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Chriesman in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Alexander Thomson, Jr.

(August 29, 1785 - June 1, 1863)

 
 
Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 12, 2022
1. Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  A leader in Texas colonization, Alexander Thomson, Jr., was born in St. Matthew's Parish, South Carolina, the only son of Alexander and Lucy (Fontaine) Thomson. He later lived in Georgia before moving to Tennessee. There, in 1830, he became a partner with Empresario Sterling C. Robertson in the development of the Robertson Colony.

Conducting a number of families who had signed agreements to settle in the Robertson Colony, Thomson crossed into Texas and came to Nacogdoches three days after Mexican officials there received notice of an 1830 law requiring passports of immigrants. After Thomson tried unsuccessfully to have the rule waived for hardship reasons, the party bypassed Nacogdoches and made a new trail that came to be called the Tennesseans' Road.

Thomson lived for a time in Austin's Colony, representing the District of Hidalgo (now Washington County) at the Texas Convention of 1832. By 1835, when he was consultation delegate from Viesca (later Milam Municipality), he lived in and served as official surveyor of Robertson's Colony. Still a leader, he was executor of Robertson's estate in 1842.

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and the father of 13 children, Thomson was the ancestor of many noted Texans, including Thaddeus A. Thomson, United States envoy to Colombia and signer of the Thomson-Urrutia Treaty in 1914. He was also a leader in the early Methodist Church in Texas. He is buried in the Thomson Family Cemetery (approx. 2 mi. NE) near Chriesman, also known as Yellow Prairie. He is remembered today as a pioneer and a patriot.
 
Erected 1972 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8655.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ImmigrationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 30° 35.983′ N, 96° 46.238′ W. Marker is in Chriesman, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1363, 0.1 miles east of Front Street (County Highway 315), on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in front of the Chriesman Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 404 FM1363, Caldwell TX 77836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Chriesman (here, next to this marker); Horatio Chriesman (approx. 0.6 miles away); City of Caldwell (approx. 6.2 miles away); Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 6.3 miles away); Burleson County
The Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker is the left marker of the two markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 12, 2022
2. The Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker is the left marker of the two markers
The markers are located in front of the Chriesman Community Center.
(approx. 6.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 6˝ miles away); Burleson County, C.S.A. (approx. 6.6 miles away); Early Settlers of Burleson County in the Texas War for Independence (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chriesman.
 
Also see . . .  Thomson, Alexander, Jr. (1785–1863). Texas State Historical Association
Alexander Thomson, Jr., early legislator, only son of Alexander and Lucy (Fontaine) Thomson, was born in St. Matthew's Parish, South Carolina, on August 29, 1785. He lived for a while in Georgia, then moved to Giles County, Tennessee, where he rented land from Sterling C. Robertson, with whom he later formed a partnership for taking families to Robertson's colony in Texas. Although Thomson had mastered seven different trades, his work as a surveyor was the most important in introducing colonists into Central Texas.
(Submitted on November 17, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 12, 2022
3. The view of the Alexander Thomson, Jr. Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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