In the book "A Stake in the Prairie" by the
Mesquite Texas Historical Society it states:
Alanson Dowdy, born in Illinois, came to the
colony as a single man but married before 1850. He claimed 640 acres, half of which he
sold unlocated, a tract located the buyer,
5 1/2 miles south of the Beeman's tract, one
corner reaching across the Trinity river.
Years later a ferry was begun at this point and was called Dowdy Ferry, though we have
no indication that Alanson Dowdy lived there.
Later the crossing was bridged, and the road
was called Dowdy Ferry Road. Dowdy located the tract which he kept in Robertson county , across the river.
This is now in Dallas County and south of
the city of Dallas close to Interstate Hwy
45. I live close to the bridge and if I can be of any help please let me know.
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