John Crier (Cryer), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, moved to Texas from Arkansas under the colonization law of March 1825. His character certificate stated that he was a twenty-four-year-old widower with five slaves, a daughter, and a son, Andrew, who eventually served in Sam Houston's army during the Texas Revolution. As an Old Three Hundred colonist, Crier received title to a sitio of land in what is now Matagorda County on June 6, 1827, though sometime before 1836 he may have settled in the territory of Fayette County. The Austin Texas Sentinel of August 5, 1841, listed Crier as delinquent on direct taxes due in Colorado County in 1840. He was killed by Indians near Fayetteville, Fayette County, probably in the 1840s, and was buried on the edge of Ross Prairie (see ROSS PRAIRIE, TEXAS).