Near Elgin in Lee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Pioneer Publisher and Printer David Ervin Lawhon
(Buried 1/2 mile NW of here)
Born in Tennessee on June 15, 1811. While very young learned the printing trade and worked at it in some of the principal cities of the United States.
Came to Nacogdoches, Texas, in November, 1835, in answer to pleas for volunteers for Texas Army. Was pressed into service publishing the “Texean and Emigrant’s Guide,” with essential war proclamations. Also printed handbills, patriotic songs and legal documents. His newspaper was one of several printed in Texas during War for Independence, 1836.
In 1839, moved to what is now Jefferson County and engaged in cattle ranching. Served as captain of a ranger company. Was county’s Chief Justice during the days of the Republic of Texas. Moved to Bastrop County in 1861, where he tried farming. Then moved to Williamson County where he died February 14, 1884. As a newspaper publisher and printer for the army of the revolution (1835-1836), an Indian fighter, frontiersman and judge, he contributed much to the early development of Texas.
In 1840, David Lawhon married Nancy Carr, a daughter of one of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” settlers. Their eleven children carried
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 12701.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1919.
Location. 30° 25.477′ N, 97° 15.576′ W. Marker is near Elgin, Texas, in Lee County. Marker is on FM-619, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taylor TX 76574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Post Oak Island Lodge #181, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 1.6 miles away); Type Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mager Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Site of Gano Community (approx. 8 miles away); St. Peters United Church of Christ (approx. 8.2 miles away); United States Senator Morgan C. Hamilton (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lund (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elgin.
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