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

Peyton Bland

Peyton Bland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 7, 2021
1. Peyton Bland Marker
Born in 1815 in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, Peyton Bland became a vital figure in Orange County. He migrated to Texas as a young man and at Orange in 1835 enrolled to serve in the Texas Revolution. Bland participated in the Grass Fight and the Battle of San Antonio before being discharged. Later reenlisting, he performed guard duty during the Battle of San Jacinto, among other responsibilities.

Bland married Susan (Susannah) Harmon in Beaumont in 1838. The couple moved and settled on an Orange County farm, raising 13 children. Bland built his home on Cow Bayou, north of here, where in addition to farming he ran a local store. Bland also took part in the thriving Texas cattle industry, driving cattle to market in New Orleans. A local resident, later describing Bland, remembered "When he entered the room, he filled the door. He was huge, with pistols on his hips – he scared us kids to death."

Bland once again joined the military when he enrolled in the Orange County Coast Guard in 1862, during the Civil War. This company was attached to the Second Regiment, First Brigade of Texas militia. After the war, he served briefly as an

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Orange County commissioner. In 1873, Bland died of pneumonia, and his family buried him in a now unknown site near the San Bernard River in Wharton County. Today, Peyton Bland is remembered not only as an important contributor to Orange County and Texas, but also as a pioneer who worked in farming, business and cattle in times of peace and as a military man when called on during times of war.

Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14102.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
Location. 30° 7.846′ N, 93° 52.309′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on Service Road, 0.3 miles east of Farm to Market Road 1442, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange TX 77630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old First Orange Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Claiborne West (approx. 3 miles away); Site Of World War II P.O.W. Camp (approx. 4˝ miles away); Absalom Jett (approx. 5.2 miles away); Winfree Baptist Church (approx. 5.4 miles away);

Peyton Bland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 7, 2021
2. Peyton Bland Marker
Cow Bayou Swing Bridge (approx. 6.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away); First National Bank of Orange (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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Feb. 25, 2024