in Colorado County in January, 1857. In his will he requested that his wife, Mrs. Rebecca A. Beason be appointed administratrix of his estate. The graves of Mr. and Mrs. Beason are lost.
Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.
- Died in Battle: No
- Rank: Private
- Company: Capt. William J. E. Heard
- Alternate Names: Beeson
- Came to Texas: 1824?
- Date of Death: 1857 Jan
- Comments: May have fought in the Mexican War.
- Bounty Certificate: 9366
- Wife: Rebecca A. Beason
- Children: Leander Beason, child of Martha Jane Pace