LifeOnTheBrazosRiver.com

is about life in TEXAS along the Brazos River.  

This is a TEXAS river.  It starts in TEXAS

and drains water from only TEXAS.

 

A history of life along the Brazos River.  

This is a page of links. Each link tells a story or describes the early settlers lives in Fort Bend County, Texas. Fort Bend is the county just southwest of  Houston, Texas. Early communities are listed by name. This is the history of Fort Bend County, Texas from the early Angelo American settlers arriving in early 1820, their troubles with nature, with Mexico and the fighting for the Republic of  Texas.  Emphasis is on the efforts of particular individuals. There are towns [communities] listed because they existed and some of those listed don't exist today.

 

 

A history of floods on the Brazos River including a trip on the flooded Brazos River and Brazos River historical flood articles.                     

View a ride on the swollen Brazos River

 

 

Archives of History for Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, The Republic of Texas, and others in Texas

 

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Definitions of a League, Cito etc  These are terms used by the early settlers                                                                                

Class Designations for Settlers  Land was awarded based on the performance of settlers.                                                           

Mexican Texas Contains information useful in understanding the political climate of early Texas.                                                     

Texas History Timeline Important events and their dates.                                                                                                         

Run Away Scrape  by Delue Harris   Leaving Texas ahead of Santa Anna is told by a participant.                                                 

The Texans Win Independence  Battles won and lost, plus what defeated the Mexican Army.                                                      

Texas as A Nation 1836 to 1845                                                     

 

The shape of the Republic of Texas  The boundaries of the Republic of Texas by the comprise of 1850.

 

See the Republic of Texas on a modern map    

 
1915 Map of Fort Bend County
 
1936 Map of Fort Bend County
 
1955 Map of Fort Bend County
 

The Civil War and Fort Bend County

 

Railroads in Fort Bend County                                                                                                                                           

               Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado                                                                                                                               

               Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad                                                                                                  

               San Antonio And Aransas Pass Railroad                                                                                                                

               Sugar Land Railroad                                                                                                                                                 

               International and Great Northern Railroad, Houston Tap or Columbia Tap Railroad    

 

               Cane Belt Railroad                                                                                                                                                  

               Damon Junction To Damon                                                                                                                                  

               Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad                                                                                                                       

Duke, Texas   Ghost town [marker] is the story of a ghost town in eastern Fort Bend County, Texas.                                      .

                1909 Map of`Duke

 

               David Fitzgerald and his decendents, the Fenn family  [marker]                                                     

 

               David Fitzgerald                                                                                                                              

               Sarah Catherine Fitzgerald Fenn Cox                                                                                                

               .John Rutherford Fenn                                                                                                               

 

               Rebecca Matilda Williams Fenn                                                                                                      

 

                Daniel Perry  [marker]

 

                John V. Morton

 

                Morton Family

 

                Nancy Morton

 

                Morton Family Saga

 

                Mary Morton Huff

 

                Mrs Hubbard

 

                Moses Shipman and his Decendents

 

                The Duke Cemetery

 

                Duke Residents that Served the Republic of Texas

 

                W. P. Hamblin, Judge

 

                Sugar Land Railroad, Destination Duke, Texas

 

                Twin Cisterns

 

                UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE of Galveston about the July 1899 flood.

 

                Baptist Church Formed in 1870 by freed slaves this is the oldest Black church in the area.

 

                The start  of the Arcola Plantation

 

                The Arcola Community

 

                David Fitzgerald   Owner Until 1840

 

                John R Fenn  Owner during 1840-1841

 

                Johnathan D Waters  Owner during 1846-1872

 

                Waters Grave   4 miles west of Duke

 

                Thomas Pierce Owner during 1872-1872

 

                ThomasWilliam House  Owner during 1872-1905

 

                Arcola Plantation for sale in 1908    is a prospectus for the sale of the plantation. There are black  and white photos of the operating plantation.This is a 26 page presentation.

                House, Texas   Ghost town

 

                Thomas Howe Scanlin Owner during 1908-1950

 

                Scanlan Foundation Owner during 1950-

 

                Sienna Plantation   Owner from 1950 to the  Present. Subdivided by the Johnson Corp.

 

                Cultural Resources Assesment of Sienna Plantation

 

                Map for Cultural Resources Assement of Sienna Plantation

 

                Arcola second Sugar Mill shown on an 1890 map and discovered in 2011

 

                1890 Sketch [Map] of the plantation area.

 

                Plantation Photos Today are color photos of what remains today.

 

                    Read the complete story about a steam engine. 1861 sugar mill steam engine.

 

                    Read about the Osceola Plantation in Brazoria County Research paper.

 

                                Read about the Chenango Plantation in Brazoria County

 

                                Brick barn next to the steam engine. This barn is made from homemade brick.

 

                                The history of this special Scanlan Plantation House

 

                                See the interior of the house

 

Fresno, Texas         Was Riceton, Texas Was Malvern, Texas

 

Juliff, Texas  Ghost town

                       

                       Tigner Family History

 

DeWalt, Texas Ghost town  [marker]

 

Dew Plantation Plantation home built about 1900.

 

HOBBY, TEXAS  Ghost town  same location as Blue Ridge, Texas

 

 Smada, Texas  Ghost town    Shown on the 1915 map  Located at Hwt 6 and old Mill Rd  in                                                 Sugarland, Texas

 

Stafford, Texas  [marker]   Was  Staffordsville   Was   Stafford's Point

 

Missouri City, Texas  [marker]

 

Hodge's Bend, Texas Ghost town

 

Sartartia, Texas  Ghost town

 

Sugar Land, Texas  [marker]

 
                         Benjamin Franklin Terry
 

Imperial, Texas  Ghost town

 

Clodine, Texas  [marker]

 

Harlem, Texas  Ghost town

 

Cabbell, Texas  Ghost town

 

Hickey, Texas  Ghost town

 

Foster Community, Texas  Ghost town [marker]

 

                Foster-Stuart Family Tree

 

                Stuart Brothers

 

                John Foster Land Grant [Spanish]

 

                John Foster Field Notes

 

                Scout Randophf Foster

 

                Randolph Foster Field Notes  

 

                Randolph Foster Land Grant [Spanish]

 

                Randolph Foster's Life

 

Fulshear, Texas  [marker]

 

Flewellen, Texas  Ghost town

 

Simonton, Texas

 

Pittsville, Texas  Ghost town

 

Gaston, Texas Ghost town

 

Site of Thompson's Ferry  [marker]

 

Helinora, Texas Ghost town

 

Thompsons, Texas

 

Booth, Texas  Ghost town  [marker]

 

Big Creek, Texas Ghost town

 

Crabb, Texas  Ghost town

 

Richmond, Texas  [marker]

 
                     Randal Jones
 

Rosenberg, Texas  [marker]

 

Needville, Texas  [marker]

 
Fairchilds, Texas
 

Long Point, Texas  Ghost town

 

Marlow, Texas  Ghost town

 

Hanson, Texas  Ghost town

 

Guy, Texas

 

Damon, Texas

 

Cottonwood, Texas Ghost town

 

Beasley, Texas  [marker]

 

Powell Point, Texas Ghost town

 

Kendleton, Texas  [marker]

 

Tavener, Texas  Ghost town

 

Wenzell, Texas Ghost town

 

Randon, Texas  Ghost town

 

Orchard, Texas  [marker]

 

Cleveland, Texas  Ghost town

 

Germania, Texas   Ghost town 

 

Vossville, Texas   Ghost town

 

Slavery

 

Antebellum days

 

Treaties of Velasco

 

Texas Declaration of Independence

 

Floods on the Brazos River      uses Rosharon, Texas [FM 1462 crossing of the Brazos river] as a guaging point for historic water levels. This page has a history of some major floods in Texas.

 

See photos of the Brazos River in minor flood stage.         Page starts with an Airplane shot of the Brazos River at low water for comparison to the water level in minor flood stage. The trip tarts at Juliff and continues upstream to HWY 90A it Richmond.

 

1899 Tropical Storm Number One

 

UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE of Galveston on the early July 1899 flood.

 

Death of a grave  is the story of  the tombstone of Lola V. Harris. Starting with color photos taken in 2004, followed with research to discover her identity, the disrespect shown by a major subdivision home builder and communications between the Fort Bend County Historical Commission and the home builder trying to discredit her burial location.

 

Bass Bites Rattle Snake  A dangerous bass fish bait.

 

A 32 DAY TRIP    from Honey Hole Magazine - Aug/Sept/Oct 2002 issue.   A trip on the Clear Fork                                of the Brazos River from Abeline to Possom Kingdom Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

 

 

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