Robert Wooster

WHITE, MATTHEW G. (1775–ca. 1830). Matthew G. White, early Texas settler, surveyor, and alcalde of the Atascosito District, son of John and Mary White, was born in Charlotte County, Virginia, in 1775. He and his wife, Lucy (Price) White, moved to Mississippi, where they established a plantation near Liberty, the county seat of Amite County. White and his son-in-law, Hugh B. Johnston, were among the leaders of a contingent of immigrants to Texas in 1825. White claimed a league of Atascosito District land on the east bank of the Trinity River in what is now part of the city of Liberty. The 1826 census listed him as a farmer and stockraiser. As was the case for many other area residents, however, the Mexican government did not immediately recognize his claim. This led White to join a number of local settlers in petitioning Mexican president Anastasio Bustamante for action in the matter in 1827. Despite his grievances, White was alcalde of the Atascosito District in 1829–30. White drowned in Self's Bayou in late 1830 or early 1831. He had twelve children; James B. Woods and Hugh B. Johnston married two of his daughters. Mexico finally recognized White's land claim in 1831, and the area was subsequently found to have large quantities of oil. In 1976 the Liberty Bicentennial celebration commemorated White's prerevolutionary grant with a marker.

Miriam Partlow, Liberty, Liberty County, and the Atascosito District (Austin: Pemberton, 1974).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Wooster, "WHITE, MATTHEW G.," accessed August 21, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwh25.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox