Texas City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
William Jefferson Jones
(September 27, 1810 - May 5, 1897)
Chosen as associate justice to the Texas Republic's first Supreme Court about 1840, Jones would later render the court's second decision. He married Elizabeth Giberson in 1841 and moved to Columbus in Colorado County to serve as district judge. He retired about 1852 and came to Virginia Point where he became the first person to successfully harvest valuable sea-island cotton in Texas and make use of its cottonseed oil.
With William R. Smith in 1853, and again with his son, Walter C., in 1885, Jones produced plans for a city at Virginia Point. Although his proposals failed he is nevertheless credited with being among the first to envision the potential for a deep water port city on Galveston's mainland. Jones, whose generous land terms led to the development
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7499.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 29° 23.895′ N, 94° 53.565′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay Street North and 14th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north on Bay Street North. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Texas City TX 77590, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shoal Point and Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Site of Austinia (here, next to this marker); Old Bay Lake Ranch (here, next to this marker); Wedell's Corner (here, next to this marker); F-100F North American Super Sabre (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army Camp at Texas City (a few steps from this marker); Anchor Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anchor from Freighter Grand Camp (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 8, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.