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GATES, SAMUEL (?–1836). Samuel Gates, early settler, was the son of William Gates. He came with his father and brothers from Miller County, Arkansas, to Texas in the fall of 1821 and settled near Andrew Robinson at the La Bahía Road crossing of the Brazos River. In December 1822 Gates was elected captain of the colonial militia. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, he received title to a league of land in what is now Washington County on July 8, 1824. His land, a half-league on Jackson's Creek and a half-league on the Brazos, was surveyed by Horatio Chriesman before October 1824. The census of 1826 classified Gates as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty. He had with him his wife, three sons, two daughters, and one servant. On December 15, 1830, the ayuntamiento at San Felipe gave a favorable report to Samuel Gates's request for an additional league of land. According to Worth S. Ray, Gates died in 1836.

Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). 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). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6–7 (January, April, July 1903). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970).

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