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Liberty Hill in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gabriel Mills

 
 
Gabriel Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson
1. Gabriel Mills Marker
Inscription. Samuel Mather settled here in 1849, building a grist mill on the North San Gabriel in 1852. John G. Stewart opened a store near the mill. A small log cabin was in use by 1854 for church, school and lodge meetings. A post office was established in 1858, Mather being postmaster. W. L. Brizendine owned the mill by 1865, adding a cotton gin. Known as Mather's Mill, Brizendine Mill, or Gabriel Mills, the village thrived until Austin & Northwestern Railroad bypassed it (1881); then a decline began. The post office closed in 1905, and by the 1920s the town itself had disappeared.
 
Erected 1975 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9096.)
 
Location. 30° 46.836′ N, 97° 55.247′ W. Marker is in Liberty Hill, Texas, in Williamson County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: CR-236 & CR-207, Liberty Hill TX 78642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smart-McCormick Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mahomet Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mount Horeb Lodge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community (approx. 2.9 miles
Gabriel Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
2. Gabriel Mills Marker
away); Connell Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Loafer's Glory Apostolic Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Concord School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Williams-Buck Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online - Gabriel Mills. (Submitted on December 4, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Samuel Mather Cabin. Williamson County Historical Commission page with photos of the Samuel Mather Cabin which now resides in Round Rock, Texas. (Submitted on April 2, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Gabriel Mills Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
3. Gabriel Mills Cemetery
A sign reads Bittick Cemetery, but Google maps and other sources (e.g. Zelade, Richard (1983), Hill Country: Discovering the Secrets of the Texas Hill County, Texas Monthly Press) call this Gabriel Mills Cemetery.
Gabriel Mills Hanging Tree image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
4. Gabriel Mills Hanging Tree
Just a few hundred feet from the Gabriel Mills Cemetery, sources (Zelade, 1983) say this centuries-old live oak was a hanging tree. Unfortunately the tree may be suffering the effects of oak wilt, or the severe drought of recent years.
Mather Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
5. Mather Family Cemetery
Nearby is the Mather Family Cemetery, descendants of Samuel Mather referenced on the marker.
Marker for Samuel Mather's Son, Andy Mather image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
6. Marker for Samuel Mather's Son, Andy Mather
As (Zelade, 1983) notes "Gabriel Mills' famous native son was the noted Indian fighter Andy Mather .. son of Samuel Mather". His grave is in the Mather Family Cemetery.
San Gabriel River image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 2, 2015
7. San Gabriel River
San Gabriel River, site of the mills for which Gabriel Mills is named.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,046 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on February 7, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 2, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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