SCOTT, JAMES (?–?). James Scott, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land in what is now Fort Bend County on August 7, 1824. The census of 1826 classified him as a stock raiser and farmer, aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, two sons, and a daughter. Half of his league on the San Bernard River was bought by John R. Harris at a sheriff's sale before May 1830.

Another James Scott arrived in Texas from New York and signed his character certificate at San Augustine on September 22, 1834. He may have been the individual who appeared in an 1858 list of deceased persons whose heirs were "entitled to claims for land." The Scott in that list was reported to have been wounded in the Texas army and to have died in New York City in 1836. His wife was said to have returned to New York from Texas in 1838 with a Captain Higgins.


D. E. E Braman, Braman's Information about Texas (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1858). 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). James Scott Character Certificate, Texas General Land Office, Austin. James Scott Land Title, Texas General Land Office, Austin. John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Memorandum Book of Applications for Land, Texas General Land Office, Austin. Marion Day Mullins, First Census of Texas, 1829–1836, and Other Early Records of the Republic of Texas (Washington: National Genealogical Society, 1959). Texas Gazette, May 8, 1830.

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