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Industry in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Charles Fordtran
May 7, 1801-Nov. 1, 1900
 
Charles Fordtran Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Wikman, May 10, 2010
1. Charles Fordtran Marker
 
Inscription. In Jan. 1831 Charles Fordtran, a German of Huguenot descent, joined the colony of Stephen F. Austin. His first work was to survey land for Austin's partner, Samuel May Williams. He was given a league (4,428.4 acres) as his fee. Soon he brought in two families of settlers who worked for him for a time, then obtained their own land in present Fayette county. On July 4, 1834, he married Almeida Brookfield (1817-1887), daughter of a noted Indian-fighting family. Fordtran also fought Indians who stole livestock and kidnapped the wives and children of colonists. In the Texas war for independence, he joined the "Spy Rangers" under Capt. John Bird, defending civilians who were fleeing to escape the Mexican invaders. Charles Fordtran was one of the first Teutonic settlers in Texas--arriving some years before the main tide of German immigration. Music and good living abounded in his home. He and his wife had 14 children, with nine living to adulthood. Of four sons in the Confederate army during the Civil War (1861-1865) two survived. His descendants have made contributions to Texas history as industrialists, engineers, lawyers, physicians, and teachers. This marker stands on land he received in 1831.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location.
 
Charles Fordtran Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jim Evans, February 20, 2011
2. Charles Fordtran Marker
 
29° 58.283′ N, 96° 31.183′ W. Marker is in Industry, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of SH 159 (State Highway 159) and Hofheinz Road, on the left when traveling west on SH 159. Click for map. from Industry, take SH 159 West about 2 miles. Marker is in this post office area: Industry TX 78944, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); New Ulm Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Breeding Family Cemetery / First School in Fayette County (approx. 5.7 miles away); Greenvine Gas Discovery (approx. 10.2 miles away); Zapp Building (approx. 10.5 miles away); Round Top Community (approx. 12.4 miles away); Early Texas Hotels and Inns (approx. 12.4 miles away); Wandke House (approx. 12.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Charles Fordtran - The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Charles Fordtran Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Wikman, May 10, 2010
3. Charles Fordtran Marker
 
 
Charles Fordtran Marker Location Photo, Click for full size
By Gregory Walker, January 21, 2012
4. Charles Fordtran Marker Location
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 843 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on February 2, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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