Brett J. Derbes
Isaac Newton Charles Land Grant
Isaac Newton Charles Land Grant. Courtesy of the Texas General Land Office. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Isaac N. Charles Land Grant
Isaac N. Charles Land Grant. Courtesy of the Texas General Land Office. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

CHARLES, ISAAC NEWTON (?-?). Isaac Newton Charles, an early settler whose name appeared on the original list of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, came to Texas with Daniel Shipman in 1822. Later in life, Shipman referred to him as Charles Isaac Nidever in his recollections, which led to confusion among historians of early Texas regarding his identity. After Charles and Shipman had planted a corn crop in 1822, they left Martin Varner in charge of the crop while they returned to the Red River area to join other colonists. The two received title to a league of land in what is now Brazoria County on May 21, 1827, and Charles signed a deed for land in Fort Bend County on February 25, 1831. The Telegraph and Texas Register of March 21, 1837, listed I. N. Charles as a land grantee who owed dues to the government. On February 23, 1883, Judge William H. Burkbart reversed and remanded the appellate case of J. W. Parker et al. v. W. W. Bains from Fort Bend County. The original case investigated a land conflict and determined that Charles rightfully owned property claimed by N. Brookshire.


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). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Daniel Shipman, Frontier Life: 58 Years in Texas (1879).

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Uploaded on May 30, 2017. Modified on July 10, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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