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Wood from tree over original grave of Stephen F. Austin.
Title: Wood from tree over original grave of Stephen F. Austin.
Description: Glossy piece of wood, rectangular. Printed on it: From oak tree over original grave of Stephen F. Austin, Brazoria County, Texas. Remains moved to State Cemetery, October 18, 1910.
Description: Historical Note: This piece of wood is from an oak tree that stood over the original grave of Stephen F. Austin at the Gulf Prairie Cemetery at Peach Point, in Brazoria County, Texas. The State of Texas on October 18, 1910, removed his remains to the capital city of Austin, where they were reinterred at the Texas State Cemetery. A statue was erected over the new grave. Stephen Fuller Austin, founder of Anglo-American Texas, son of Moses and Maria (Brown) Austin, was born at the lead mines in southwestern Virginia on November 3, 1793. In 1798 Moses Austin moved his family to other lead mines in southeastern Missouri and established the town of Potosi in what is now Washington County. Stephen served the public as adjutant of a militia battalion and for several years was a member of the Missouri territorial legislature. After failure of the Austin business in Missouri, he investigated opportunities for a new start in Arkansas and engaged in land speculation and mercantile activities. At this time Moses Austin was on his way to San Antonio to apply for a grant of land and permission to settle 300 families in Texas. Though not enthusiastic about the Texas venture, Austin decided to cooperate with his father. He arranged to obtain a loan from his friend Hawkins to float the enterprise and was at Natchitoches expecting to accompany his father to San Antonio when he learned of Moses Austin's death. He proceeded to San Antonio, where he arrived in August 1821 and was authorized by Governor Antonio María Martínez to carry on the colonization enterprise under his father's grant. Besides bringing the colonists to Texas, Austin strove to produce and maintain conditions conducive to their prosperous development. He died on December 27, 1836, at the age of forty-three.
Description: Related Collection: Refer to ATF0379.
Citation information: ATF0453, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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