REELS, PATRICK (?–?). Patrick Reels (also given as Patrick Brias) was a partner of John Trobough as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. The two received title to a sitio of land now in Harris County on May 1, 1827. The census of 1826 listed Reels as a single man aged between twenty-five and forty and classified him as a farmer and stock raiser. In 1831 he asked for a half league of land on Eagle Lake. Robert J. W. Reels and Patrick Reels were both clients of William B. Travis in 1833, when Patrick sold Martin Allen two labors of land. At the time of the Runaway Scrape in 1836, the Reelses and the David Bright family from the Colorado area camped near Liberty. Patrick Reels married Bright's daughter Mary, the widow of Gabriel Straw Snider, on November 25, 1837. In 1838 Reels was issued a headright certificate for a half league and a labor of land in Colorado County.
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