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West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Religion in the New Capital

 
 
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During the early colonization of Texas, the Catholic religion was the established religion of Texas. As the colonists arrived in Texas to receive their land grant they were required to accept the Catholic faith even though many of them were of the protestant faith. They said that they were Catholic in order to receive their land grant. In order to perform baptisms, marriages and burials, circuit-riding preachers began coming to Texas as early as 1815. Mexican officials did not authorize these circuit-riding clergymen. Stephen F. Austin tried scrupulously to follow the land grant procedures established by Mexico. His outburst that "one Methodist preacher would do more harm in his colony than a dozen horse thieves,” clearly expressed his feelings on the matter. When Col. Jose de las Piedras, the commandant at Nacogdoches, received a report that Methodists were conducting meetings, reportedly said that if they were not killing themselves or stealing horses, his troops were to leave them alone. This was the typical, if not the official, stance of the Mexican government during the early 1830's. Columbia had no church building in
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1836; however, the colonists conducted their own religious services in small groups. After gaining independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836, religions activities flourished openly. Methodist circuit-rider Rev. Isaac L.G. Strickland rode into Texas in the winter of 1838 and established the first Methodist church in Columbia in April 1839. On June 3, 1840, Rev William Y. Allen organized the "Presbyterian Church at Columbia” which is now known as the Bethel Church.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 29° 8.671′ N, 95° 38.816′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of East Brazos Avenue (State Highway 35) and North 16th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Brazos Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capitol Oak (here, next to this marker); From Republic to Statehood (a few steps from this marker); Stephen Fuller Austin (a few steps from this marker); The Brazos River and the Steamboat Yellowstone (a few steps from this marker); Masons of the Republic of Texas (a few steps from this marker); Columbia in 1836 (a few steps from this
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marker); Accomplishments of the First Congress (within shouting distance of this marker); Telegraph and Texas Register (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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