Industry in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(May 7, 1801-Nov. 1, 1900)
In Jan. 1831 Charles Fordtran, a German of Huguenot descent, joined the colony of Stephen F. Austin. His first work was to survey land for Austin's partner, Samuel May Williams. He was given a league (4,428.4 acres) as his fee. Soon he brought in two families of settlers who worked for him for a time, then obtained their own land in present Fayette county.
On July 4, 1834, he married Almeida Brookfield (1817-1887), daughter of a noted Indian-fighting family. Fordtran also fought Indians who stole livestock and kidnapped the wives and children of colonists. In the Texas war for independence, he joined the "Spy Rangers" under Capt. John Bird, defending civilians who were fleeing to escape the Mexican invaders.
Charles Fordtran was one of the first Teutonic settlers in Texas--arriving some years before the main tide of German immigration. Music and good living abounded in his home. He and his wife had 14 children, with nine living to adulthood. Of four sons in the Confederate army during the Civil War (1861-1865) two survived. His descendants have made contributions to Texas history as industrialists, engineers, lawyers, physicians, and teachers. This marker stands on land he received in 1831.
By Eric Wikman, May 10, 2010
1. Charles Fordtran Marker
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1941.)
29° 58.283′ N, 96° 31.183′ W. Marker is in Industry, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of SH 159 (State Highway 159) and Hofheinz Road, on the left when traveling west on SH 159. Touch for map. from Industry, take SH 159 West about 2 miles. Marker is in this post office area: Industry TX 78944, United States of America.
By Jim Evans, February 20, 2011
2. Charles Fordtran Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); New Ulm Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Henniger Family Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Breeding Family Cemetery / First School in Fayette County (approx. 5.7 miles away); Town of Shelby (approx. 5.9 miles away); Greenvine Gas Discovery (approx. 10.2 miles away); Site of Svrcek Building (approx. 10.4 miles away); Site of Svrcek Garage (approx. 10˝ miles away).
Also see . . . Charles Fordtran - The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, Texas Independence •
By Eric Wikman, May 10, 2010
3. Charles Fordtran Marker
By Gregory Walker, January 21, 2012
4. Charles Fordtran Marker Location
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,243 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas. 2. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 3. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Eric Wikman of Austin, Texas. 4. submitted on February 2, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.