Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon


BROWN, JOHN (?–?). John Brown, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born in Kentucky and came to Texas from Arkansas before August 19, 1824, when he received title to a league and a labor of land now in Waller and Harris counties. According to the census of 1826 he was a single man, thirty-seven years old, and had six slaves. The Texas Gazette of August 29, 1830, ran a notice that John Brown had opened a house of entertainment at San Antonio de Béxar. In January 1836 Thomas Barnett was administrator for the estate of John Brown, deceased. It is uncertain whether or not the man who was dead in 1836 was the original colonist, because several men named John Brown were members of the Austin colony.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Telegraph and Texas Register, January 30, 1836.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"BROWN, JOHN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.