Texas City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The first settlers were Kneeland and Slyvia Britton,and Albert and Priscilla (Britton) Phillips. Calvin Bell, Thomas Britton and David Hobgood were area Cowboys and pioneers of the community. By 1870 the Rev. Israel S. Campbell helped begin a church; residents built a sanctuary and school the following year in a community called Campbellville for the Reverend. Pioneering families, however called it Settlement shortened from “Our Settlement,” declaring the importance of freedom and owning land.
The African American community prospered throughout the late 1800s. Many male residents worked on Butler Ranch or as farmers. Also, unique for the time, the community had a high literacy rate. By the early 1900s residents worked in railroad occupations and later in industry. In 1911,
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13958.)
Location. 29° 22.938′ N, 94° 58.634′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of South Bell Drive and Jackson Lane, on the right when traveling south on South Bell Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S Bell Dr, Texas City TX 77591, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Marque (approx. 0.7 miles away); Frank Bell Jr. (approx. one mile away); Paul's Union Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); S.S. Grandcamp Anchor Texas City Memorial Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Stringfellow Orchards (approx. 3.4 miles away); Texas City (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
Also see . . .
1. Article about Settlement Community celebration. (Submitted on September 28, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
2. More history of the area. (Submitted on September 28, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 27, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.