1761 - 1821 (59 years)
||Moses A. Austin |
||Oct 04, 1761
||Durham, Connecticut, USA
||Jun 10, 1821
||Hazel Run, St. Francois county, Missouri, USA
Founder of the American lead industry and the first man to obtain permission to bring Anglo-American settlers into Spanish Texas.
After the Adams-Onís Treaty clarified Spanish title to Texas, he traveled to San Antonio, where he arrived on December 23, 1820, seeking permission to bring his colonists. Spurned by Governor Antonio María Martínez, he chanced to meet the Baron de Bastrop whom he had chanced to meet nineteen years earlier when in New Orleans. After Bastrop, a resident of San Antonio, heard the enthusiasm with which Moses spoke of his colonization plan, the baron returned with him to the governor's office to request permission to establish the colony. On December 26, 1820, Governor Martínez endorsed and forwarded the plan to higher authority.
On the trip out of Texas, Moses contracted pneumonia from four weeks of wet and cold weather; he subsisted for the last week on roots and berries. Shortly after he reached home, he learned that permission for the colony had been granted, after which he neglected his health and devoted all of his energies to the "Texas Venture." Austin lived barely two months more. Two days before he died, he called his wife to his bed. "After a considerable exertion to speak," she wrote in one of the most famous letters in Texas history, "he drew me down to him and with much distress an difficulty of speech, told me it was two late, that he was going...he beged me to tell you to take his place tell dear Stephen that it is his dieing fathers last request to prosecute the enterprise he had Commenced." Moses Austin died on June 10, 1821, at the home of his daughter, Emily Bryan, and was buried in the Bryan family cemetery. In 1831 the remains of both Moses and his wife were removed to a public cemetery in Potosi on land they once owned.
||May 19, 2011 |
||Elias Austin, b. Apr 14, 1718, Suffield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA , d. Oct 14, 1776, Durham, Connecticut, USA (Age 58 years) |
||Eunice Phillips, d. |
||Mary Brown, d. Jan 08, 1824, Hazel Run, St. Francois county, Missouri, USA |
||Sep 29, 1785
||Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, USA
| ||1. Anna Maria Austin, b. Jun 29, 1787, Richmond, Virginia, USA , d. Richmond, Virginia, USA |
| ||2. Eliza Fuller Austin, b. Apr 14, 1790, Richmond, Virginia, USA , d. Dec 04, 1790, Richmond, Virginia, USA (Age 0 years)|
| ||3. Stephen Fuller Austin, b. Nov 03, 1793, Virginia, USA , d. Dec 27, 1836, Texas, USA (Age 43 years)|
|+||4. Emily Margaret Brown Austin, b. Jun 22, 1795, Austinville, Virginia, USA , d. Aug 25, 1851, Peach Point, Brazoria county, Texas, USA (Age 56 years)|
|+||5. James Elijah Brown Austin, b. Oct 03, 1803, Potosi, Missouri, USA , d. Aug 14, 1829, New Orleans, Orleans parish, Louisiana, USA (Age 25 years)|