Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John Prince Coles
(1793 - 1847)
A native of North Carolina, John Prince Coles brought his family to Texas in 1821 with Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. Arriving in present Washington County on New Year's Day in 1822, Coles received a Mexican land grant in 1824. He founded Coles Settlement, which was later renamed Independence. He was appointed alcalde of the municipality of Washington by the Mexican government in 1828. After service in the Republic of Texas Army in 1836, he held a number of public offices, including senator in the First Republic Congress, 1840-41.
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8326.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
Location. 30° 19.151′ N, 96° 21.149′ W. Marker is in Independence, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Waters Lane and Old Baylor College Road, on the left when traveling west on Waters Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking John P. Coles Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Baylor Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Davis Family (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Horace G. Clark (about 400 feet away); Columns of a Building of Old Baylor University (about 600 feet away); The Female Department of Baylor University (about 600 feet away); Old Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Houston-Lea Family Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.