There were apparently several Dyesses in Bell County. My connection is to John Patton Dyess, one of sons of James Patton Dyess. He is my grandfather. Born Dec. 12, 1852, died Dec. 8, 1934. Married to Gertrude Kate Theodosia Drake on Dec. 9, 1885. John Patton had 5 sons and 1 daughter who died at 15. If interest in this family can help, also background on James, his father, who died April 26, 1860 and is buried in Liberty Hill, La.