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PETTUS, FREEMAN (1781–?). Freeman Pettus, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers, was born in 1781 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the son of Samuel O. and Jane (Freeman) Pettus. He immigrated to Texas with his brother William Pettus and James B. Bailey in the spring of 1822. In August 1822 he was at La Bahía and undertook to drive a herd of horses belonging to John Hanna to his own place on the San Jacinto River. Some of the stock was lost, and legal difficulties ensued. In February 1824 Thomas M. Duke and Freeman Pettus made an agreement to purchase William Hollandqv's land. As one of the Old Three Hundred colonists, Pettus on August 3, 1824, received title to two leagues and one labor of land now part of Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, and Brazoria counties. In May 1827 he gave notice of a lawsuit against John C. Reed to be tried at San Felipe in February 1828. Pettus married Elizabeth Craddock before moving to Texas, and they had at least two sons, Samuel and Edward C., who fought with the Texas army during the Texas Revolution.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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