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Dedication ceremony held at cemetary for War of 1812 veteran

(Jan. 26, 2015) On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Craig Austin Rowley Chapter of The Society of the War of 1812 and the John Cavet Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 held a Dedication Ceremony at the William Angus Ferris Cemetery for Benjamin Dye, a veteran of the War of 1812.

Benjamin Dye, a Private in Captain Prince’s Company of the Virginia Militia, died July 20, 1852 and is buried in the Ferris Cemetery – a Texas Historical Commission preservation site located across the street from Alex Sanger Elementary School on St Francis Avenue in Dallas, TX.

Among the guests were Frances James, “the cemetery lady”;  Susanne Starling, author of “Land is the Cry”; and M C Toyer and Alesia Dye Bentley, descendants of Dye who laid the wreath for the family of Benjamin Dye.

The Color Guard was made up of members of the East Fork Trinity Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Craig Austin Rowley Chapter of the Society of the War of 1812; they were dressed in attire that resembled men who fought in the War of 1812. The Color Guard members were Walt Thomas, Montie Monzingo, John Greer, Gerry Gieger, Dan Reed, Bill Watts, Tom Whitelock, Drake Peddie and Peter Rowley.

More than 50 people were in attendance for this dedication.

Submitted by Bill Watts, Education Chairman, East Fork Trinity Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.

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