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

Site of Crosby's Landing

 
 
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By Chris Kneupper
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Thomas Phillip Crosby (1799-1860) came to Texas from New York in 1830. After surveying sections of land along the Colorado River in 1830, he settled on this tract along the Brazos River with an eye toward building a landing for lower Brazos River plantation owners. He knew that a site on the water itself was crucial to the success of the business venture he had in mind. Wounded in the Battle of Velasco (1832), Thomas returned home to establish his docks, shipping and receiving goods for local landowners from such places as Galveston and New Orleans.

Mary Austin Holley referred to Crosby's Landing in an 1835 journal entry written during the first of her three visits to Texas. When Stephen F. Austin died in 1836 his body was carried by the steamboat Yellowstone to Crosby's Landing and delivered to his brother-in-law's Peach Point Plantation for burial. Though he already was providing postal service, Crosby's post office was officially approved by the Republic of Texas government in 1836. Also on the landing site were a general store and, by virtue of the post office location, a voting precinct and tax collection place. Thomas Phillip
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Crosby was elected sheriff of Brazoria County in 1860, but died before taking office. After his death, Crosby's son and grandson in turn served as postmaster. Among those served by Crosby's Landing were Peach Point Plantation, the Jack Plantation, and the Abner Jackson Plantation. The Crosby family also operated one of four ferries that crossed the Brazos in Brazoria County, connecting plantations on both sides of the river. Although most of the 1,000 acres owned by Thomas Phillip Crosby were sold over the years, the Crosby's Landing site remained in the Crosby family at the turn of the 21st century.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11964.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 29° 1.109′ N, 95° 27.729′ W. Marker is in Jones Creek, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on Brazos River Road east of Highway 2004, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4810 Brazos River Road, Freeport TX 77541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abner Jackson Plantation (approx. 2.3 miles away); Joseph H. Hawkins (approx. 2.3 miles away); Eagle Island Plantation (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mammoth Lake
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(approx. 2.6 miles away); Dr. Branch Tanner Archer (approx. 2.7 miles away); William Harris Wharton (approx. 2.7 miles away); Major Guy M. Bryan, C.S.A. (approx. 2.8 miles away); Peach Point (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jones Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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