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ELDER, ROBERT (?–1825). Robert Elder, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was in Texas before April 20, 1824, when he took part in the election of the Baron de Bastrop as elector for the Austin colony. On August 24, 1824, he received title to a labor of land now in Waller County. He made his home on the east side of the Brazos River about three miles from San Felipe, where he took part in the alcalde election in December 1824. He was killed in 1825 while serving in the militia under Capt. Andrew Robinson, his only kinsman in Texas. He had left his family in Kentucky. His property was probated in 1845 with John W. Hall, Robinson's son-in-law, as executor of his estate.


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, April 19, 1841.

Mrs. W. A. Goodrich, Jr.


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

Mrs. W. A. Goodrich, Jr., "ELDER, ROBERT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.