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SMITH, CORNELIUS (1783–1837). Cornelius Smith, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born on December 23, 1783, in Lincoln County, Kentucky. He received title to a sitio of land now in Brazoria County on August 10, 1824. Smith married a woman named Elizabeth on January 21, 1808. The census of March 1826 classified him as a farmer aged between twenty-five and forty. His household included his wife, Betsy, four sons, three daughters, three servants, and three slaves. Smith died sometime before December 6, 1837, when Elizabeth Smith and Edwin Waller were administering his estate.


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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Telegraph and Texas Register, December 9, 1837.

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