“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Taylor in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Pioneer Publisher and Printer David Ervin Lawhon

Pioneer Publisher and Printer David Ervin Lawhon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson
1. Pioneer Publisher and Printer David Ervin Lawhon Marker
Inscription. Born in Tennessee on June 15, 1811. While very young learned the printing trade and worked at it in some of the principal cities of the United States.

Came to Nacogdoches, Texas, in November, 1835, in answer to pleas for volunteers for Texas Army. Was pressed into service publishing the “Texean and Emigrantís Guide,” with essential war proclamations. Also printed handbills, patriotic songs and legal documents. His newspaper was one of several printed in Texas during war for independence, 1836.

In 1839, moved to what is now Jefferson County and engaged in cattle ranching. Served as captain of a ranger company. Was countyís Chief Justice during the days of the Republic of Texas. Moved to Bastrop County in 1861, where he tried farming. Then moved to Williamson County where he died February 14, 1884. As a newspaper publisher and printer for the army of the revolution (1835-1836), an Indian fighter, frontiersman and judge, he contributed much to the early development of Texas.

In 1840, David Lawhon married Nancy Carr, a daughter of one of Stephen F. Austinís “Old Tree Hundred” settlers. Their eleven children carried on their pioneering spirit and tradition.
Erected 1967 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 12701.)
Location. 30° 25.477′ N, 97° 15.576′ W. Marker is near Taylor, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on FM-619, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taylor TX 76574, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Post Oak Island Lodge #181, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 1.6 miles away); Type Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lawrence Chapel Cemetery (approx. 4.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Mager Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Site of Gano Community (approx. 8 miles away); St. Peters United Church of Christ (approx. 8.2 miles away); United States Senator Morgan C. Hamilton (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online: LAWHON, DAVID E. (Submitted on December 7, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
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