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FISHER, JAMES (ca. 1780–ca. 1854). James Fisher, pioneer farmer, was born in North Carolina about 1780. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists he received title to a league of land on the west bank of the Brazos River in what is now southeastern Burleson County, on July 19, 1824. The census of March 1826 described him as a farmer and stock raiser between forty and fifty years of age. His household then consisted of a wife, Jenny (or Jane), and six children. On January 1, 1830, Fisher married Sarah (or Sally) Hensley; they had ten children. He lived in Burleson County in 1850 and died sometime before 1854.

Another James Fisher, aged twenty-eight, his wife, Bethany, and their three children came from Hinds County, Mississippi, to Sterling C. Robertson's colony in Texas in December 1834.


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). Malcolm D. McLean, comp. and ed., Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas (19 vols., Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1974–76; Arlington: University of Texas at Arlington Press, 1977–92).


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

"FISHER, JAMES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.