Joseph Josiah Dyches and Elizabeth Lewis

Joseph Josiah Dyches was born June 15, 1800 in Abbeville district, South Carolina. He was the son of Josiah Dyches and Lucinda (?). He married Elizabeth Lewis July 25, 1833 in Texas. She was born about 1819 in Mississippi. Josiah came to Texas in 1832 from Washington Parish, Louisiana along with his mother, Lucinda. He Served as a private in Captain Logan’s Third Company, Second Volunteer Infantry Regiment for the Republic of Texas in 1836 during the revolution for Texas independence. Elizabeth died in 1862 in Williamson County.

Joseph Josiah Dyches and his wife Elizabeth Lewis Dyches appeared in the Mexican census for Bevil District along with their one year old son, Benjamin Franklin Dyches on May 01, 1835. The Mexican district was named for John Bevil. He is thought to be the first settler in what later became Jasper County and served as a delegate from Bevil to the Consultation, a political convention which was a pre-amble to the war with Mexico. Josiah joined the fight against Mexico in the Texas revolution March 5th, 1836. He served as a private in Captain Logan’s Company. On March 19, 1838, Josiah and Elizabeth got married a second time along with his sister, Jerusha, and David Hutcheson McFadin. Both couples were married by Henry Millard, another veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto and chief justice of the newly formed county of Jefferson. The marriages were recorded in Jefferson County Marriage Book A, page 13.

By 1847, he had moved to Milam county and was on the Tax list for that year paying tax of $2.60 on 4 horses, 170 head of cattle and a yoke of oxen valued at $880. In 1848, Williamson county was formed using part of Milam county. This made him a resident of Williamson County for the rest of his life. The county was formed when the Texas legislature acted upon a petition signed by 107 of the estimated 250 settlers who complained that they needed a seat of government closer than Milam County’s.

He married Mary Henry May September 10, 1863. She was born about 1828 in probably Grenada County, Mississippi. She was formerly married to William may and had a daughter, Tabitha from that marriage. Josiah Dyches died in December 1883. Mary died May 7, 1894 in Williamson County, TX

Children of Joseph Josiah Dyches and Elizabeth Lewis

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DYCHES b. March 17, 1835 in Newton County, TX.
JOYCE ANN DYCHES b. December 08, 1831 in Jefferson County, TX.
CORDELIA LUCINDA DYCHES b. ABT. 1835 in Jefferson County, Texas.
ELIZABETH J. DYCHES b. Abt. 1840, probably in Jefferson County, TX.
JEPTHA DYCHES b. October 11, 1845 in Jefferson County, TX.
ALEXANDER B. DYCHES b. April 11, 1848 in Williamson County, TX.
DANIEL D. DYCHES b. August 17, 1850 in Williamson County, TX.
FELIX DYCHES b. August 17, 1850 in Williamson County, TX.
SHARP DYCHES b. abt. 1855 in Williamson County, TX. d. before 1860 in Williamson County, TX.
WILLIAM DYCHES b. August 17, 1850 in Williamson County, TX.

Genealogical Sources

Jefferson County, Texas Deeds

Land grant title 1835

Joseph Josiah Dyches applied for a land grant in 1835, the tiltle of which is listed in the Spanish Archives of the Texas State General Land Office, Volume 63, page 106, which follows.

Sello I

para el bienio de 1834 & 1835
Dos Reales
Peticion No. 492

Sr. Ganido. Espl. de la empre. de S. E. Lorenzo de Zavala

Josiah Dikes, natural de los Estados Unidos del norte, con el Debido respieto:
Ante v. me presento y dijo: que atraido por las generosas disposiciones de las leyes de colonizacion de este Estado, he venido con mi familia quel consita de mi mujer y de un hijo Siendo casado; aradicanme en el, si en vista de la ad­jun­ta Certifon. v. tuvire a bien, admitirme en clase de Colono, con cediedome la cantidad de tieras que me corresponden en los baldios vital misma.

Postanto: A. V. Suplico sedigme acceden a mi Solicitude, siendo cuanto espero suibir en la natura justifors. wv.

Josiah Dyches

Nacogdoches, Junio 18 de 1835

Provendo: Vase el Inteserado pa. que la Certifon. que acompana al Sano. Emp. a qn. Corruponde pa. que informe sobre la solicitud que antecede. Nacogdoches v. Julio 4, de 1835

Jorge Antonio Nixon
Comd.

Informe: Lan. Comisionado

Certifico que al Inteserado es uno de los Colonas que hal introducido me poder­dante en Cumplimito de la contrata que tiene celebrada con el Supma. Gobne. del Estado enfeihal de 12 del mes de Marco de 1829 Porsanto: A. V. Supleip sesinva atorgar como pide y espedir la orden de mensura de los terrinos que Solicita, Nacogdoches, Agosto 1, de 1835.

Lorenzo de Zavala

per de Ahodo

Arthur Henrie
Decreto: Nacogdoches , Agosto 1, de 1835
Por firesentad y admitido con los Documentos de Compana. El Agrimandos Cuidada­no Arthur Henrie haia praitiar la medida del Terreno q. Senale el interesado, con tal que este enteramte. baldio y las notas las examinara traduisiendose en esta oficinal, y reprocedera despices alomar que convenga, asi lo determine y firme con los Tertigas Segn. la leg.

De asista

October 27, 1837 Jefferson County Deed Book D, page 236

Deed to Thomas Huling for 1/2 of his land grant on Pine Bluff island. Witnesses were William C. V. Dashiell, H. D. Littlefield and D. J. Otho Millard, Chief Justice.

Jefferson County Deed Book E, page 132, November 13, 1843

To Jerusha D. Dyches McFadin
A female slave Marsene, aged about 16 years, a slave for life and all my stock of cattle and horses in the following brands number not exactly known.
Witnessed by Wesley D. Cotton

Veteran’s Donation Warrant No. 882

November 12, 1881
Land grant for 1280 acres as a veteran of the Texas Revolution in Greer County Texas.
A dispute between the State of Texas and the U.S. Land Commission resulted in the land being re-allocated to Greer County, Oklahoma.

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