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KENNEDY, SAMUEL (?–ca. 1833). Samuel Kennedy, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, arrived in Austin's colony as early as 1823, when he and Horatio Chriesman undertook to cultivate Martin Varner's land near the site of present Independence. That same year he and Chriesman pursued thieves who had reportedly stolen Varner's horses. In February and March of 1824 Kennedy and Charles Johnson were chain bearers when Chriesman surveyed the Oyster Creek area. In April of that year Kennedy voted in the Austin colony election and on July 7 received title to a league and a labor now in Fort Bend County. The census of 1826 listed him as a widower aged between forty and fifty. He was listed as a farmer and stock raiser, but he was known as Dr. Kennedy and apparently practiced medicine. He probably died before August 31, 1833, for an entry in William B. Travis's diary for that date mentions legal work in connection with the Sam Kennedy estate.

Another Samuel Kennedy, an Englishman, arrived in Texas in April 1829 and settled in Austin's second colony.


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). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6–7 (January-July 1903). William Barret Travis, Diary, ed. Robert E. Davis (Waco: Texian, 1966). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).


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

"KENNEDY, SAMUEL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.