Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Samuel May Williams
(1795 - 1858)
Williams came to Austin's Texas colony in 1823, and became the empresario's translator and clerk. For his services and immigrant status, Williams received 11 leagues (48,712 acres) of land. He married Sarah P. Scott in 1828; They had nine children.
Williams and Thomas F. McKinney founded a mercantile firm in 1833 in Quintana at the mouth of the Brazos River. Williams had traveled to the United States in 1835 to sell bank stock when he learned of fighting in Texas. Using the partnership's credit, he made purchases for the Texas army. Williams and McKinney incurred expenses of $99,000 supporting the Texas revolution.
By 1838 Williams was helping the Texas navy build seven ships. His firm had moved to Galveston, where the partners promoted development of the city with Michel Branamour Menard.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11594.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 17.285′ N, 94° 48.264′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Avenue P near 36th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williams-Tucker House, 1837-40 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Frederick K. and Lucy Adelaide Fisher House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baden-Sproule House (about 400 feet away); Powhatan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mexican Telegraph Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the Home of Michel Branamour Menard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Galveston Artillery Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Poole-Parker House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Regarding Samuel May Williams. This is the second oldest surviving residence in Galveston and is on the National Register of Historic Places
Also see . . . Article in the Texas Handbook. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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