Fort Bend County, Texas Genealogy and History


If we should go back beyond the written history of any section of the great State of Texas and delve into the dim ages of the past, even confined to the narrow limits of Fort Bend County, what strange and wonderful sights we would see. Great animals, now extinct, would be discovered, compared to which the elephants of our day would appear dwarfish. They grazed over these prairies and slaked their thirst in the waters of the Brazos River. Their remains have beend found in the river near Richmond, an account of which will be given in its proper place in this work. The river and the landscape were here when Columbus and his daring sailors, in their frail crafts, were plowing the unknown seas, with the beaks of the little ships pointing toward these shores. Wild savage tribes were here then, chasing the buffalo and other game, and their wigwams dotted the banks of our streams. They hunted and camped along the Brazos, fought with other tribes, and performed the scalp dance and war dance, and loud warwhoops resounded over the spot where Richmond now stands.

After the passing of many centuries, a strange race of people came upon the scene, marching up the Brazos valley in glistening armor and gaudy colored banners flying, striking the natives with terror and astonishment. These were the steel-clad cavaliers of Spain. They explored all of the rivers of Texas, from the mouth to the head of each, and gave them Spanish names. Over the spot where Richmond now stands no doubt they passed. After them came the French under Robert de La Salle in 1685, and it is very likely that he and some of his men were within the present limits of Fort Bend County. La Salle was a Norman by birth, but was at this time in the employ of the French King, and made an -accidental landing on the then nameless coast of Texas while in search of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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Fort Bend Military, includes Terry Rangers
Men Of Company F, 4th Texas

Fort Bend Families and Plantations

The Barnetts And Spencer's

William Stafford

Adam S. Neel

Charles S. McElroy

George W. Pleasants, Austin Colonist

Sugarland, Colonel Cunningham's Plantation

Water's Plantation

James and Hetty Jones, Part of the "Old Three Hundred" Colonists

The Bordens

Aunt Lucy Fosters Account of Randolph Foster's His Life And Death

The Shipman's And Mortons

Fort Bend History

Historical Bell Associated With The History Of Fort Bend County

Historic Cannon

Damon's Mound

Great Flood of 1899

Great Storm of 1900

A Few Facts about Fort Bend County Extracts from The Texas Coaster

Falling of the County Bridge at Richmond

First Court in Fort Bend County

First Jurors

First Grand Jury

First Case

Second Term Jurors

Petit Jurors

Historical Bits and Pieces

Old Settlers

Thompson's Ferry

Billy Bowlegs and Old Arcola (Lucinda Lawson)

Incident In Fort Bend County During The Passage Of The Mexicans

Additional Military Resources

Fort Bend Military, includes Terry Rangers

Men Of Company F, 4th Texas

Santa Anna's Army In Fort Bend County 1836

"Old Whip" The horse Santa Anna Rode at San Jacinto

Source: Texas History, Statistics and Biographies, 1885

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