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The name "Old Three Hundred" refers to the settlers who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Mexico.  Although not originally enthusiastic about the project, Austin continued the colonization activities after the death of his father, Moses Austin.  Therefore, he traveled to San Antonio, where he met with the Spanish governor Antonio María Martínez. The governor acknowledged Stephen F. Austin as his father's successor, allowing the colonization activities to proceed.  

Austin agreed with Martínez to be responsible for all administrative task after he arranged for settlers to come to Texas in exchange for land; in payment for his services, Austin would collect 12½ cents an acre in compensation. Austin returned to New Orleans and sought willing colonists and by the end of the summer of 1824 most of the Old Three Hundred were in settled in Texas.

According to the terms of the 1823 Imperial Colonization Law of Mexico, each family engaged in farming was to receive one labor (about 177 acres) and each ranching family one league (about 4,428 acres), for which the family would have to pay the state thirty dollars within six years.  An additional caveat was that the land had to be occupied and improved within two years.

Because of the obvious advantages, many of the colonists elected to classify themselves as stock raisers although they were technically farmers.  Moreover, because the family was the unit for distribution, Austin permitted unmarried men to receive grants in partnerships, usually in groups of two or three.  Between 1824 and 1828, Commissioners Baron de Bastrop and Gaspar Flores issued 297 recognized titles, not 300. 

 
Most of these first Texians were farmers from the South, and many had substantial means before they arrived.  Because Austin wanted to avoid problems with his colonists, he generally only accepted those from higher social classes; indeed, only four of the Old Three Hundred grantees were illiterate.  

The Original Old Three Hundred Settlers

ELIJAH ALLCORN
MARTIN ALLEN
JOHN ALLEY
JOHN C. ALLEY
RAWSON ALLEY
THOMAS V. ALLEY
WILLIAM A. ALLEY
CHARLES G. ALSBURY
HARVEY ALSBURY
DR. HORACE ARLINGTON ALSBURY
THOMAS ALSBURY,  JR.
SIMEON ASA ANDERSON
JOHN ANDREWS
WILLIAM ANDREWS
SAMUEL TUBBS ANGIER
JAMES ELIJAH BROWN AUSTIN
JOHN AUSTIN
STEPHEN FULLER AUSTIN
JAMES BRITON BAILEY
DANIEL E. BALIS
THOMAS BARNETT
WILLIAM BARRETT
M. M. (Mills M.) BATTLE
JAMES BEARD
BENJAMIN BEASON
CHARLES BELKNAP
JOSIAH HUGHES BELL
THOMAS B. BELL
MANDERS (MANDUS) BERRY
ISAAC BEST
JACOB BETTS
FRANCES BINGHAM
WILLIAM BLOODGOOD
THOMAS BOAT(W)RIGHT
THOMAS HENRY BORDEN
CALEB R. BOSTIC
JOHN T. BOWMAN
EDWARD R. BRADLEY
JOHN BRADLEY
THOMAS BRADLEY
CHARLES C. BREEN
WILLIAM B. BRIDGES
DAVID BRIGHT
ENOCH BRINSON
BLUFORD BROOKS
ROBERT BROTHERTON
GEORGE BROWN
JOHN BROWN
WILLIAM S. BROWN
AYLETT C. BUCKNER
JESSE BURNAM
PUMPHREY BURNET
MICAJAH BYRD
MOSIS (MORRIS) CALLIHAN
ALEXANDER CALVIT
DAVID CARPENTER
WILLIAM C. CARSON
SAMUEL C. CARTER
JESSE H. CARTWRIGHT
THOMAS N. CARTWRIGHT
SYLVANUS CASTLEMAN
SAMUEL CHANCE
HORATIO CHRIESMAN
JOHN C. CLARK
ANTHONY R. CLARKE
MERIT M. COATS
JOHN P. COLES
JAMES COOK
JOHN COOKE
WILLIAM (COW) COOPER
WILLIAM (SAWMILL) COOPER
JOHN CRIER
JOHN CROWNOVER
JAMES CUMINGS
JOHN CUMINGS
REBEKAH RUSSELL CUMINGS
WILLIAM CUMINGS
JAMES CUMMINS
HINTON CURTIS
JAMES CURTIS,  JR.
JAMES CURTIS, SR.
SAMUEL DAVIDSON
THOMAS DAVIS
DANIEL DECROW
CHARLES DeMOSS
PETER DeMOSS
WILLIAM B. DeWEES
JOHN DICKINSON
NICHOLAS DILLARD
THOMAS MARSHALL DUKE
GEORGE DUTY
JOSEPH DUTY
CLEMENT C. DYER
THOMAS EARLE
GUSTAVUS E. EDWARDS
JOHN ELAM
ROBERT ELDER
CHARLES FALENASH
DAVID FENTON
JOHN F. FIELDS
JAMES FISHER
DAVID FITZGERALD
ISAIAH FLANAKIN
ELISHA FLOWERS
  ISAAC FOSTER
JOHN FOSTER
RANDOLPH FOSTER
JAMES FRAZIER
CHURCHILL FULSHEAR, SR.
CHARLES GARRETT
SAMUEL GATES
WILLIAM GATES
FREEMAN GEORGE
PRESTON GILBERT
SARAH GILBERT
DANIEL GILLELAND
CHESTER SPALDING GORBET
MICHAEL GOULDRICH
THOMAS GRAY
JARED ELLISON GROCE II
ROBERT GUTHRIE
JOHN HADDON
SAMUEL C. HADY (HADDY)
GEORGE BRAXTON HALL
JOHN W. HALL
WILLIAM J. HALL
DAVID HAMILTON
ABNER HARRIS
DAVID HARRIS
JOHN RICHARDSON HARRIS
WILLIAM HARRIS
WILLIAM HARRIS
WILLIAM J. HARRIS
GEORGE HARRISON
WILLIAM HARVEY
THOMAS S. HAYNES
JAMES HENSLEY
ALEXANDER HODGE
FRANCIS HOLLAND
WILLIAM HOLLAND
KINCHEN HOLLIMAN
JAMES HOPE
CHARLES S. HUDSON
GEORGE HUFF
JOHN HUFF
ISAAC HUGHES
ELI HUNTER
JOHNSON CALHOUN HUNTER
JOHN IIAMS, SR.
IRA INGRAM
SETH INGRAM
JOHN IRONS
SAMUEL ISAACKS
ALEXANDER JACKSON, SR.
HUMPHREY JACKSON
ISAAC JACKSON
THOMAS JAMISON
HENRY W. JOHNSON
HENRY JONES
JAMES WALES JONES
OLIVER JONES
RANDALL JONES
IMLA KEEP
JOHN C. KELLER
JOHN KELLY
SAMUEL KENNEDY
ALFRED KENNON
JAMES KERR
PETER KERR
WILLIAM KERR
WILLIAM KINCHELOE
WILLIAM KINGSTON
JAMES KNIGHT
ABNER KUYKENDALL
BARZILLAI KUYKENDALL
JOSEPH KUYKENDALL
ROBERT H. KUYKENDALL
HOSEA H. LEAGUE
JOEL LEAKEY
BENJAMIN LINSEY
JOHN MORGAN LITTLE
WILLIAM W. LITTLE
JANE HERBERT WILKINSON LONG
JAMES LYNCH
NATHANIEL LYNCH
SHUBAEL MARSH
WYLY MARTIN
WILLIAM MATHIS (MATTHEWS)
A. W. McCLAIN
ARTHUR McCORMICK
DAVID McCORMICK
JOHN McCORMICK
THOMAS McCOY
JOHN McCROSKY
ACHILLES McFARLAN
JOHN McFARLAN
THOMAS F. McKINNEY
HUGH McKINSEY
JAMES McNAIR
DANIEL McNEEL
GEORGE W. McNEEL
JOHN McNEEL
JOHN GREENVILLE McNEEL
PLEASANT D. McNEEL
STERLING McNEEL
ELIZABETH McNUTT
WILLIAM McWILLIAMS
DAVID H. MILBURN
SAMUEL MILLER
SAMUEL R. MILLER
SIMON MILLER
JAMES D. MILLICAN
ROBERT MILLICAN
WILLIAM T. MILLICAN
JOSEPH MIMS
ASA MITCHELL
JOHN L. MONKS
JOHN HENRY MOORE, SR.
LUKE MOORE
MOSES MORRISON
WILLIAM MORTON
DAVID MOUSER
JAMES NELSON
JOSEPH NEWMAN
CHARLES ISAAC NIDEVER
MILTON B. NUCKOLS
JAMES ORRICK
NATHAN OSBORN
JOSHUA PARKER
WILLIAM PARKER
WILLIAM PARKS
ISAAC M. PENNINGTON
GEORGE SAMUEL PENTECOST
FREEMAN PETTUS
WILLIAM PETTUS
JOHN PETTY
JONATHAN C. PEYTON
JAMES AENEAS E. PHELPS
ZENO PHILIPS
ISHAM B. PHILLIPS
PAMELA PICKET
JOSEPH HENRY POLLEY
PETER POWELL
WILLIAM PRATER
PLEASANT PRUITT
WILLIAM PRYOR
ANDREW RABB
JOHN RABB
THOMAS J. RABB
WILLIAM RABB
WILLIAM RALEIGH
LAWRENCE RAMEY
DAVID RANDON
JOHN RANDON
FREDERICK HARRISON RANKIN
AMOS RAWLS
BENJAMIN RAWLS
DANIEL RAWLS
PATRICK REELS
STEPHEN RICHARDSON
ELIJAH ROARK
EARLE ROBBINS
WILLIAM ROBBINS
ANDREW ROBERTS
NOEL FRANCIS ROBERTS
WILLIAM ROBERTS
EDWARD ROBERTSON
ANDREW ROBINSON
GEORGE ROBINSON
JAMES J. ROSS
JOSEPH SAN PIERRE
ROBERT SCOBEY
JAMES SCOTT
WILLIAM SCOTT
WILLIAM SELKIRK
DAVID SHELBY
DANIEL SHIPMAN
MOSES SHIPMAN
BARTLETT SIMS
GEORGE WASHINGTON SINGLETON
PHILIP SINGLETON
CHRISTIAN SMITH
CORNELIUS SMITH
JOHN SMITH
WILLIAM SMITHERS (SMOTHERS,  SMEATHERS)
GABRIEL STRAW SNIDER
ALBERT LLOYD SOJOURNER
NANCY SPENCER
ADAM STAFFORD
WILLIAM JOSEPH STAFFORD
THOMAS STEVENS
OWEN H. STOUT
JAMES STRANGE
WALTER SUTHERLAND
DAVID TALLY
JOHN D. TAYLOR
GEORGE W. TEEL
EZEKIEL THOMAS
JACOB THOMAS
JESSE THOMPSON
THOMAS J. TONE
JAMES F. TONG
SAMUEL TOY
JOHN TROBOUGH
ELIZABETH PLEMMONS TUMLINSON
JAMES TUMLINSON, JR.
ISAAC VAN DORN
MARTIN VARNER
ALLEN VINCE
RICHARD VINCE
ROBERT VINCE
WILLIAM VINCE
JAMES WALKER, SR.
THOMAS WALKER
CALEB WALLACE
FRANCIS FLOURNOY WELLS
THOMAS WESTALL
AMY COMSTOCK WHITE
JOSEPH WHITE
REUBEN WHITE
WALTER C. WHITE
WILLIAM C. WHITE
BOLAND WHITESIDES
HENRY WHITESIDES
JAMES W. WHITESIDES
WILLIAM B. WHITESIDES
NATHANIEL WHITING
WILLIAM WHITLOCK
ELIAS D. WIGHTMAN
JANE WILKINS
GEORGE I. WILLIAMS
HENRY WILLIAMS
JOHN WILLIAMS
JOHN WILLIAMS
JOHN R. WILLIAMS
ROBERT H. WILLIAMS
SAMUEL MAY WILLIAMS
SOLOMON WILLIAMS
THOMAS WILLIAMS
ZADOCK WOODS

  LIST COMPILED JULY 7, 2005 

 


 
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