Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Home of Reuben Hornsby
Site of the home built in 1832 by Reuben Hornsby (1793-1879) and his wife Sarah Morrison Hornsby (1796-1862).
Second built in “Austin’s Little Colony”. First in the present county of Travis.
Famed for Christian hospitality.
Here Josiah Wilbarger recovered after being scalped in 1833.
Mr. Hornsby and his son’s fought in many Indian battles and served as scouts in Capt. John J. Tumlinson’s company of Rangers, which was organized here in 1836.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 14616.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 30° 15.444′ N, 97° 37.303′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 969 west of Farm to Market Road 973, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located on a dirt road toward Hornsby Cemetery on the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Josephus Hornsby (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Williams and Howell Haggett (about 600 feet away); Reuben Hornsby (approx. 0.8 miles away); Decker United Methodist Church and Community (approx. 3.6 miles away); Site of Fort Colorado (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Colored Baptist Church (approx. 4 miles away); Del Valle Army Air Base (approx. 4 miles away); Bethany Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
1. Background on marker
Travis County Historical Commission has been working to get background on this marker, specifically if the location is indeed the site of Reuben Hornsby's home. Dorothy Landoll, Hornsby Cemetery Board President, says she believes the marker is indeed at or very near the home site; there were still many Hornsby family members / descendants still living on the Hornsby League in 1936 that would have known the home's location. Although the home was gone by 1936, she has been told that in the 1920s the chimney was still standing.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,393 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on June 30, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on June 30, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 2. submitted on December 28, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.