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Stafford in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Stafford's Point

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, January 22, 2010
1. Stafford's Point Marker
Inscription.  One of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300," William J. Stafford (1764-1840), founded the settlement of Stafford's Point on the 6819.7-acre land grant he received in the winter of 1824. Bringing his family and slaves from his Louisiana sugar plantation, he was planting much land and had a sugar mill and cotton gin in operation by 1834. His manager, Clement C. Dyer (1800-64), a lawyer, political leader, and (later) county judge, married Stafford's daughter, Sarah (1809-74).

Early residents of the Stafford's Point community included families of Sam Bell, Elijah Roark, Dr. P. W. Rose, Moses Shipman, and Mr. West. Dr. Rose, a former U. S. Army surgeon, tended the sick and also hired (1834) a teacher for his children and ten others studying in a one-room schoolhouse. In the Runaway Scrape of 1836, the settlers and their slaves fled east as Santa Anna's Army camped here, pillaging homes and mills. Stafford's Point was resettled after the War for Independence, and again prospered. The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado, first railroad in Texas, was completed from Harrisburg to this village in 1853.

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Stafford's Point Marker next to library. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, January 22, 2010
2. Stafford's Point Marker next to library.
1915 to 1925, a number of Sicilian families moved here from Brazos County. Stafford's Point was incorporated into the town of Stafford in 1956.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9068.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsScience & MedicineSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 29° 37.424′ N, 95° 34.985′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is at the intersection of Dulles Avenue and Viking Lane, on the right when traveling south on Dulles Avenue. Next to the Mamie George Branch of the Fort Bend County Libraries. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Dulles Avenue, Stafford TX 77477, 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. Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sugar Land Independent School District No. 17 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sugar Land Refinery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Texas Prison System Central State Farm Main Building
Stafford's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 4, 2014
3. Stafford's Point Marker
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Hodge's Bend Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bellaire (approx. 8.8 miles away); Bellaire Presbyterian Church (approx. 9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,539 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on May 4, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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