SHIPMAN, MOSES (177?–1837). Moses Shipman, a native of North Carolina and an Old Three Hundred colonist, married Mary Robinson of South Carolina on January 19, 1798; they had ten children. The family appears to have lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. By 1819 they had moved west to Missouri, where they remained until October 1821, when they started for Texas; they crossed the Red River near Jonesboro on March 9, 1822. After a favorable report by Moses's son Daniel Shipman on the Austin colony, the family moved to the Brazos River area in March 1823 and located in the fork of Mill Creek and the Brazos River near San Felipe. On July 19, 1824, Shipman received title to a sitio of land that later became part of Fort Bend County and a labor of land now in Austin County. In 1825 the family moved from the Austin County location to a league on Oyster Creek twenty miles below the site of present Richmond in Fort Bend County. The census of March 1826 listed a household consisting of Shipman, his wife Mary, and their eight children. In April 1834 Shipman attended court under live oak trees at the home of Dr. Pleasant W. Rose. In February 1836 he was president of the election at John Owens's home to choose delegates to the Convention of 1836. As the Mexican army of Antonio López de Santa Anna approached the Fort Bend area Shipman and his family joined their neighbors in the Runaway Scrape. The family had reached Lynchburg when the news of the battle of San Jacinto halted their exodus. On their return home the Shipman family camped one night on the field at San Jacinto, surrounded by hundreds of unburied Mexican corpses. At home the Shipmans found destroyed fences and slaughtered cattle and began to rebuild. Sources disagree about when Shipman died. Some report he died in January 1838. A court document filed by his son in October of 1838 states that his father has been in his grave for almost 18 months which would place the death date in the spring of 1837.


Robert Allen, "Among Austin's Original Three Hundred," Voice of the Mexican Border, January 1934. 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). "Reminiscences of Mrs. Dilue Harris," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 4, 7 (October 1900, January 1901, January 1904). Daniel Shipman, Frontier Life: 58 Years in Texas (1879). Andrew Jackson Sowell, History of Fort Bend County (Houston: Coyle, 1904; rpt, Richmond, Texas: Fort Bend County Historical Museum, 1974). Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).

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