Bostwick, Caleb R. (unknown–ca. 1837)

By: Rachel Jenkins

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 25, 2019

Caleb R. Bostwick (Bostick, Bostic), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, may have originally been from Columbia County, New York. He moved to Texas as early as 1820 or 1821, when he traveled from Arkansas with John Ingram and the Thomas Williams family. In 1822 Bostwick and Williams helped move newly arrived settlers up the Colorado from the landing at its mouth. A census of the Colorado District in March 1823 listed Bostwick as a twenty-eight-year-old carpenter who owned one horse. By May of that year he had enlisted in a scouting company, headed by Moses Morrison, that had been raised to control Karankawa Indians in the area around the Colorado River and Tres Palacios Creek, and in June 1823 Bostwick, Williams, Morrison, and Thomas Jamison cut a path south to Bay Prairie in what later became Matagorda County, then over to the rich lands of the Caney Creek bottom and to Cedar Lake. In November 1823 Bostwick subscribed ten bushels of corn toward paying the expenses of the Baron de Bastrop as Texas delegate to the Mexican congress. Bostwick was a partner of Robert Brotherton as one of the Old Three Hundred colonists. The partners received title to a sitio now in Matagorda County on July 24, 1824. In October 1825 Bostwick joined Daniel DeCrow and other colonists at Cedar Lake in petitioning Austin to treat with the Karankawa Indians. The census of 1826 listed Bostwick as a single farmer and stock raiser. He eventually married Martha DeMoss, daughter of Martha and Charles DeMoss, and they had at least one child. In November 1830 Bostwick and Morrison were among the commissioners appointed by the ayuntamiento of San Felipe to report on the best route for a road from Jennings Crossing on the Colorado River to Brazoria. Bostwick fought in Aylett C. Buckner's company at the battle of Velasco in June 1832. The exact date of his death is unknown. In March 1837 Isaac Van Dorn applied to be administrator of his estate.

Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). 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). Dan E. Kilgore, A Ranger Legacy: 150 Years of Service to Texas (Austin: Madrona, 1973). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986). Texas Gazette, November 6, 1830. Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade, An Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936). E. W. Winkler, comp., Manuscript Letters and Documents of Early Texians (Austin: Steck, 1937).

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  • Mexican Texas

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Rachel Jenkins, “Bostwick, Caleb R.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 02, 2022,

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April 25, 2019

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