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Near Kenney in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Bradford Pier

(Nov. 23, 1813 - Feb. 5, 1888)

 
 
James Bradford Pier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2022
1. James Bradford Pier Marker
Inscription.  A native of Circleville Ohio, J.B. Pier came to Texas in 1835 with his wife Lucy (Merry). The Piers settled in this area near the site of the early Texas town of Travis. Pier served as a member of the Texas Army during the War for Independence. He was detailed as a rear guard at the camp opposite Harrisburg during the Battle of San Jacinto. In later years, he was a farmer, stock raiser, teacher, and merchant. He served as Justice of the Peace of Austin County and was the first postmaster of the Travis community Pier is buried in the nearby Travis Cemetery.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6360.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 30° 0.893′ N, 96° 20.496′ W. Marker is near Kenney, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Highway 36 and Albert Road, on the left when traveling south on Old Highway 36. The marker is located at the east side of the "T" intersection.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellville TX 77418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wesley Kenney (approx. 2˝ miles away); Machemehl Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); Concord Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Czech Immigrants in Texas (approx. 4.4 miles away); Nelsonville School (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery - Phillipsburg (approx. 4˝ miles away); Saint Paul Lutheran Church (approx. 5 miles away); Austin County (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kenney.
 
Also see . . .  Pier, James Bradford (1813–1888). Texas State Historical Association
On February 14, 1835, the Piers landed at Velasco, Texas, at the mouth of the Brazos River. They proceeded by ox wagon to Mill Creek. By February 1836 they had settled near the early Texas town of Travis, just south of the site of present Kenney in Austin County. In early March 1836 Pier and several of his neighbors set out to help at the Alamo. On the way, they were informed of the siege. James returned home to ensure that his wife was safe, and then joined Gibson Kuykendall's company of volunteers at San Jacinto, who were assigned as a rear guard to protect the baggage,
James Bradford Pier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2022
2. James Bradford Pier Marker
the sick, and the wounded at the camp opposite Harrisburg.
(Submitted on July 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the James Bradford Pier Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2022
3. The view of the James Bradford Pier Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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