Brookshire, Nathen (1793–1853)

By: William Reed

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Nathen (Nathan) Brookshire, early settler, was born to James and Mary Brookshire of Rutherford County, Tennessee, in 1793. Before he moved to Texas in 1832, he served in both the Creek War and the War of 1812. On October 5, 1835, he received a league of land in Stephen F. Austin's fifth colony. He and his wife, the former Mary Ann Hooks, settled with three of their six children on land now in Waller and Fort Bend counties. Brookshire fought with Capt. John Bird's company in the Bird's Creek Indian Fight near the site of Temple. During the bloody battle against hundreds of Indians, Bird was killed, and Brookshire was chosen to succeed him. In return for his service he received 640 acres of land. In 1850 Captain Brookshire listed his occupation as farmer. At his death on January 10, 1853, his estate was valued at $2,900. It included almost 2,000 acres in Harris, Fort Bend, and Austin counties. He is buried in the Brookshire Cemetery.

Corrie Pattison Haskew, Historical Records of Austin and Waller Counties (Houston: Premier Printing and Letter Service, 1969). Waller County Historical Survey Committee, A History of Waller County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1973).

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

William Reed, “Brookshire, Nathen,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994