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Fort Bend County Texas Historical Markers

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By Brian Anderson, February 23, 2020
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gravesite
Texas (Fort Bend County), Fulshear — 18521 — Albert and Ethel Herzstein
Albert H. Herzstein was born March 5, 1907, into a Jewish immigrant family in Trinidad, Colorado. The family lived in Clayton, New Mexico, and moved to Denver, Colorado, before Albert moved to Houston in 1925 and began working for a small welding . . . — Map (db m145886) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Fulshear — 8999 — Fulshear Cemetery
More than six acres here of the Mexican land grant acquired in 1824 by "Old 300" colonist Churchill Fulshear, Sr., were donated to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, by Churchill Fulshear, Jr., in 1851. Originally Union Chappel Cemetery, it was . . . — Map (db m145862) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Fulshear — 16356 — Pittsville
Planters preferring the prairie to the hazardous Brazos River bottoms settled this village in the 1840s. Named for store owners A. R. and Amanda (Wade) Pitts, it was a major commercial center by 1860. During the Civil War, the Pittsville Home Guard . . . — Map (db m145863) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Fulshear — 8998 — Town of Fulshear
On July 16, 1824, land grant of Mexico to Churchill Fulshear, one of the "Old 300" settlers of Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas. Churchill Fulshear, Jr., veteran of Texas War for Independence, built 4-story brick mansion in 1850s, bred and raced . . . — Map (db m145864) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Kendleton — 9002 — Kendleton
The site on which Kendleton now stands was originally a Mexican land grant to settler Elizabeth Powell, whose house was an early-day stage stop. During the Texas Revolution, in 1836, Santa Anna's Mexican Army camped near here. Later the . . . — Map (db m4419) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Kendleton — 9002 — Kendleton
Kendleton was originally a large plantation area of land in the western section of Fort Bend County. During the Reconstruction Era, free Negroes from Colorado and Washington Counties developed a colony of 100-acre plots. Having relocated several . . . — Map (db m14126) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Kendleton — 9057 — Powell Point School
William E. Kendall, an Anglo lawyer from Richmond, Texas, subdivided his plantation here into 100-acre farm tracts in 1869. He sold the land exclusively to Freedmen and by the 1880s a distinctly African American community named Kendleton had . . . — Map (db m4971) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9059 — City of Richmond
Area was settled in 1822 by members of Stephen F. Austin's colony, who first called their community "Fort Settlement." Earliest known burial was made by Wm. Morton, who donated land for Morton Cemetery. Town was formally laid out 1837 by land . . . — Map (db m126518) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8981 — Constantine W. Buckley — Texas Confederate Legislator — (1815 - 1865) —
Came to Texas from Georgia, 1838. Clerk, Republic of Texas State Department. Prominent Fort Bend County planter, lawyer, district judge and legislator. Served as one of the speakers of Texas House of Representatives in critical Civil War years, . . . — Map (db m126513) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8989 — Dismounted Texas Cavalry
The 95,000 men of military age in Civil War Texas, unaccustomed to walking, preferred the daring and mobility of the cavalry used to scout the enemy, screen troop movements and make lightning attacks. 58,533 Texans joined it, riding their own horses . . . — Map (db m27748) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8990 — Early Courthouse Square
This square was deeded in 1838 to Fort Bend County by Robert E. Handy and William Lusk, founders of Richmond. It was site of 1850-1871 and 1888-1909 courthouses. Completed here 1888 was a two-story brick Victorian courthouse with bell tower and . . . — Map (db m126515) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9065 — Erastus ("Deaf") Smith — (April 17, 1787 - November 30, 1837)
Most famous scout in Texas War for Independence. Obeyed Gen. Sam Houston's strategic order, then raised San Jacinto Battle Cry: "Fight for your lives! Vince's Bridge has been cut down." A native of New York, Smith settled in 1821 in San . . . — Map (db m126519) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8994 — Fort Bend County Courthouse
This classical revival building is the fifth courthouse for Fort Bend County, which was organized in 1837. The structure was designed by C. H. Page of Austin and dedicated in 1909. The contractor was the Texas Building Company, also of Austin. . . . — Map (db m122796) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8995 — Fort Bend County Jail
Completed in 1897, this structure was the third jail building in Fort Bend County. Built to communicate strength and justice to the area's lawless elements, the imposing Romanesque revival style structure features terra cotta decoration and massive . . . — Map (db m129330) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8615 — H. Schumacher Oil Works
Henry Schumacher (1832-1901), a native of Germany, opened one of the first cottonseed oil mills in this region in 1873, assembling the machinery with only the aid of an old encyclopedia. The oil works produced cottonseed oil, meal, and cake, and . . . — Map (db m126532) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9006 — Jane Long Boarding House
Born in Maryland in 1798, Jane H. Wilkinson moved to Mississippi (1811) and became the ward of her famous relative, Gen. James Wilkinson, field commander of the United States Army. Jane married Dr. James Long in 1815 and later followed him on a . . . — Map (db m126517) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9008 — John McNabb
Member of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841 Born in Scotland Died April 27, 1894 — Map (db m126525) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9009 — McNabb House
Phillip Vogel, a German merchant, built this residence in the 1850s. It reflects the simple Greek revival style popular at the time. A. D. McNabb, owner of a saddlery shop, bought the property in 1887. He married Charlien Gloyd, daughter of . . . — Map (db m129331) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 15563 — Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar • The Father of Education in Texas • Born in Georgia August 16, 1798 • Founded the Columbus Enquirer • Came to Texas in 1836 • He commanded the cavalry at the Battle of San Jacinto • Served successively as Secretary of War, . . . — Map (db m126864) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9012 — Morton Cemetery
Burial place of illustrious pioneers, including 1838-1841 Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar (1798-1859) and one of State's first women settlers, Jane Long (1798-1880), known as "The Mother of Texas." On Labor No. 1 of Mexican land . . . — Map (db m126485) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9050 — Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M.
Organized in 1850, the Morton Masonic Lodge was chartered on January 24, 1851. Named for "Old 300" colonist and Mason William Morton, the Lodge began with twenty charter members. The first lodge hall, located on Jackson Street, was replaced in 1855 . . . — Map (db m126524) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8993 — Site of Fort Bend
Built in November 1821 by William Little, William Smithers, Charles Beard, Joseph Polly, and Henry Holster. - Its name was given to the county when created in 1837. — Map (db m126486) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9004 — Site of the Home of Mirabeau B. Lamar — 1798-1859
Father of Texas education. President of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1841. He lived here from 1851 to 1859. — Map (db m126512) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9001 — Site of the Home of Randal Jones — 1786 - 1873
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Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9064 — St. John's United Methodist Church
While Methodist missionaries had served the Richmond area as early as 1824, this congregation was organized January 22, 1839, by the Rev. Jesse Hord. Early members included some of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" colonists. The congregation built this . . . — Map (db m122795) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9007 — The McFarlane House
A native of Scotland, Isaac McFarlane (1840-1900) served with Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War and later became a successful merchant in Richmond. This home was constructed for his family in the early 1880s by local builder Thomas Culshaw. . . . — Map (db m122759) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 9066 — Thomas Jefferson Smith
Born in Virginia 1808, reared in Georgia. Fought in Texas War for Independence, 1836, under James W. Fannin at Refugio Mission. Captured at Goliad, was spared to repair guns for Mexican Army. Escaped during Battle of San Jacinto. Settled in . . . — Map (db m126526) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Richmond — 8982 — Walter Moses Burton — (August 9, 1840 - June 4, 1913)
Born a slave in North Carolina, Walter Moses Burton was brought to Texas about 1860. At the end of the Civil War, he purchased land from his former owner, Thomas B. Burton, from whom he had also learned to read and write. Walter Burton became a . . . — Map (db m126527) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Rosenberg — 8991 — First Baptist Church of Rosenberg
In 1896, three Baptist men organized this church. T.E. Muse served as the first pastor from 1898 to 1900. The 1900 Galveston hurricane destroyed an unfinished church building. Services were held in a nearby church and in a rail car until a . . . — Map (db m92422) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Rosenberg — 9003 — Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar — President of the Republic of Texas
Born 1798 in Georgia. Came to Texas 1835. Became involved immediately in movement for independence from Mexico. Upon fall of the Alamo and news of Goliad Massacre, joined Texas Army as a private, as Houston moved eastward toward San Jacinto. In . . . — Map (db m126520) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Stafford — 8992 — Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado — First Railroad in Texas
Planned 1840 to benefit the Republic of Texas by moving rich sugar and cotton crops from plantation areas. Chartered 1841 by 5th Congress of the Republic, in name of Harrisburg Railroad & Trading Company. H. R. & T. C. did not succeed in . . . — Map (db m73448) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Stafford — 9068 — Stafford's Point
One of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300," William J. Stafford (1764-1840), founded the settlement of Stafford's Point on the 6819.7-acre land grant he received in the winter of 1824. Bringing his family and slaves from his Louisiana sugar . . . — Map (db m27781) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Sugar Land — 9000 — Hodge's Bend Cemetery
A veteran of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion's South Carolina brigade during the American Revolution, Alexander Hodge (b. 1760) brought his family to Texas in 1825. Hodge was prominent among the "Old Three Hundred" settlers; his sons fought in the . . . — Map (db m27747) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Sugar Land — Sugar Land Refinery
The center of the sugar industry from Texas colonial days and the site of the first sugar refinery in Texas located by S. M. Williams on land granted to him by the Mexican government. — Map (db m27764) HM
Texas (Fort Bend County), Sugar Land — 12990 — Texas Prison System Central State Farm Main Building
Central State Farm's roots trace to the late 1870s, when the original 5235 acres of the sugar plantation here were worked by convict labor. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, public sentiment largely supported a self-sustaining prison system, . . . — Map (db m28499) HM

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