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HARRIS, WILLIAM (?–?). William Harris, Brazoria County official and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was a native of Maine and received title to a sitio of land in what is now Brazoria County on July 10, 1824. He is probably the William Harris listed in the 1826 census as a farmer and stock raiser aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, Ruth, and two sons. Ruth was the daughter of Alexander Hodge. Since three of the original colonists were named William or William J. Harris, their exact identification is difficult. The William Harris of Brazoria County was presiding officer at the election at Chocolate Bayou in February 1836, when delegates were chosen for the Convention of 1836.

Another William Harris sold part of his land to Henry Austin. At the time of his death in 1833 he owned a sawmill and 2,362 acres on Chocolate Bayou and one unlocated labor of land plus stock, household furniture, and fixtures.


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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959).


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

"HARRIS, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.