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KINGSTON, WILLIAM (?–1845). William Kingston, a partner of Peter Powell as a homesteader in Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, was one of twelve children of Thomas and Jane Kingston of Illinois. He was in Texas by May 1823, when he enlisted as a private in a scouting company headed by Moses Morrison, which had been raised to guard against Karankawa Indians in the area around the Colorado River and Tres Palacios Creek. Kingston and Powell received title to a sitio of land now in Matagorda County on May 8, 1827. In 1832 Kingston served under Aylett C. Buckner at the battle of Velasco. Kingston, whose sister Catharine also settled in Matagorda County, died there on March 19, 1845.


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). Dan E. Kilgore, A Ranger Legacy: 150 Years of Service to Texas (Austin: Madrona, 1973). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986).

Rachel Jenkins


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

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