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Carson, William C. (1790–1836)

Biography Entry

William C. Carson, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born in Delaware in 1790 and moved to Texas from Indiana or possibly Louisiana about 1824. He was married to Katherine (Catherine) Patterson, and the couple had five children. Carson received title to a league of land now in Brazoria County on May 15, 1827. He was reportedly in poor health when he arrived in Texas and died before the end of the Texas Revolution in 1836. His widow and children fled to the Sabine in the Runaway Scrape that year. His widow married Gail Borden, Sr., in 1842.

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). James A. Creighton, A Narrative History of Brazoria County (Angleton, Texas: Brazoria County Historical Commission, 1975). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-).

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

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

Anonymous, “Carson, William C.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 28, 2021,

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