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

Thomas H. Mays

Thomas H. Mays Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ross Perkins, May 9, 2013
1. Thomas H. Mays Marker
Inscription.  Thomas H. Mays was born in 1802 in Virginia and emigrated to Texas from Tennessee in 1830. In 1834, he became Bastrop's first municipal surveyor and platted the city's new streets. Two years later, he was wounded in the leg at the Battle of San Jacinto while serving in the Texian Army with the "Mina Volunteers" led by Col. Edward Burleson. Upon his return to Bastrop, he became deputy surveyor for Bastrop County. He also held political office in Bastrop as city alderman (1838) and associate justice (1839). He wed Arie C. Ellis, and the couple reared their children in Bastrop, establishing a large homestead, including this site, in the mid-1800s. Mays died on April 18, 1862, but his burial location is unknown.
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13114.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1801.
Location. 30° 6.512′ N, 97° 18.917′ W. Marker is in Bastrop, Texas, in Bastrop County
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. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and Hill Street, on the right when traveling west on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1008 Walnut Street, Bastrop TX 78602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain James Burleson (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home Town of Texas Confederate Major Joseph D. Sayers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bastrop County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baron de Bastrop Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bastrop County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bastrop Advertiser (approx. ¼ mile away); Primera Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First National Bank of Bastrop (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bastrop.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2013, by Ross Perkins of Cedar Creek, Texas. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 9, 2013, by Ross Perkins of Cedar Creek, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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May. 12, 2021