Baine, Noel Moses (1800–1864)

By: Mrs. David H. Peterson

Type: Biography

Published: August 1, 1995

Updated: October 18, 2018

Moses Baine, early colonist, soldier, and planter, was born in 1800 at Hamilton's Bawn, County Armagh, Ireland, the son of George and Sarah Baine. One source, however, lists his parents as Noel M. and Mary Baine. He immigrated to America in 1818, settling at Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, on February 13, 1830, he married Cecilia Inglesby, daughter of William and Alicia MacKernan Inglesby. On March 6, 1830, they sailed for Texas, landing in New Orleans on April 1, and from there proceeded by water to Brazoria, arriving on April 6. They stayed several weeks with the James Lynch family, then went on to San Felipe de Austin. Moses Baine received a sitio of land granted him by the Mexican government through empresario Stephen F. Austin on April 26, 1831. The land was in what is now Brazos County, on the east side of the Brazos River. According to Moses Baine's family records, they resided nine miles from San Felipe, and according to family tradition, their house was the only one in the colony that had glass panes in its windows. Also according to family records, they had twelve head of cattle, three horses, and plenty of hogs; it was also noted that Moses Baine taught the children of the colony and in addition farmed. During the Texas Revolution, on March 5, 1836, Moses Baine enlisted in the Texas army. He also participated in the battle of San Jacinto, and his name is listed on the bronze plaque at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park. He received a bounty certificate for 320 acres of land for this service; the bounty warrant was dated March 19, 1839. On October 17, 1842, Moses Baine enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Texas under Philip Haddox Coe, Company A, First Regiment, and marched to Bexar, and then to the Rio Grande. For this service in the Somervell expedition, he received $67.50. Moses and Cecilia Baine made their home near San Felipe de Austin until 1837, when he purchased land in Washington County from Obadiah Hudson; they settled there permanently. The couple had ten children, two of whom died young. Moses Baine was a successful planter in Washington County until his death on May 28, 1864. His wife died on October 16, 1872. Both are buried in marked graves in Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Texas. The grave of Moses Baine is further marked with a Texas Historical Commission marker dedicated in the early 1980s.

Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin. Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967).

  • Peoples
  • Irish
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers
  • Military
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Mrs. David H. Peterson, “Baine, Noel Moses,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995
October 18, 2018