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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Waller County Texas Historical Markers

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By Brian Anderson, February 23, 2020
Captain Nathen Brookshire Marker
Texas (Waller County), Brookshire — 9375 — Captain Nathen Brookshire
Participated in the storming and capture of Bexar, December 5th to 10th, 1835. A Captain in the Texas Army, 1836. Born in Tennessee, 1793. Died Jan. 10, 1853 — Map (db m145860) HM
Texas (Waller County), Brookshire — 9379 — Donigan House
A native of Turkey, Paul M. Donigan (1862-1930) came to the United States about 1890 to attend medical school. The presence of relatives in this area brought him to Brookshire upon graduation. In 1910, Dr. Donigan built this home for . . . — Map (db m145858) HM
Texas (Waller County), Brookshire — 9383 — First Methodist Church of Brookshire
This church traces its origin to the establishment of the Union Chapel Methodist Church by the Rev. Churchill Fulshear in the former community of Pittsville (6 mi. S) in 1844. Union Chapel served settlers in this area and moved to a new location . . . — Map (db m145857) HM
Texas (Waller County), Brookshire — 9391 — Kellner Townsite(in NE part, Stephen F. Austin grant to Wm. Cooper)
First town in area. Platted 1893 by John G. Kellner (1846-1933), donor, Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad right of way and station site. Kellner's rich Brazos River watershed farm and ranch lands produced rice, cattle, peanuts, . . . — Map (db m145859) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9373 — Ahrenbeck-Urban Home
This two-story galleried Greek Revival residence was built about 1872 by German native William Ahrenbeck (1828-1888). A prominent area civic leader and builder, he also served as postmaster and mayor of Hempstead. His daughter Ella Justine Ahrenbeck . . . — Map (db m117605) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9376 — Clear Creek Confederate War Camps
Although no physical evidence has been found of the Confederate camp sites in this area, historical accounts have established that this part of Waller County was the location of several Civil War encampments. The close proximity of Clear Creek, the . . . — Map (db m74263) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 8109 — Former Waller County Post Offices
Before the age of modern communication, the postal system was a vital link between isolated rural settlements. Early Waller County post offices were often located in a residence or general store near the local church, gristmill, cotton gin, or . . . — Map (db m125606) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9380 — Gen. George and Libbie Custer Campsite
Soon after the Civil War General George Armstrong Custer and his cavalry unit arrived in Texas as part of a large U.S. force sent to establish order and counter the threat posed by French-controlled Mexico. From August to October, 1865, Custer, his . . . — Map (db m117799) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9386 — Groce Family Plantations
Pioneers in this Texas area. Had early cotton gin and ferry. Founder of family was Jared E. Groce (1782-1836), who came to Texas in 1822. His large wagon train brought elaborate plantation equipment. Groce built "Bernardo" and "Groce's Retreat." . . . — Map (db m74265) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9388 — Hempstead, C.S.A.
Front: Major Civil War center in Texas with railroad, troop training, manufacturing, and supply activity. Training camps Groce and Hebert kept troops in readiness to move by rail to Houston and thence to the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas . . . — Map (db m125608) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9396 — Liendo
A plantation home built in 1853 by Leonard W. Groce. The scene for many years of lavish Southern hospitality. Purchased March 4, 1873, by Dr. Edmund Duncan Montgomery (1835-1911), world-famed philosopher, and his wife, Elisabet Ney (1833-1907), . . . — Map (db m126528) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9395 — Liendo Plantation
Named for Spanish grandee who was first owner of the 5-league survey here. Leonard W. Groce, a settler, in 1853 built this 16-room home using slave labor. Bricks for foundation and chimneys were made from Brazos Valley clay. The kitchen . . . — Map (db m126529) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 8118 — Waller County
Created from Austin and Grimes counties, April 28, and organized Aug. 16, 1873. Named for Edwin Waller (1800-1861), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Postmaster General, Texas Republic; First mayor of Austin. Site of rich . . . — Map (db m125605) HM
Texas (Waller County), Pattison — 9374 — Isaac Best(1774-1837)
One of the "Old 300" settlers of Stephen F. Austin's colony, Isaac Best spent his early life in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, where he built a mill and Best's Fort, a pioneer refuge during the War of 1812. He brought his wife Mary Margaret (Wilkins) . . . — Map (db m145838) HM
Texas (Waller County), Pattison — 8105 — James Tarrant Pattison Homesite
Located at important junction of Atascosito Road and the San Felipe Trail, this homesite was established by James Tarrant and Sarah Smith Pattison on their Republic of Texas land grant, and became a stagecoach stop. Their plantation of 5,000 acres . . . — Map (db m145835) HM
Texas (Waller County), Pattison — 8117 — Judge Edwin Waller(March 16, 1800 - January 3, 1881)
Virginia native Edwin Waller migrated to Texas from Missouri in 1831 as part of Stephen F. Austin's third colony. An active participant in the earliest stages of Texas' struggle for independence, Waller participated in the 1832 Battle of Velasco, . . . — Map (db m145789) HM
Texas (Waller County), Pattison — 11377 — Stacye Ann Marlin Morgan(Feb. 14, 1819 - March 23, 1894)
Survivor of the famous Morgan Massacre; daughter of settler James Marlin. In Falls County, Jan., 1, 1839, Indians killed and scalped several members of the Morgan and Marlin families. Isaac Marlin, 10, ran 7 miles for help. His sister, Stacye Ann, . . . — Map (db m145837) HM
Texas (Waller County), Pattison — 8122 — Texas Western Narrow Gauge Depot
Near this site stood the depot of Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railway, chartered August 4, 1870, operated from Houston to Sealy until 1899. Right of way was donated by the Pattison family, founders of the town of Pattison. Waller County . . . — Map (db m145836) HM
Texas (Waller County), Prairie View — 17072 — Jacob E. Freeman
In response to the political, social and economic turmoil in Texas and the South after the Civil War, the federal government enacted the Reconstruction Act on March 2, 1867. Many local and state officials were removed from office and a . . . — Map (db m136910) HM

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