Jackson County, Georgia native Elijah Valentine Dale arrived in Texas in February, 1836 and almost immediately enrolled in Captain C.W. Vickery's Company at Matagorda on February 22. He was transferred to Captain William Wood's Company on April 11th, just ten days before the Battle of San Jacinto. He was discharged on July 9, 1837 and re-enlisted several times over the next few years; as a soldier in the Republic (September 1839-December 1839), as a member of the ill-fated Somervell Expedition (1842) and as a soldier in the United States Army in the Mexican War where he fought at the Battle of Monterrey (September 21-24, 1846). Dale died at Seguin June 16, 1896, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association and was buried next to his wife Jane.
His 1936 grave marker transposes the death dates of he and his wife: Elijah died June 1896, his wife Jane died December 1890.