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DILLARD, NICHOLAS (?–?). Nicholas Dillard, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land now in Brazoria County on August 16, 1824. The census of 1826 listed him as a farmer, stock raiser, and single man between the ages of twenty-five and forty. He sold land on Cedar Lake to James Davis in January 1827 and later bought land on part of the original DeMoss grant as well as on Bay Prairie. Austin called Dillard captain, but whether the title is that of a military or a seafaring officer is not known. Dillard was apparently an importer or a merchant; in 1827 Austin owed him for clothing and sugar as well as other merchandise. In 1833 Dillard was involved in litigation relating to the legal practice of William B. Travis.


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). William Barret Travis, Diary, ed. Robert E. Davis (Waco: Texian Press, 1966).


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"DILLARD, NICHOLAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.